Media Statement

25 October 2017

Minister Nkoana-Mashabane congratulates the new Secretary General of IORA, Ambassador Dr Nomvuyo Nokwe

The Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Hon. Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, welcomes the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) Council of Ministers’ appointment of Ambassador Dr Nomvuyo N. Nokwe as the new IORA Secretary General.  Ambassador Dr Nokwe will succeed Ambassador KV Bhagirath as Secretary General after two successful terms in the post.  The Minister takes the opportunity to thank and congratulate Ambassador Bhagirath for his outstanding and dedicated leadership of the IORA Secretariat over the last 6 years.

Ambassador Dr Nokwe is a dynamic African woman who was previously South Africa’s High Commissioner to the Republic of Mauritius also accredited to the Republic of Seychelles. Prior to this, she served as South Africa’s Consul-General in Milan, Italy .Dr Nokwe is a seasoned diplomat and possesses the requisite skills to sufficiently manage the Secretariat of IORA and further lead the Association to greater heights. She will take up her new post in January 2018 for a period of three years.

Significantly, Ambassador Dr Nokwe’s appointment presents an historic milestone as the first female Secretary General of IORA, and gives direct expression and impetus to IORA’s efforts to promote women’s economic empowerment.

Enquiries: Mr Clayson Monyela, 082 884 5974


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