Guwahati/ 5th July’2017 (Prag News Desk): External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj addressed the ninth edition of Delhi Dialogue, the premier annual track 1.5 event of India and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in Delhi on Tuesday.
The India-ASEAN 9th edition discusses methods to strengthen the politico-security, economic and socio-cultural engagement between India and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.
The theme for Delhi Dialogue 9 this edition was ‘India-ASEAN relations: Charting the Course for the Next 25 Years’. This year’s dialogue is being organised by the External Affairs Ministry in collaboration with the Observer Research Foundation (ORF), industry body Ficci, Institute of South Asian Studies (ISAS), Singapore, SAEA Group Research, Singapore, Economic Research Institute for Asean and East Asia (ERIA), Jakarta, Institute of Strategic and International Studies, Malaysia, Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam, Indian Council of World Affairs (ICWA) and Asean-India Centre.
It is supported by the Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER), CII, Assocham, All India Association of Industries (AIAI), Mumbai, and Indian Chamber of Commerce (ICC), Kolkata.
Speaking in the 9t edition, CM Sonowal stated that, “Northeast India is discussing foreign & diplomatic policy with one of the most important regions of the world as active stakeholders.” He expressed that the Prime Minister vision of Act East is a process of creating North East as “new engine” for India’s growth.
“The newly formed Act East Policy Affairs Department of Assam Government will work towards mutual growth and development of the entire region.”
He further laid his trust in the potential socio-economic resources of North East, “North East, a land of huge potentialities, can be a top investment destination for ASEAN, considering geographical proximity & cultural ties.”
“The prospect of the ASEAN countries to open their Consulates in Guwahati will immensely help promoting tourism & business of both ASEAN nations and North East.”
Sonowal also met with Singapore Sr MoS, Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Defence, Dr Maliki Osman on the sidelines of 9th edition of Delhi dialogue of India – ASEAN meet where
many subjects from skill development to smart cities & organic farmingwere discussed.
Sr. Maliki Osman will be visiting Assam later this month.