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ASEAN – India Commemorative Summit

ASEAN – India Commemorative Summit 


 
(Nhan Dan) The 15th ASEAN – India Commemorative Summit taking place on 23 at the ASEAN Secretariat in Jakarta - Indonesia Head Office, is designed to assess the measures in relations between ASEAN and India recently and determined to further promote bilateral cooperation in the future. Committee of Permanent Representatives to ASEAN and Ambassador of India participated in the ASEAN meeting.
 
During the conference, India reiterated the importance of the policy "Look East", which is the core element of their policy. India hopes to strengthen the three pillars of cooperation with ASEAN, especially after the completion of the ASEAN Community by 2015.
 
Concerning the economy, India is sixth largest trade partner of ASEAN which reached 67.7 billion in trading. In 2014, ASEAN exports to India increased by 3.4%. Both sides set a target in 2015 and 2020 respectively to enhance two-way trade are $ 100 billion and $ 200 billion.
 
ASEAN highly appreciates India in the process of building ASEAN Community, strengthening interoperability and increasing efforts to support small and medium enterprises, particularly through ASEAN-India Cooperation Fund, ASEAN - India Green Leaf Fund, Technology Development Fund and the ASEAN Science - Indian organizations in Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Vietnam to set up a training center in English and IT and other activities in order to support ASEAN.
 
On the future direction of the bilateral cooperation, the two sides pledged to further strengthen practical and effective cooperation, especially in the common interests of maritime safety, network security, anti-terrorism, science and technology, information technology, non-governmental exchanges, climate change, disaster reduction, narrowing the development gap and fields. The two sides also agreed on the future establishment of the center for ASEAN – India solutions.
 
In the meeting, the head of permanent missions of ASEAN Vietnam Ambassador Nguyen has appreciated the results of cooperation between ASEAN and India recently achieved. He reiterated Vietnam's commitment to strengthen the cooperation with India, and the ASEAN countries to promote ASEAN and India relations to a higher degree, especially from August 2015 to August 2018 when Vietnam holds the relation coordinator of the ASEAN - India. /.