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Special ASEAN-India Foreign Ministers’ Meeting

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Special ASEAN-India Foreign Ministers’ Meeting

Recently a meeting of foreign ministers of ASEAN countries has been held. External Affairs Minister of India has participated in this India-ASEAN Foreign Ministers Meeting (AIFMM).Special ASEAN-India Foreign Ministers' Meeting

The two sides discussed ways to enhance ASEAN-India cooperation in the post-COVID period.

  • These include increasing cooperation in the areas of smart agriculture, health care, new and renewable energy, digital inclusivity and fin-
  • Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN/ASEAN-India Areas of Cooperation) ASEAN is India’s fourth largest trading partner.
  • The share of ASEAN in India’s total trade is 6 percent. ASEAN is at the heart of India’s ‘Act East Policy’ and ‘Indo-Pacific Ocean Initiative (IPOI)’.
  • India is a member of the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF). The ARF focuses on the political and cross-security dimensions for ASEAN.

Major Collaboration Projects:

Mekong-Ganga Cooperation, India-Myanmar-Thailand Trilateral Highway, Kaladan Multimodal Project etc.

Separate bilateral military exercises with India ASEAN members:

  • Indo – Thai CORPAT with Indonesia and Thailand,
  • Samudra-Shakti with Indonesia,
  • Simbex with Singapore.

Key concerns:

  • China dominates economic investment. There has been delay on the part of India in completing the projects.
  • ASEAN is an intergovernmental organization of 10 countries. Its purpose is primarily to promote economic development and regional stability among its members.
  • ASEAN is located at the heart of the Indo-Pacific, through which 50% of global trade passes. Thus, the strategic importance of this region is immense.
  • The year 2022 completes 30 years of ASEAN-India relations. It is being celebrated as ‘ASEAN-India Friendship Year’.

Source – The Hindu

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