The year 2022 marks the 30th anniversary of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) – India relation and it is also designated as the ASEAN-India Friendship Year.
- As an activity towards the anniversary, the Indian-ASEAN think tanks viz, ASEAN Studies Centre of ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute, New Delhi and the ASEAN-India Centre (AIC) at the Research and Information System (RIS) for Developing Countries, launched their 1st joint training and capacity building programme titled ‘ASEAN-India Development Partnership Programme’ (AIDPP) for scholars and practitioners of ASEAN countries and India.
i.Objective: The programme aims to strengthen the people-to-people and institutional linkages between India and ASEAN.
ii.The programme remarks the coordination between 3 organisations viz, AIC at RIS, ASEAN Studies Centre of ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute, and Asian Confluence.
iii.The programme included lectures on ASEAN-India relations, changing the profile of ASEAN-India investment relations, the deepening of trade integration, etc.
iv.Singapore has taken over from Thailand as the country coordinator for ASEAN-India dialogue relations in August 2021, it will hold this role till 2024.
Participants – V.V. Sapkal, Joint Secretary (South), India’s Ministry of External Affairs, Mark Neo, Director-General, ASEAN Directorate, Choi Shing Kwok, Director and CEO of ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute, Prof Sachin Chaturvedi, and Director General of RIS, were some of the participants of the AIDPP programme launch.
About ASEAN-India Relation:
i.India’s relationship with ASEAN is a key pillar of our foreign policy and the foundation of our Act East Policy.
ii.India became a Sectoral Partner of the ASEAN in 1992, Dialogue Partner in 1996, Summit Level Partner in 2002, and Strategic Partner in 2012.
iii.As per the partnership years, the year 2022 will mark the 25th anniversary of the ASEAN-India Dialogue Partnership, the 10th anniversary of Strategic Partnership, and the 30th anniversary of ASEAN-India overall relation.
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About ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations):
Establishment – 8 August 1967
Headquarters – Jakarta, Indonesia
Secretary-General – H.E. Dato Lim Jock Hoi (2018 -2022)