The MOU applies to the waters and coastal States of the Indian Ocean and South-East Asia and adjacent seas, extending eastwards to the Torres Strait. This agreement area is considered to cover 44 Range States. For implementation purposes, the area is divided into four sub-regions: South-East Asia (plus Australia, China, Japan, Republic of Korea and United States), Northern Indian Ocean, Northwestern Indian Ocean, and Western Indian Ocean.

35 countries are so far Signatories to the MOU (date of signature in brackets):

  • Australia (23.06.2001)
  • Bahrain (10.12.2006)
  • Bangladesh (23.10.2003)
  • Cambodia (12.12.2002)
  • Comoros (23.06.2001)
  • Egypt (17.02.2014)
  • Eritrea (24.11.2005)
  • France (05.12.2008)
  • India (20.02.2007)
  • Indonesia (31.03.2005)
  • Islamic Republic of Iran (23.06.2001)
  • Jordan (18.03.2004)
  • Kenya (09.05.2002)
  • Madagascar (22.01.2003)
  • Malaysia (19.09.2011)
  • Maldives (26.04.2010)
  • Mauritius (12.07.2002)
  • Mozambique (05.12.2008)
  • Myanmar (23.06.2001)
  • Oman (16.03.2004)
  • Pakistan (12.07.2004)
  • Papua New Guinea (10.09.2010)
  • Philippines (23.06.2001)
  • Saudi Arabia (03.08.2005)
  • Seychelles (22.01.2003)
  • South Africa (22.02.2005)
  • Sri Lanka (23.06.2001)
  • Sudan (17.02.2014)
  • Thailand (12.05.2004)
  • United Arab Emirates (18.01.2007)
  • United Kingdom (27.03.2002)
  • United Republic of Tanzania (23.06.2001)
  • United States of America (23.06.2001)
  • Viet Nam (24.07.2001)
  • Yemen (20.08.2008)

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A list of Focal Points can be accessed here.