CONTENTS From Ambassador’s Desk............................................... 3 ASEAN-India: Partnership for Peace & Shared Prosperity...................... 4 India-ASEAN @ 20.......................................................... 6 India-ASEAN Trade & Collaboration................................. 8 India’s Look East Policy................................................. 10 ASEAN-India Sail Ship Expedition.................................. 11 ASEAN-India Car Rally 2012.......................................... 13 2nd India-ASEAN Business Fair..................................... 14 ASEAN-India engagement scales new heights............. 15
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From Ambassador’s Desk Dear Reader, It is with great pleasure that we bring you this second (special) edition of the Newsletter, a quarterly journal published by Embassy of India, Bangkok in collaboration with LB Associates. This edition is entirely focused on ASEAN-India relations as we near the Special ASEAN-India Commemorative Summit in New Delhi on December 20-21, 2012. We stand on the anvil of several exciting events in the next few months, including the historic ASEAN-India Car Rally (November 26-December 20, 2012) and Sailing Ship ‘Sudarshini’ Expedition (September 15, 2012 to March 26, 2013). You will find details of these and associated marker events planned in Thailand, for which this Embassy and Thailand’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs have been working closely. There is a definite buzz of excitement and anticipation in Thailand with regard to these events and colourful activities have been planned in Hat Yai, Phuket, Bangkok, Pitsanulok and Sukothai to welcome the rallyists. Similar events have been planned for the Sailing Ship visit to Bangkok and Phuket early next year. Thailand’s Prime Minister H.E. Yingluck Shinawatra will ceremoniously flag off the rallyists from Royal Plaza in Bangkok the morning of 2 December, 2012. Indian Minister for Commerce, Industry and Textiles, H.E. Anand Sharma will also be present at the flag off. A business seminar on December 3 is being organised on the theme ‘ASEAN-India connectivity: Promoting linkages between ASEAN and India’s North-East’. This seminar will see a number of business-to-business meetings for which several companies from India’s north-eastern states will be present. In the run up to the rally’s arrival in Bangkok, a week-long Indian food festival is being inaugurated on November 28 at Centara Grand Hotel, Central World, for which two specialist chefs are being flown in from India. A special performance by prominent Bharatanatyam dancer Leela Samson and her troupe will be held on December 2 evening, as part of a reception I will be hosting at Bangkok Convention Centre, Centara Central World. Besides that, I will host a reception in Phuket on November 30 for the rallyists, for which the Governor of Phuket has agreed to be the chief guest. Other prominent events in Bangkok we are collaborating in are - 10th World Film Festival of Bangkok (November 16-25, 2012) during which 2 Indian films - ‘Arakshan’ and ‘Chakravyuh’ - directed by Mr. Prakash Jha, will be screened. Film Director Mr. Prakash Jha and film star Ms. Anjali Patil will be in Bangkok for the screening of these 2 films. A Q&A will be held on Nov. 21 at 7 30 pm at Espalnade Cineplex before screening of “Aarakshan”; the ‘International Conference on Indian Writing in English’ in Chulalongkorn University (November 21-23, 2012) where the keynote address on November 22 will be by prominent Indian author and academic, Dr. Amitav Ghosh; International Dance Festival 2012 (November 23-December 9), where “Samudra Dance Company” will perform ‘Jalam’ on November 29-30; and, the 4th “Indian Ideas and Thoughts” Annual Seminar on “India in Southeast Asia: Growing engagement and economic opportunities” (December 12) organized by Centre for Bharat Studies Research Institute for Languages and Cultures of Asia Mahidol University. In October 2012, Indian Embassy in Bangkok, in collaboration with the Directorate of Film Festivals of India and SF World Cinema, hosted the Indian Centenary Film Festival 2012, which screened 10 landmark Indian films. This Festival celebrated 100 years of Indian cinema, 65 years of India-Thailand diplomatic relations and 20 years of ASEAN-India cooperation. This Festival was well received and was a step towards rejuvenating interest for Indian cinema in Thailand. An International Conference to commemorate the 20th Anniversary of ASEAN-India Co-operation was held on September 2021, 2012 at Faculty of Economics, Chulalongkorn University. The theme of this Conference was “Seamless Integration into the Third Decade – Building on Two Decades of ASEAN-India Partnership”. This Conference was a collaboration between Chula Global Network, ASEAN Studies Centre and Indian Studies Centre of Chulalongkorn University, Research and Information System for Developing Countries (RIS), New Delhi and Embassy of India, Bangkok. Papers presented and discussions held over two days raised many interesting points on the future of ASEAN-India relationship. As you can see, past few months have been eventful and the next few will see many more activities. I look forward to seeing you at the various events planned, which will showcase connectivity between ASEAN and India, by land, sea and people-topeople. Don’t miss being a part of these special moments in the history of ASEAN and India. Anil Wadhwa Ambassador of India to Thailand
Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh with the Heads of ASEAN countries, at the10th ASEAN-INDIA summit, in Phnom Penh, Cambodia on November 19, 2012
Partnership for Peace & Shared Prosperity ASEAN-India Commemorative Summit 2012
o mark the 20th anniversary of the ASEAN-India dialogue partnership and the 10th anniversary of ASEAN-India Summitlevel partnership, India is hosting the ASEAN-India Commemorative Summit in New Delhi on December 20-21, 2012. The theme of the summit is ‘ASEANIndia Partnership for Peace and Shared Prosperity’. At the Summit, Leaders of India and ASEAN are expected to chart the future direction of ASEANIndia relations. This would also include recommendations by the ASEAN-India Eminent Persons Group (AIEPG). Enhancing relations with ASEAN has been central to India’s "Look East Policy" and there has been steady progress in the ASEAN-India relations since the policy was initiated in early 90s. India became a sectoral dialogue partner of
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Enhancing relations with ASEAN has been central to India’s “Look East Policy” and there has been steady progress in the ASEAN-India relations since the policy was initiated in early 90s ASEAN in 1992, which was upgraded to full dialogue partnership in 1996. Since 2002, we have had annual Summits with ASEAN. ASEAN and India share the desire that the ASEAN-India Commemorative Summit be the culmination of a yearlong celebration of the partnership. A number of Government to Government
(G-2-G) activities and People to People initiatives (P-2-P) are being organised in consultation with ASEAN capitals in the run up to the Summit during the Commemorative year. Two flagship events being organised as part of the commemorative year events are the Shipping Expedition of INS Sudarshini to ASEAN countries and the ASEAN-India Car Rally, 2012. With common developmental and strategic interests along with emerging security challenges concerning both sides, India and ASEAN hope to take this relationship forward.
Government-to-Government (G2-G) Meetings in the run-up to the Special ASEAN-India Commemorative Summit In fulfillment of the announcement made by the Prime Minister of India at
the 9th ASEAN-India Summit held on November 19, 2011 in Bali, Indonesia, the Department of Space (DoS) of the Government of India convened a meeting of Heads of Space Agencies of India and ASEAN countries in Bangalore, India on June 19-20, 2012. The meeting discussed cooperation in space science and remote sensing and the training of ASEAN Personnel in Space Science & Technology by the Centre for Space Science and Technology Education in Asia and the Pacific (CSSTEAP), India. The Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India convened the 1st Meeting of the ASEAN-India Environment Ministers in August 2012. This was preceded by a "Workshop on Capacity Building on the Nagoya Protocol and Access and Benefit Sharing and Traditional Knowledge and Digital Library for ASEAN, East Asian and South Asian countries”. In addition, Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India hosted the "ASEAN-India Expert Meeting to Develop the Plan of Action for Regional Climate Change Adaptation” in Bangalore on June 27-29, 2012. The meeting resulted in the adoption of a Draft Specific Action Plan to initiate project proposals for co-operation in the immediate, medium and long term timeframe. The Ministry of Agriculture, Government of India convened the 2nd ASEAN-India Ministerial Meeting on Agriculture and Forestry in New Delhi on October 17, 2012. An Agri-Expo was also held backto-back with this meeting. The Ministry of New & Renewable Energy, Government of India is hosting the 1st ASEAN-India Ministerial Meeting on New & Renewable Energy in New Delhi on November 7, 2012. A "Workshop on New and Renewable Energy” is also being held on November 5-6, 2012, back-to-back with the meeting. The Ministry of Commerce and Industry is organising the 2nd ASEANIndia Business Fair/Business Summit/ Business Council on December 18-20, 2012, back-to-back with the ASEANIndia Special Commemorative Summit on December 20-21, 2012. The Fair is aimed at highlighting capabilities and opportunities, across sectors to the
The Ministry of Agriculture, Government of India convened the 2nd ASEANIndia Ministerial Meeting on Agriculture and Forestry in New Delhi on October 17, 2012. An Agri-Expo was also held back-to-back with this meeting businesses from India and ASEAN, for enhancing investment and bilateral trade, B2B Meeting for strengthening and entering into new areas of cooperation, joint strategic partnerships, technology transfer, marketing tie-ups, Reverse Buyer Seller Meet (RBSM) etc. For promotion of this fair, an event was organised on 17th July, 2012 at Hotel Grand Millennium, Bangkok.
People-to-People ( P-2-P) interaction: One of the important events that took place in the run-up to the Summit which seeks to enhance people-topeople interaction was the visit to India by an ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly (AIPA) delegation, led by H.E Dr.Marzuki Alie, President of AIPA and Speaker, House of Representatives of the Republic of Indonesia from July 28 to August 2, 2012. The Research and Information Systems (RIS) of India organised the 1st Meeting of the ASEAN-India Network of ThinkTanks in New Delhi on August 7-8, 2012. Two experts participated from each ASEAN country. In fulfillment of Prime Minister's announcement at the 9th ASEAN-India Summit, India is hosting 250 students from ASEAN countries in 2012, under the ASEAN-India Youth Exchange Programme. 25 students from Thailand are to participate in the programme bein g held in India in December 2012. Under the ASEAN-India Media Exchange Programme, the first group of 20 Media persons visited India at the time of Delhi Dialogue-IV in February
2012. It is now proposed that the second batch of 20 Media persons from ASEAN countries, perhaps Senior Editors, visit India at the time of the Special ASEAN-India Commemorative Summit in December 2012. The first batch of Indian journalists visited Cambodia and Vietnam in July 2012. Their visit to Cambodia coincided with the ASEANIndia Ministerial Meeting and the launch of the Logo in Phnom Penh on July 11, 2012 for the Commemorative Summit and its related activities. As part of India-ASEAN media exchange programme, 2 journalists from Thailand visited India from Feb. 12-17, 2012 during Delhi Dialogue IV. The India-ASEAN Eminent Persons Lecture Series has a number of eminent persons travelling between India and ASEAN in both directions to deliver lectures on various topics of interest over the course of next year. The Foreign Service Institute of India will conduct a special training course for 50 ASEAN Diplomats and 3 Officials from the ASEAN Secretariat (ASEC) from November-December, 2012. The Centre for Public Policy (CPP) of the Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Bangalore is working with the ASEAN Secretariat to finalize an 'Executive Programme in Public Policy and Management' for 20 ASEAN Civil Servants later this year. There are several promotional events being organised by India’s Ministry of Tourism, including exchange visits of travel writers/media persons/monks during a Buddhist Conclave held at Varanasi and Bodh Gaya from Sept. 29-Oct. 1, 2012, North East Mart to be held at Guwahati in Jan. 2013 with participation of Tour Operators/Media Persons/Hoteliers, Exchange visits of Tour Operators and Travel Agents, and Indian Tourism Road-shows. India-ASEAN Artists’ Residency “Merging Metaphors” – held in Darjeeling from June 11-17, 2012. Organised by ICCR. Civilizational Dialogue between India & ASEAN – held in Patna from July 20-22, 2012. Organised by MEA, ICCR, Nalanda University & Govt. of Bihar.
India-ASEAN @ 20 T
he Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has come a long way since its formation in Bangkok 45 years ago. Shifting with the paradigms of the times, it has transformed from a security alliance during the Cold War into a key player of peace and prosperity in Southeast Asia. This year marks another milestone in the history of ASEAN and its relations with India. After their scheduled summit in Phnom Penh in November, all 10 ASEAN leaders will rejoin Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in Delhi to commemorate 20 years of the ASEANIndia dialogue. Over the past two decades, significant strides have been made in the India-ASEAN relationship, and several milestones achieved.
To mark the 20th anniversary of the ASEAN-India dialogue partnership and the 10th anniversary of ASEANIndia Summit-level partnership, India is hosting the ASEAN-India Commemorative Summit in New Delhi on December 20-21, 2012. The theme of the summit is ‘ASEAN-India Partnership for Peace and Shared Prosperity’. The Summit is expected to result in the adoption of a Vision Statement which would chart the future direction of ASEAN-India relations. The ASEAN-India Eminent Persons Group (AIEPG) would be submitting their recommendations to the Leaders on future relations between ASEAN and India at the 10th ASEAN-India Summit
The two summits in December 2012 will be the occasion for policymakers of both sides to take stock of how ASEANIndia relations have fared since the partnership began one year after former Prime Minister Narasimha Rao’s announcement of India’s Look East policy in 1991
in Phnom Penh. Enhancing relations with ASEAN has been central to India’s “Look East Policy” and there has been steady progress in ASEAN-India relations since the policy was initiated in early 90s. India became a sectoral dialogue partner of ASEAN in 1992, which was upgraded to full dialogue partnership in 1996. Since 2002, India has had annual Summits with ASEAN. The two summits in December 2012 will be the occasion for policymakers of both sides to take stock of how ASEAN-India relations have fared since the partnership began one year after former Prime Minister Narasimha Rao’s announcement of India’s Look East policy in 1991. The Delhi summit will also offer an opportune moment to begin the next chapter of our strategic partnership.
Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh and Prime Minister of Thailand Ms. Yingluck Shinawatra meet on the sidelines of 10th ASEAN-India Summit and 7th East Asia Summit in Phnom Penh (November 19, 2012)
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Over the past two decades, IndiaASEAN common interests have expanded, which was reflected in the recently held meeting in Phnom Penh. Foreign Ministers shared virtually the same views on issues that called for
Geographical and cultural closeness makes ASEAN and India natural trading partners. Perhaps nothing can speak for the success of ASEAN-India relations better than trade figures. ASEAN-India trade in 2012 has already surpassed $70 billion, the target set when the free-trade agreement (FTA) in goods was signed three years ago. Back then, trade barely touched $40 billion. It is nearly $80 billion now closer cooperation - regional security challenges, physical, digital and peopleto-people connectivity, and, naturally, trade and investment. In the past two years, the signal of Look East policy by New Delhi towards ASEAN could not have been stronger. Leaders of Indonesia and Thailand were invited consecutively as the chief guests for India’s Republic Day in 2011 and 2012. Going eastward, the Indian President made state visits to Laos and Cambodia in 2010, followed by PM Manmohan Singh’s visits to Malaysia in 2010, Singapore and Indonesia in 2011 and Myanmar in 2012. Geographical and cultural closeness makes ASEAN and India natural trading partners. Perhaps nothing can speak for the success of ASEAN-India relations better than trade figures. ASEAN-India trade in 2012 has already surpassed $70 billion, the target set when the free-trade agreement (FTA) in goods was signed three years ago. Back then, trade barely touched $40 billion. It is nearly $80 billion. Both sides have much more to gain if the remaining FTA negotiations can
be completed soon. Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong made a strong case for that when he visited New Delhi recently. He also invited India to join the ASEAN-centred Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) and urged India to enhance connectivity with ASEAN through road networks and a more liberalised open sky policy. When the market and infrastructure of India and ASEAN become more integrated, they will comprise 1.8 billion people and with a combined GDP worth $3 trillion. The RCEP could potentially extend India’s reach to the markets of Japan, South Korea, China, Australia, and beyond. Connectivity and economic partnership will form the core of the December commemorative summit celebrations. Two flagship events being organised as part of the commemorative year events are the Shipping Expedition of INS Sudarshini to ASEAN countries and the ASEAN-India Car Rally, 2012. The ASEAN-India Car Rally will show that seamless road travel linking Southeast Asia to North-east India is possible. The INS Sudarshini Ship Expedition will retrace the old spice route that founded the unbreakable historical and cultural
ties between India and the countries of Southeast Asia. The second IndiaASEAN Business Fair and Conclave will bring business persons of 11 countries together to further enhance cooperation in areas such as automotive and light engineering, handlooms and decorative items, food processing, infrastructure and construction, information technology and information technology enabled services. At the Delhi summit, leaders also will unveil the ASEAN-India Vision Statement. This new blueprint, authored by the ASEAN-India Eminent Persons Group, will outline actions needed to solidify cooperation. The emerging strategic challenges over the next decades will require the full engagement of India with ASEAN. With common developmental and strategic interests, along with emerging security challenges concerning both sides, India and ASEAN hope to take this relationship forward.
Sources: www.aseansec.org; www.aseanindia.com; www.hindustantimes.com
Trade & Collaboration Myanmar $1.87 billion
Thailand $8.3 billion
Philippines $1.45 billion
Vietnam $5.4 billion
Laos $104 million Cambodia $107 million
Brunei $1.65 billion
Malaysia $13.5 billion
Indonesia $21.3 billion
Singapore $25.5 billion
The total trade in 2011-12 (USD79.3 billion) shows a growth of 41% over the figure for previous year 2010-11 (USD56.22 billion) Source: Department of Commerce, India
ver the years, India-ASEAN trade has grown from strengthto-strength and it is evident in the surge of trade with ASEAN member countries. Today, trade has reached the $70 billion mark and steps are being taken to promote trade even more. India is looking forward to conclude a pact with Southeast Asian nations for opening of trade in services and liberalisation of investment norms at the earliest. The signing of Free Trade Agreement (FTA) in goods between India and ASEAN in October 2009 and its implementation was an important step. Now, India-ASEAN look forward to early completion of negotiations on FTA in services and investment. India and ASEAN are natural partners and both share aspirations for making rapid economic progress in this globally connected and competitive world.
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The services sector is of key interest to India as it contributes over 55% to its GDP. This sector has also emerged as an important area for export earnings Increasing economic interaction and collaboration in different fields are signs of growing cooperation between the two, he added. The minister also released an India-ASEAN newsletter on agriculture. India and the 10-nation ASEAN bloc already allow each other free market access in merchandise trade since January 2010. The two sides had then agreed that they would widen the scope of the free trade pact by including
services, the mainstay of the Indian economy. The services sector is of key interest to India as it contributes over 55 percent to its GDP. This sector has also emerged as an important area for export earnings. The country is looking at expanding trade with the ASEAN in several services, including banking, insurance, health, accountancy, architecture and engineering. IndiaASEAN trade increased from $55.4 billion in 2010 to $68.4 billion in 2011 to $79.3 billion in 2012, making India as the sixth largest trading partners of ASEAN. ASEAN countries like Thailand are also deeply interested in having access to Services sector in India in areas such as hospitality industry, wellness spas, specialty cuisine etc. In tourism, the number of visitor arrivals from India to ASEAN in 2010 was 2.47 million, an increase from 2.1
Imports commodities from ASEAN to India during 2012-13 (Apr-Jun) • Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes • Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products; edible fats; animal or vegetable waxex • Electrical machinery and equipment and parts thereof; sound recorders and reproducers, television image and sound recorders and reproducers, and parts • Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof
Major Exports commodities from India to ASEAN during 2012-13 (Apr-Jun) • Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes • Ships, boats and floating structures • Organic chemicals • Oil seeds and olea. fruits; misc. grains, seeds and fruit; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder • Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof
• Organic chemicals
• Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof
• Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal
• Plastic and articles thereof
• Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semiprecious stones, metals, clad with metal and articles thereof; imitation jewellry; coin
• Ores, slag and ash • Rubber and articles thereof
• Meat and edible meat offal
• Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semiprecious stones, pre. metals, clad with metal and articles thereof; imitation jewellry; coin • Miscellaneous chemical
• Iron and steel • Electrical machinery and equipment and parts thereof; sound recorders and reproducers, television image and sound recorders and reproducers, and parts
India and the 10-nation ASEAN bloc already allow each other free market access in merchandise trade since January 2010. The two sides had then agreed that they would widen the scope of the free trade pact by including services, the mainstay of the Indian economy
Potential Sectors of Cooperation • Agriculture and Food Processing
• Information Technology
• Textiles, Garments & Accessories
• Drugs & Pharmaceutical
• Financial Services & Banking
• Gems & Jewellery
• Auto Motive Sector
• Palm Oil
• Wood Paper & Pulp
• Rubber & Rubber Products
million in 2009. At the 6th ASEANIndia Summit held on November 21, 2007 in Singapore, India proposed to set a target of one million tourist arrivals from ASEAN to India by 2010. The second Meeting of ASEAN and India Tourism Ministers (ATM+India) held on January 25, 2010 in Bandar Seri Begawan supported the establishment of the ASEAN Promotional Chapter for Tourism (APCT) in Mumbai, India as an important collaborative platform for ASEAN National Tourism Organisations (NTOs) to market Southeast Asia to the Indian consumers and, at the same time, create mutual awareness between ASEAN Member States and India. The registration of APCT and its activities commenced in 2011.
Sources: www.india-aseanbusinessfair.com; www. mea.gov.in; www.pib.nic.in
India’s Look East Policy
he forthcoming India-ASEAN Summit meeting to mark the twentieth anniversary of IndiaASEAN relations to be attended by Heads of States and Governments of respective member states is a symbol of the vast importance attached by the ASEAN as a whole and India to their mutual relations which has evolved to become a major factor in the geopolitics and economic relations in the region of South East Asia. Indo- ASEAN trade today has touched $79 billion. India has Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreements with Singapore, which played a very leading part in the initial years of Indo-ASEAN relations in guiding India into the various institutions of ASEAN, Malaysia and such agreements are under negotiation with Indonesia and Thailand. Free Trade Agreement in goods has been signed between India and ASEAN. Plans of supplementing this by an FTA in services are under intense negotiations. In his paper, India’s Look East Policy for the Third Concept – An International Journal of Ideas, Thongkholal Haokip theorises on the Look East Policy (LEP). He says, “The essential philosophy of the Look East policy is that India must find its destiny by linking itself more and more with its Asian partners and the rest of the world, and that India’s future and economic interests are best served by greater integration with East and Southeast Asia. Thence, the Look East policy is an attempt to forge closer and deeper economic integration with its eastern neighbours as a part of the new realpolitik in evidence in India’s foreign policy, and the engagement with ASEAN is the recognition on the part of India’s elite of the strategic and economic importance of the region to the country’s national interests.” He quotes Prime Minister Manmohan Singh who said, “The Look East policy is not merely an external economic policy; it is also a strategic shift in India’s vision of the world and India’s place in the evolving global economy.”
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Northeast India and the Look East policy A new paradigm of development whereby foreign policy initiatives blend seamlessly into the national economic development is felt and there is a need to make these structures work for the Northeastern region.
The essential philosophy of the Look East policy is that India must find its destiny by linking itself more and more with its Asian partners and the rest of the world
India has concluded a number of bilateral and multilateral projects, aimed at enhancing connectivity between Northeast India and Southeast Asia. In this regard India built the 165 kilometre long Indo-Myanmar Friendship Road connecting Tamu and Kalaymyo-Kalewa. The other important ongoing infrastructure projects are India-Myanmar-Thailand Trilateral Highway, Trans Asian Highway, India-Myanmar rail linkages, Kaladan Multimodal transit project, the Stilwell road, Myanmar-India-Bangladesh gas pipeline, Tamanthi Hydroelectricity
project. The optical fibre network between Northeast India and Southeast Asia has been operationalised in 2009. India and Myanmar have agreed on the Kaladan Multi-Modal Transit Transport Facility, which envisages connectivity between Indian ports on the eastern seaboard and Sittwe Port in Myanmar and then through riverine transport and by road to Mizoram, thereby providing an alternate route for transport of goods to Northeast India. Efforts are also underway to improve infrastructure, particularly road links, at the second India-Myanmar border trade point at Rih-Zowkhathar in Mizoram sector by upgrading the Rih-Tidim and Rih-Falam road segments in Myanmar. Apart from developing road links, efforts are underway to have a rail link from Jiribam in Manipur passing through the border town Moreh to Hanoi in Vietnam via Myanmar. However, infrastructure development in India’s Northeast and Myanmar will be a daunting task and has to face the geographical, technical and security challenges. Through these efforts the government of India is showing its keenness in enhancing connectivity, including for its Northeastern states, with South East Asia for shared development and prosperity. Sources:  http://www.freewebs.com/roberthaokip/ articles/India%27s_Look_East_Policy.pdf www.globalindiafoundation.org
ASEAN Sailing Expedition INS Sudarshini (15 Sep 2012 – 29 Mar 2013)
SAIL SHIP SUDARSHINI EXPEDITION
ndian Navy’s sail training ship ‘INS Sudarshini’ set off on its historical ASEAN expedition from Kochi on September 15, 2012. Chief of Naval Staff Admiral DK Joshi flagged off the six-month voyage at the Naval Base in the presence of senior diplomats from the ASEAN countries. A collaborative venture of Ministry of Defence and Ministry of External Affairs, the expedition marks the 20 years of ASEANIndia dialogue and ten years of ASEANIndia summit level partnership. INS Sudarshini’s commemorative ship expedition to ASEAN countries is along the route of the monsoon trade winds. The ship expedition would retrace the sea routes developed during the 10th to 12th centuries, linking India with South East Asia, covering most of the modern and ancient ports in ASEAN countries.
INS Sudarshini is scheduled to sail from September 15, 2012 to March 26, 2013. The ship is expected to call at 13 foreign ports in nine ASEAN countries apart from Kochi, Chennai and Port Blair in India during this period
The ship expedition was conceptualised to demonstrate India’s historical proximity with its ASEAN neighbours and to commemorate the longstanding ASEAN-India maritime and trade relationship. The expedition would also enhance people-to-people and naval links between India and the ASEAN nations. INS Sudarshini is a ‘Sail Training Ship’ built by the Goa Shipyard Ltd and was commissioned in 2011. This is the second Sail Training Ship in its class, after INS Tarangini, which was commissioned in 1997. INS Sudarshini is scheduled to sail from September 15, 2012 to March 26, 2013. The ship is expected to call at 13 foreign ports in nine ASEAN countries apart from Kochi, Chennai and Port Blair in India during this period. The 13 ASEAN ports of call of the ship are: Padang, Bali,
INS Sudarshini arrives in Bali
cooperation and camaraderie between the naval cadets of the Indian Navy and ASEAN member states’ navies, it is proposed that, as suggested by ASEAN countries, the ship would pick up two naval officers/cadets of each ASEAN country from the first port of call in that ASEAN country until the next port of call.
The flag-off of INS Sudarshini in Kochi
Manado, Brunei, Cebu, Manila, Da Nang, Sihanoukville, Bangkok, Singapore, Klang, Phuket and Yangon. Various “marker” events – commercial and cultural, are being planned by India at 12 of the ports of call, i.e. Bali, Manado, Brunei, Manila, Da Nang, Sihanoukville, Bangkok, Singapore, Klang, Phuket and Yangon. Apart from these, a business marker event is being
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planned in Kuala Lumpur and a cultural event in Malacca, when INS Sudarshini is anchored in Klang. Indian Missions are already in touch with the respective ASEAN Governments in this regard. In India, marker events are being organised in Kochi, Chennai and Port Blair. INS Sudarshini is expected to carry 35 naval cadets and seven officers. In order to further enhance Navy-to-Navy
Sudarshini Crest: The Crest depicts two flying doves over the ocean and an eight sided star within a circle against the blue background. Sudarshini is a Sanskrit word meaning ‘something beautiful’ or a provider of good omen when visited upon. It also reflects the fact that the ship would provide good omen to the young trainers as they embark upon the journey of learning. Its significance is apt for someone whose presence is bound to spread knowledge.
Sources: http://newindianexpress.com; www.aseanindia.com
ASEAN-India Car Rally 2012
n the occasion of the 20th commemorative year of IndiaASEAN relations, the second edition of the ASEAN-India Car Rally will take place between November 26 – December 20, 2012. It kicks off from Yogyakarta, Indonesia, with a ceremonial flag-off in Singapore. The rally traverses through mountainous terrain, verdant valleys and coastal areas, and covers eight of the ten ASEAN nations – Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Lao PDR and Myanmar - finally ending in Guwahati (Assam), India. The Heads of Government of India and the ASEAN nations will receive the rally in New Delhi. The purpose of the Car Rally and the “marker” events is essentially to demonstrate, in a very visible manner, India’s proximity to the ASEAN. The rally and marker events also enhance public awareness of the current canvas of the ASEAN-India partnership and further strengthen trade, investment, tourism and people-to-people linkages. Integration is a process that is being driven today, both by the technological revolution that shrinks distances, and by interconnected populations. This is
becoming increasingly apparent via the proliferation of regional cooperation mechanisms across the globe, including our own region. Therefore, it becomes incumbent that we seek to take the existing India-ASEAN relationship to a higher level, where we envision an Asian Economic Community.
Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu – are looking to rebuild maritime links with South East Asia; while in the Northeast, the central government is committed to developing the infrastructure of trade and development in order that state governments may engage in commerce with South East Asian nations.
Spanning the distance from the Himalayas to the Pacific Ocean, this community constitutes an “arc of advantage” across which we are noticing large-scale movement of people, capital, ideas and creativity. Importantly, this community is roughly the size of the EU in terms of income and bigger than NAFTA in terms of trade. With the promise held by the ASEAN, several Indian state governments – West Bengal, Orissa,
It is with these points in mind that the 2nd ASEAN-India Car Rally is being organised on the 20th commemorative year of India-ASEAN relations. Paving the way for stronger connectivity between younger generations, entrepreneurs, IT experts, scientists, diplomats, media and students, the rally has become representative of the budding unity of the two emerging Asian economic entities – Indian and the ASEAN economic bloc.
The purpose of the Car Rally and the “marker” events is essentially to demonstrate, in a very visible manner, India’s proximity to the ASEAN
Organisers of this event are Governments of India and ASEAN countries, ASEAN Secretariat and Confederation of Indian Industry. Vehicle partner is Mahindra, Technical partner is Autocar and principal co-partners are Incredible India, Apollo and Ton Hoa Sen. Source: www.aseanindia.com
Business Fair T
he second 2nd India-ASEAN Business Fair (IABF) & Business Conclave slated between December 18-20 in New Delhi is set to give a fillip to business in the country. In its second year, the IABF is harnessing international participation from Asian ASEAN countries Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. It will bring together business leaders and practitioners for knowledge sharing and business development across industry segments from the 10 ASEAN countries. The event will last three days with the prime focus on the Business Conference, Exhibition, Reverse Buyer-Seller Meetings (RBSM), B2B Meetings etc. It is hoped that the fair Fair will throw up avenues for enhancing trade and investments across sectors. It would serve as a platform for exploring innovative approaches to promote trade, investment, joint ventures and strategic market tie-ups.
• Information on Business potential of the ASEAN region from the experts
The highlights of 2nd India-ASEAN Business Fair (IABF) and Business Conclave are:
• Biotechnology, Drugs & Pharmaceuticals
• More than 250 Exhibitors & Delegation from 11 Countries (India & 10 ASEAN Countries)
• Reverse Buyer Seller Meet (RBSM) • B2B meetings with your counterparts • Excellent facilities of Business Centre, Lounge, Business Information Centre, Cyber Cafe etc.
Sectors for Exhibition • Automotive & Light Engineering including Electric & Electronic Goods • Chemicals & Chemical Products
• Plastic & Plastic articles • Infrastructure & Construction
• Over 20,000 visitors expected
• Gems & Jewellery
• Networking opportunities
• Agriculture & Food Processing
• Meet the ‘Who’s Who’ of identified sectors from India & ASEAN region.
• Textiles, Handicrafts & Accessories
• Opportunities in Trade, Investment, Joint ventures
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• Services Sector including IT, ITES, Tourism, Health Care & Ayurveda etc
ASEAN-India engagement scales new heights L
eaders of ASEAN are getting together in New Delhi to chart the future direction of ASEAN-India relations at the ASEANIndia Commemorative Summit on December 20-21, 2012. The Summit, hosted by Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh, marks the 20th anniversary of the ASEAN-India dialogue partnership and the 10th anniversary of ASEAN-India Summitlevel partnership. Enhancing relations with ASEAN has been central to India’s “Look East Policy” initiated in early 90s and there has been steady progress in relations since. India became a sectoral dialogue partner of ASEAN in 1992 and a full dialogue partner in 1996. Annual Summits have been held since 2002.
number of Government to Government activities and People to People initiatives are being organized to mark the Commemorative year. Two flagship events are the ASEAN-India Car Rally, 2012 and Shipping Expedition of INS Sudarshini to ASEAN countries. The Car Rally is an expedition of 31 Mahindra & Mahindra XUV 5oo vehicles traversing through 8 of the 10 ASEAN Countries and India in 22 days around 8000 kilometers. 124 participants of India and all 10 ASEAN countries are participating. Rally is to be flagged off from Indonesia on November 26, 2012. INS Sudarshini has set sail on September 15, 2012 from Kochi, India, and is to call at 13 foreign ports in 9 ASEAN countries apart from Kochi, Chennai and Port Blair in India
n the run up to the Summit, India-ASEAN Ministerial meetings are being held in critical areas of Environment; Agriculture and Forestry; and New & Renewable Energy. Commerce Ministers of ASEAN have been invited by India’s Minister of Commerce, Industry and Textiles to flag down India-ASEAN Car Rally in Guwahati on December 16, 2012 and participate in the 2nd ASEAN-India Business Fair, Business Summit and Business Council on December 18-20, 2012 in New Delhi to identify capabilities and opportunities across sectors for businesses from India and ASEAN, for enhancing investment and bilateral trade, joint partnerships, technology transfer, marketing tie-ups etc. Heads of Space Agencies of India and ASEAN countries discussed cooperation in space science and remote sensing and the training of ASEAN Personnel in Space Science & Technology in Bangalore on June 19-20, 2012.
eople-to-People interaction has been an important dimension of growing India-ASEAN engagement, A number of institutionalized mechanism have facilitated this process. From Thailand, parliamentarians, artists, academicians and cultural personalities have participated in the visit of ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly (AIPA) delegation (New Delhi, July 29-31, 2012), 1st Meeting of the ASEAN-India Network of Think-Tanks (New Delhi, August 7-8, 2012) India-ASEAN Artists Residency “Merging Metaphors” (Darjeeling, June 11-17, 2012) and India-ASEAN Civilizational Dialogue (Patna, July 20-22, 2012).
students from Thailand are to participate in the ASEAN-India Youth Exchange Programme programme being held in India in December 2012 for 250 ASEAN students. Under the ASEAN-India Media Exchange Programme, the first group of 20 media persons visited India for Delhi Dialogue-IV in February 2012. Foreign Minister Mr. Surapong Tovichakchaikul had participated in DD-IV. The second batch of 20 media persons are visiting India for the Commemorative Summit in December 2012. The Foreign Service Institute of India will conduct a special training course for 50 ASEAN Diplomats and The Centre for Public Policy (CPP) of the Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Bangalore is working with the ASEAN Secretariat to conduct an ‘Executive Programme in Public Policy and Management’ for 20 ASEAN Civil Servants later this year.
hailand has been an active participant in all these initiatives and Embassy of India has worked closely with the concerned Thai authorities on all programmes. “Enhancing connectivity is the key to bring our relations with ASEAN to a new level altogether”, said Anil Wadhwa, India’s Ambassador to Thailand. “We look forward to many years of sustained, beneficial interaction between India and ASEAN to mutual benefit”, he added. Following the recent visit of Indian Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh to Myanmar, a new thrust has been imparted to early completion of the India-Myanmar-Thailand Trilateral Highway and work has begun to finish remaining segments under the responsibility of respective countries. India has offered to construct 71 bridges on 160 kms of Tamu-Kalewa section (already built by India) and would also construct the Kalewa-Yargyi section of the Trilateral Highway. With the proposed development of Dawei port, maritime connectivity of Thailand and rest of South-East Asia with the Eastern Seaboard of India would be vastly enhanced. The Car Rally and Sudarshini’s expedition serve to highlight the connectivity imperative.
he Car rally is to pass through Thailand twice (during November 29- December 3 and December 10-11, 2012) and a number of exciting events are being held in Phuket, Bangkok and Sukhothai. A reception for rally participants is being hosted by Indian Ambassador Anil Wadhwa at Hotel Hilton in Phuket on November 30 to welcome the rally. Guests will enjoy cultural performances, cuisine and glimpses of Incredible India. In Bangkok, ceremonial flag-off for the car rally is to be done at Royal Plaza in the morning of December 2 for which Prime Minister Ms. Yingluck Shinawatra has been invited to preside. The evening would witness a special programme hosted by the Indian Embassy at Bangkok Convention Centre, Centara Central World. A business seminar is being organized on December 3 on the theme of ‘ASEAN-India connectivity: promoting linkages between ASEAN and India’s North-East’, followed by a number of business-to-business meetings at the same venue for which a number of companies from India’s North-Eastern states are visiting Bangkok. Specialist chefs are being flown from India by India Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC) for an Indian food festival at Centara, Central World from November 28 to December 4, 2012.
udarshini would visit Bangkok on January 18-20 and Phuket on February 23-25, 2013. The Ship’s visit would witness business events, special cultural performances and exhibitions emanating from an India-ASEAN artist camp and the historical interaction between India and ASEAN. For more details, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Events in 2012 to commemorate 20 years of India-ASEAN Relations The India-Asean partnership in its 20th year has expanded into a deep multi-dimensional engagement nurtured by a number of institutional mechanisms, as the following list illustrates vividly. Date
The 8th Meeting of ASEAN-India Tourism Working Group and the 3rd ASEAN-India Tourism Ministers Meeting. India became the first Dialogue Partner to conclude an MoU on Strengthening Tourism Cooperation with ASEAN
Delhi Dialogue IV on the theme ‘India and ASEAN: Partners of Peace, Progress and Stability’
New Delhi, India
23 April - 5 May
Training Programme by the Central Institute of Agriculture Engineering (CIAE) on Advances in Agricultural Equipment for Productivity Enhancement Including Precision Farming
30 April-12 May
Training Programme on Production and Processing Technology for Value Addition of Horticultural Products at Central Institute of Post Harvest Engineering and Technology
Training Programme on Processing and Value Addition of Soy Products and Coarse Cereals Bhopal, India at CIAE
India-ASEAN Artists’ Residency Camp ‘Merging Metaphors’
India-ASEAN Heads of Space Agencies Meeting
The ASEAN-India Small and Medium Enterprises Conference
Meeting of Environmental experts from ASEAN and India
Civilizational Dialogue between India and ASEAN
29 July to 1 August
First visit of Asean Inter-Parliamentary Assembly (AIPA) delegation, comprising 6 Parliamentarians from ASEAN visited India at the invitation from Speaker of Lok Sabha
New Delhi, India
Research and Information Systems for Developing Countries (RIS), New Delhi convened the first ASEAN-India Network of Think Tanks (AINTT) Meeting
New Delhi, India
Workshop on Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation in Agriculture Sector in India and New Delhi ASEAN countries organized by Indian Council for Agricultural Research (ICAR)
ASEAN-India Economic Ministers Meetings
ASEAN-India Capacity Building Workshop on the Nagoya Protocol and Access and Benefit New Delhi, India Sharing and Traditional Knowledge and Digital Library
ASEAN-India Environment Ministers Meeting
ASEAN-India Science & Technology Working Group Meeting
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Siem Reap Cambodia
Flag-off Ceremony of INS Sudarshini on its ASEAN expedition
The 4th Meeting of ASEAN-India Eminent Persons Group (AIEPG)
2nd India – ASEAN Agriculture Ministers Meeting and ASEAN-India Agricultural Expo New Delhi and Symposium
24th ASEAN Maritime Transport Working Group (MTWG), meeting.
‘ASEAN-India Workshop on Cooperation in Renewable Energy’ of experts and policy planners
Meeting of ASEAN-India New & Renewable Energy Ministers
21 November-20 December
Special Training Course for 50 ASEAN Diplomats
Executive Programme in Public Policy and Management for 20 ASEAN Civil Servants
The ASEAN-India Surface Engineering Project final review meeting
1st Informal ASEAN-India Science & Technology Ministers Meeting
Visit of Farmers’ delegation from the ASEAN Member States
ASEAN-India Media Exchange Programme 20 ASEAN journalists visited India from 11 to 17 February 2012, covering Delhi Dialogue IV; 8 Indian journalists visited Vietnam and Cambodia from 5 to 13 July 2012. The Indian Government has invited 20 senior Editors to India during the ASEAN-India Commemorative Summit in December 2012. 16 December
India-ASEAN Commerce Ministers to attend the flag down of the ASEAN-India Car Rally
2nd India-ASEAN Business Fair and Business Conclave
Visit of 250 students from ASEAN countries to India
Special India-ASEAN Commemorative Summit
New Delhi, India
Events organised by Embassy of India, Bangkok to mark 20 years of India-ASEAN Relations Date
20-21 September 2012
International Conference on “Seamless Integration into the Third Decade: Building on Two Decades of ASEAN-India Partnerships organized by Chulongkorn University and RIS
18-21 October 2012
Indian Films Festival in collaboration with SF Cinema and Directorate of Film Festivals, Bangkok India which also marked centenary of Indian Cinema
28 November-4 December 2012
Indian Food Festival with specility chefs flown in from India by India Tourism Development Bangkok Corporation (ITDC) at Centara, Centralworld,
30 November 2012
Reception for Rally Participants hosted by Ambassador at Hotel Hilton (Indian and Thai cultural performances)
2 December 2012
Ceremonial Flag Off of the Car Rally at Royal Plaza by Prime Minister of Thailand
2 December 2012
Welcome Reception for Rally Participants hosted by Ambassador at Bangkok Convention Centre, Centara, Centralworld. Performance by Bharat Natyam exponents combining classical and folk traditions choreographed by Dr. Leela Samson. A Thai cultural group is to also perform on this occasion .
3 December 2012
Business Seminar on ‘ASEAN-India Connectivity, Promoting Business Linkages between Asian and India’s North East which will be followed by Business-to-Business meetings
12 December 2012
4th Indian Ideas and Thoughts Seminar titled “India in Southeast Asia: Growing Engagement Bangkok and Economic Opportunities” organized by Centre for Bharat Studies, Mahidol University
18 January 2013
Ceremonial Welcome of the Sail Ship INS Sudarshini
18 January 2013
Business Event : Seminar and meeting Bangkok Organized by Embassy of India, Bangkok and Indian Chamber of Commerce, Kolkatta in collaboration with Thai industries/Board of Trade/Board of Investment/India-Thai Chamber of Commerce & Industry
18 January 2013
Reception for INS Sudharshini including Dance Performance by Shwaas Band group led by Shri Rajesh Prasanna and Sonam Kalra
19 January 2013
Inauguration of Merging Metaphor Exhibition (ASEAN Artists Camp Exhibition) and cultural performance by Shwaas Band
23 February 2013
Reception on-board the ship
25 February 2013
Inauguration of India-ASEAN Historical Interaction photo Exhibition
India’s External Affairs Minister, Salman Khurshid called on Thai Minister of Foreign Affairs, H.E. Surapong Tovichakchaikul in Bangkok on November 7, 2012. The two Ministers reviewed various aspects of bilateral relations and noted with satisfaction the steady growth in trade and commerce, defence and security, cultural relations and people-to-people contacts.
Thailand’s Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister, Kittirat Na Ranong greets India’s Finance Minister, P. Chidambaram during a photo session at the 10th AsiaEurope Finance Minister’s Meeting in Bangkok on October 15, 2012.
INS Sujata & ICGS Varuna visited Phuket during the second week of October 2012. Ambassador Anil Wadhwa hosted a reception onboard, which was attended by senior provincial government officials, Commander 3rd Naval Area Command, and prominent members from the local Thai and Indian community.
Dignitaries and Delegates from ASEAN countries and India participated in the 4th ASEAN-India Eminent Persons Group (AIEPG) meeting in Kochi (Kerala) from Sept. 16-17, 2012. The AIEPG consists of 5 Eminent Persons (EPs) from India and 11 Eminent Persons from ASEAN (one from each ASEAN Member State in addition to the DSG, ASEAN). Thailand is represented by Ms. Chitriya Pinthong, former Deputy Permanent Secretary in Thai Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Round Table on ASEAN-India Network of Think-Tanks was held in New Delhi from Aug. 7-8, 2012. The Round Table was inaugurated by Mr. S.M. Krishna, Hon’ble Minister for External Affairs. Mr. Nyan Lynn, Dy. Secretary General, ASEAN Secretariat delivered the special address. Ambassador Shyam Saran, Chairman, RIS and former Foreign Secretary extended the welcome address. Thailand was represented by Dr. Suthiphand Chirathivat, Chairman of Chula Global Network and Executive Director, ASEAN Studies Center, Chulalongkorn University and Dr. Somchai Ratanakomut, Shinawatra University.
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Photo Feature International Conference to commemorate the 20th Anniversary of ASEAN-India Co-operation was held on Sept. 20-21, 2012 at Faculty of Economics, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok. The theme of this Conference was “Seamless Integration into the Third Decade – Building on Two Decades of ASEAN-India Partnership”. This was a collaboration between Chula Global Network, ASEAN Studies Centre and Indian Studies Centre of Chulalongkorn University, Research and Information System for Developing Countries (RIS), New Delhi and Embassy of India, Bangkok.
Indian Centenary Film Festival 2012, a collaboration between Embassy of India, Directorate of Film Festivals of India and SF World Cinema, was launched on Oct. 18, 2012. This Film Festival, besides highlighting 100 years of Indian cinema, also commemorates 65 years of India-Thailand diplomatic relations and 20 years of India-ASEAN cooperation. Ten landmark films were screened at this Festival during Oct. 18-21.
In the run up to commemoration of 20 years of India-ASEAN relations, an artist camp and exhibition titled “Merging Metaphors” was organised by ICCR at Darjeeling from June 11-17, 2012. From Thailand, Khun Thawul Praman and Khun Nataphon Na Nakorn participated. This exhibition will be inaugurated in Bangkok on January 19, 2013.
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