indian ocean rim association

The Indian Ocean Rim Association is an international organization consisting of coastal states bordering the Indian Ocean. Comprising 21 Member States and 7 Dialogue Partners, the IORA’s objectives are: (1) to promote sustainable growth and balanced development of the region and member states; (2) to focus on those areas of economic cooperation which provide maximum opportunities for development, shared interest and mutual benefits; and (3) to promote liberalization, remove impediments and lower barriers towards a freer and enhanced flow of goods, services, investment, and technology within the Indian Ocean rim.

This committee is specifically designed for intermediate and experienced delegates. Position papers, although strongly recommended, are not required. However, delegates who wish to be considered for an award must submit their position papers by Sunday, January 13, 2019, at 23:59 PST. More information about position papers can be found on page 3 of the Background Guide.

Topic A: Implementing the Blue Economy (Click to show summary)

Topic B: Maritime Safety and Security (Click to show summary)

Albert Chen | Director

A rising junior attending the IB programme at Port Moody Secondary School, Albert is beyond honoured and ecstatic to be Directing the Indian Ocean Rim Association at VMUN 2019. After being introduced to Model United Nations in grade 10, Albert was instantly captivated by the fiery debates and realistic simulations of diplomacy and learned to overcome his fear of public speaking. With a strong passion for global affairs, Albert is excited to share his experiences with delegates and witness their growth and development as a Director. Outside of Model United Nations, Albert can be found at business case competitions, playing badminton, participating in a variety of non-profit organizations, or trying to survive IB. Albert is exhilarated to witness the intense debate unravel amongst delegates, and looks forward to a fruitful weekend.

Sarah Buddhason | Chair

Sarah is a senior at Moscrop Secondary School and is ecstatic to serve as the Chair for the Indian Ocean Rim Association. Ever since her first conference four years ago, Model UN has become an invaluable part of her life. Whether she is in front of or behind the dais table, she will always love the rigorous debate and individual empowerment that defines MUN. In her spare time, Sarah can be found drawing on Adobe Illustrator, testing her spice tolerance at various hot pot restaurants, and, of course, clarifying what her ethnicity is. Sarah is in a sleep-deprived state of excitement for a weekend of diplomacy, and is confident that VMUN 2019 will be a memorable experience for all delegates!

Jasper Mai | Assistant Director

Jasper is a rising senior attending Fraser Heights Secondary School and is absolutely ecstatic to serve as the Assistant Director for the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA). After raising his placard thrice in his first Model United Nations conference three years ago, Jasper has since been captivated continuously by the MUN community. When he is not indulging in MUN, Jasper will usually be found participating in athletics like badminton and volleyball, or sometimes even in the confusing world of debate. You can often encounter Jasper making cringe-worthy puns or binge-watching B99 and HIMYM. In the conference that started his staffing journey, Jasper is thrilled to be working alongside some wonderful friends in one of the most intriguing committees that VMUN has to offer. During this particular weekend of January, Jasper looks forward to what hopefully develops into an unforgettable experience for all delegates and himself. 

You can contact the Director at with any questions regarding the committee or its debate procedures. Position papers must also be submitted to this address.