Vietnam highlights ASEAN-India maritime connectivity
Updated : Saturday, July 21, 2018 3:50 PM (GMT+0700)

VietnameseDeputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Nguyen Quoc Dung highlighted the role ofmaritime connectivity between the Association of Southeast Asian Nations(ASEAN) and India at the 10th Delhi Dialogue on July 19.

Vietnamese Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Nguyen Quoc Dung speaks at the 10th Delhi
Dialogue - Source: VNA

Addressing the event, DeputyFM Dung emphasised the long-standing maritime links between ASEAN membercountries and India, as well as the role of maritime shipping routes throughASEAN and India in international trade. 

Maritime cooperation hasoffered opportunities and challenges for both sides, he said.

Maritime connectivity is oneof the key areas that the two sides need to take advantage of in order tostrengthen their economic and trade cooperation, Dung said, proposing theyspare no effort to conclude negotiations on the ASEAN-India maritimetransportation agreement. 

ASEAN and India shouldstrengthen and develop maritime infrastructure, said the Deputy FM, includinghard infrastructure such as seaport systems, logistics and transport; and softinfrastructure like policies, rules, and regulations to connect the transportof goods and relevant services.

He underlined the need topreserve the marine environment alongside economic development. 

The Deputy FM applauded theresults of the second ASEAN-India seminar on blue marine economy, co-chaired byIndia and Vietnam, in New Delhi on July 18, following the first in Vietnam inNovember 2017.

Dung and others from ASEANmember countries and India emphasised the need to maintain marine security andsafety as a prerequisite for both sides to develop their maritime economies. Hespecified that countries involved need to ensure the principles on freedom ofnavigation and aviation, respect international law, including the 1982 UNConvention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), while also strengthening cooperationto tackle transnational challenges such as pirates, human trafficking, andweapon and drug smuggling.

The Delhi Dialogue is heldannually to discuss measures to implement the ASEAN-India strategicpartnership. The 2018 dialogue saw more than 200 delegates, includingministers, government officials, policymakers, scholars, business leaders, andorganisation representatives from both sides. Governors of India’s northeasternstates were also present at the event to promote relations between the regionand ASEAN.

The Delhi Dialogue focuseddiscussions on a series of issues such as the role of India’s northeasternprovinces in cooperation with ASEAN countries; ASEAN-India partnership and therole of marine cooperation in bilateral affiliation; and collaboration intrade, investment, technology, e-commerce, support for small- and medium-sizedenterprises, tourism, and construction of smart cities.


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