Prime Minister attended the 20th ASEAN-India Summit and the 18th East Asia Summit (EAS) in Jakarta on 7 September 2023.
The two summits were an opportunity for India to strengthen its relationships with ASEAN countries and reaffirm its commitment to a free, open, and rules-based Indo-Pacific.
At the ASEAN-India Summit, the Prime Minister extensively discussed with ASEAN partners on further strengthening the ASEAN-India Comprehensive Strategic Partnership and charting its future course. Prime Minister reaffirmed ASEAN’s centrality in the Indo-Pacific and highlighted the synergies between India’s Indo-Pacific Ocean Initiative (IPOI) and ASEAN’s Outlook on the Indo-Pacific (AOIP). He also emphasized the need to complete the review of the ASEAN-India FTA (AITIGA) in a time-bound manner.
PM’s 12-Point Proposal
Prime Minister presented a 12-point proposal for strengthening India – ASEAN cooperation covering connectivity, digital transformation, trade and economic engagement, addressing contemporary challenges, people-to-people contacts and deepening strategic engagement, as follows:
• Establishing multi-modal connectivity and economic corridor that links South-East Asia-India-West Asia-Europe
• Offered to share India’s Digital Public Infrastructure Stack with ASEAN partners
• Announced ASEAN-India fund for Digital Future focusing on cooperation in digital transformation and financial connectivity
• Announced renewal of support to the Economic and Research Institute of ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA) to act as a knowledge partner for enhancing our engagement.
• Called for collectively raising issues being faced by Global South in multilateral fora
• Invited ASEAN countries to join the Global Centre for Traditional Medicine being established by WHO in India
• Called for working together on Mission LiFE
• Offered to share India’s experience in providing affordable and quality medicines to people through Jan-Aushadhi Kendras
• Called for collective fight against terrorism, terror financing and cyber-disinformation
• Invited ASEAN countries to join Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure
• Called for cooperation in disaster management
• Called for enhanced cooperation on maritime safety, security and domain awareness
Two Joint Statements, one on Maritime Cooperation, and the other on Food Security were adopted.
In addition to India and ASEAN Leaders, Timor-Leste participated in the Summit as an observer.
Key Highlights of the 18th East Asia Summit
At the 18th East Asia Summit, Prime reiterated the importance of EAS mechanism and reaffirmed our support to further strengthening it. Prime Minister underlined India’s support for ASEAN centrality and called for ensuring a free, open and rules-based Indo-Pacific.
- Reaffirming Commitment to East Asia Summit:
- The PM of India emphasized the significance of the EAS mechanism and reaffirmed India’s support for further strengthening it.
- India’s strong support for ASEAN centrality and called for ensuring a free, open and rules-based Indo-Pacific.
- Quad’s Vision and Global Challenges:
- Insights into the PM’s discussion on the Quad’s vision and the cooperative approach to address global challenges like terrorism, climate change, and resilient supply chains.
- India’s Initiatives in Climate Change:
- India’s initiatives in climate change, including ISA (International Solar Alliance), CDRI (Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure), LiFE (Mission LiFE), and OSOWOG (One Sun One World One Grid) were highlighted.
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