New Delhi (VNA) – ISEAS ASEAN Studies Center – Yusof Ishak Institute in New Delhi and ASEAN-India Center for Research and Information System for Developing Countries (RIS) have launched their first joint program titled “ASEAN-India Development Partnership Program (AIDPP) ”, A training and capacity building program for academics and practitioners from ASEAN countries and India.
Held virtually August 16-20, this week-long training program featured lectures from leading academics on various facets of ASEAN-India relations.
In her opening remarks, Vivash Vidu Sapkal, Deputy Secretary (South) of the Indian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said that the ASEAN-India strategic partnership rests on a solid foundation of shared historical, geographic and civilizational ties. “This relationship has gone beyond its cultural and economic dimensions. India and ASEAN share the pluralistic nature of our societies encompassing many of the world’s religions and diverse cultures, ”he added.
Professor Sachin Chaturvedi, Managing Director of RIS, said that in the post-COVID era, ASEAN and India must work together for the successful achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs); and that fintech is the new way forward for broad strategic initiatives.
ISEAS Choi Shing Kwok – Yusof Ishak Institute highlighted the warm, strong and mutually beneficial ties cultivated by ASEAN and India over the past three decades, their successful partnership in the ASEAN-led mechanisms as well as their strong commitment to multilateralism and regionalism to advance peace and stability in the region.
Despite this, the full potential of the relationship has not been realized, he said, adding that the conditions for a deeper engagement between ASEAN and India have changed. Faced with the changing global geostrategic environment, particularly US-Chinese competition, and the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, ASEAN and India are now ready to move forward quickly and accelerated way in deepening their commitment.
Both sides, he continued, can seek to increase India’s security and strategic presence in Southeast Asia in order to strengthen the norms and values deeply held by their peoples.
India is expected to remain an important strategic partner for ASEAN for decades to come, he noted.
Sponsored by the Indian Ministry of External Affairs, this five-day training program included lectures on ASEAN-India relations and strategic imperatives, deepening ASEAN-India trade integration and changing profile ASEAN-India investment relations and B2B commitments, multilateralism in the post COVID-19 world, ASEAN-India in the Indo-Pacific region and problems on ASEAN-India production networks in the face of changing supply chains global supply./.