ASEAN, India hold 18th meeting of joint cooperation committee
Updated : Sunday, June 24, 2018 3:56 PM (GMT+0700)

The18th ASEAN-India Joint Cooperation Committee Meeting, held inJakarta, Indonesia on June 22, highlighted cooperation between the two sides inthe past years, and reached consensus on measures to elevate the ASEAN-Indiarelations in the coming time. 

At the 18th ASEAN-India Joint Cooperation Committee Meeting, held in Jakarta, Indonesia
on June 22 - Photo: VNA

The event was co-chaired byVietnamese Ambassador Nguyen Hoanh Nam, Head of the Vietnamese PermanentRepresentative delegation to ASEAN and Indian Ambassador to ASEANSuresh.K.Reddy.

A line-up of activities werecarried out to mark the 25th anniversary of the ASEAN-India dialoguerelations in 2017, the participants said, elaborating that those have helpedstrengthen bonds between people in the ASEAN member states and India.

Notably, they spoke highlyof the organisation of the ASEAN-India Commemorative Summit to celebrate thedialogue ties in January, during which state leaders from both sides adoptedthe Delhi Declaration with various strategic orientations for bilateralcooperation.

Both parties expressed theirdelights over the fruitful collaboration in the fields of politics-security,economy and culture-economy while lauding the results of the ASEAN-India ActionPlan during 2016-2020 with 97 out of 130 lines of actions implemented.

The ASEAN-India strategicpartnership has been consolidated and deepened in 28 cooperative mechanisms inthe fields of politics-security.

Regarding the economicsector, India continued to be the 7th largest trade partner of ASEANwith 70 billion USD in two-way trade in 2017. India poured more than 1 billionUSD in foreign direct investment in the ASEAN countries in 2016, a year-on-yearincrease of 9.4 percent.

Regarding culture andsociety, India is one of the most active supporters of ASEAN in narrowing thedevelopment gap, developing human resources, training ininformation-technology, health care, adapting to climate change and managingnatural disasters as well as promoting mutual understanding between peoplethrough periodical exchange programmes.

ASEAN and India agreed toensure the effective implementation of the remaining lines of action in theASEAN-India Plan of Action in 2016-2020 and the list of priority fields tofurther enhance the bilateral cooperation.

India pledged to activelysupport the implementation of the ASEAN Community Vision 2025 and the bloc’scentral role as well as participate in ASEAN-led mechanisms.

The country will enhancecooperation with ASEAN in navigation, anti-terrorism and transnational crimesin addition to increasing trade and investment ties.

India showed highdetermination to complete negotiations for the Regional Comprehensive EconomicPartnership (RCEP), develop green marine economy, cooperate in connecting sea,land and air routes and promote digital connectivity.

It will provide support tonarrow the development gap in ASEAN, beef up tourism and people-to-peopleexchanges, cultural heritage preservation, exchanges of officials and students,and enhance information-technology capacity, natural disaster management, andclimate change resilience for the bloc.

Meanwhile, ASEAN welcomedand highly valued India’s contribution of more than 1.5 million USD toASEAN-India Cooperation Fund and ASEAN-India Green Fund in 2018 to carry outmore effectively joint projects.

The Vietnamese Ambassadorspoke highly of the outcomes gained in ASEAN-India cooperation over the pasttime and welcomed India to consider ASEAN a pillar in the its Act Eastpolicy. 

He called on India tocontinuously work with ASEAN to make more contributions to peace, security anddevelopment cooperation in Indian Ocean and Pacific regions, especially in theEast Sea.

India is also expected tooffer more assistance for ASEAN to reinforce the strong development of theASEAN Community.

At the meeting, ASEANcountries and India highly valued the coordinating role of Vietnam in promotingASEAN-India relations in 2015-2018.

The Southeast Asian countryhas also put forth a number of initiatives to enhance the bilateral cooperationthrough numerous activities in celebration of the 25th foundinganniversary of ASEAN-India dialogue partnership in 2017, helping elevate theirties to a new height.

Thailand will be the nextcountry to play the coordinating role in ASEAN-India relations in 2018-2021.

The 19th ASEAN-IndiaJoint Cooperation Committee Meeting is scheduled to take place in Jakarta,Indonesia, in 2019.


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