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PM addresses ASEAN Summit

By Kalyan Barooah

BALI (INDONESIA), Nov 19 � Describing India�s partnership with ASEAN as one of the cornerstones of the country�s foreign policy, and the foundation of �Look East� Policy, Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh called for firming up of proposals for the Mekong-India Economic Corridor linking the North-east with the East Asia Region.

The Prime Minister was addressing the 9th ASEAN-India Summit held here this morning in presence of heads of the ASEAN countries. US President, Barrack Obama is here to attend the East Asia Summit. US and Russia have been invited to the regional grouping for the first time.

In his opening remarks, the Prime Minister stressed that greater physical connectivity with ASEAN remains India�s strategic objective. �There are several proposals under consideration with regard to land and sea connectivity. These include the India-Myanmar-Thailand Highway, its extension to Laos and Cambodia and the development of a new highway also linking Vietnam,� he said.

The Prime Minister further urged ASEAN to take considered decisions to link the peninsular region with the North-east. �I would suggest that all these different proposals should be studied in an integrated manner by our officials, so that we take considered decisions to optimise our resources and efforts,� he said.

�A study on a Mekong-India Economic Corridor conducted by the Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia, proposes the linking of corridors in the peninsular, and possibly the North Eastern Region of India with the East Asian Region,� he said.

In the run-up to the Summit next year in Delhi, Dr Singh proposed the holding of the fourth round of the Delhi Dialogue in February 2012 and meetings of the ASEAN-India Ministers for New and Renewable Energy and Agriculture, as well as an India-ASEAN Business Fair. �We also propose a year-long calendar of cultural activities,� he said.

The Prime Minister has proposed to hold the ASEAN-India Commemorative Summit on December 20-21, 2012 in New Delhi.

The Prime Minister said he was looking forward to organising the ASEAN-India Car rally to mark the Summit. The Rally will serve to highlight the strong bonds between ASEAN and India, and spread the message of solidarity, enterprise and creativity �which are the hallmarks of our region,� he said.

The last such rally named Chalo ASEAN Rally was held in 2004 and was flagged off in Guwahati.

�We also propose to send a Sail Training Ship �Sudarshini� on an expedition to ASEAN countries along the route of the monsoon trade winds,� the Prime Minister said.

ThePrime Minister reported that visa on arrival facility for six ASEAN countries is now in place. �We should ensure that the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on strengthening tourism cooperation between ASEAN and India is signed at the earliest, preferably at the meeting of the ASEAN-India Tourism Ministers planned to be held in Indonesia in early 2012,� he said.

The Summit also discussed the security-related issue including maritime security, counter-terrorism, training, exercises and disaster management.

The Prime Minister also noted that India�s trade with ASEAN has increased by 30 per cent in 2010-2011 and has crossed the USD 50 billion mark. �With such a rate of growth we should be able to achieve our trade target of USD 70 billion by 2012,� he proposed.

Later, addressing the East Asia Summit, which was also joined by Obama, the Prime Minister said India fully endorsed the view that the East Asia Summit process must be centred on the ASEAN, and IT should be its driving force.

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PM addresses ASEAN Summit

BALI (INDONESIA), Nov 19 � Describing India�s partnership with ASEAN as one of the cornerstones of the country�s foreign policy, and the foundation of �Look East� Policy, Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh called for firming up of proposals for the Mekong-India Economic Corridor linking the North-east with the East Asia Region.

The Prime Minister was addressing the 9th ASEAN-India Summit held here this morning in presence of heads of the ASEAN countries. US President, Barrack Obama is here to attend the East Asia Summit. US and Russia have been invited to the regional grouping for the first time.

In his opening remarks, the Prime Minister stressed that greater physical connectivity with ASEAN remains India�s strategic objective. �There are several proposals under consideration with regard to land and sea connectivity. These include the India-Myanmar-Thailand Highway, its extension to Laos and Cambodia and the development of a new highway also linking Vietnam,� he said.

The Prime Minister further urged ASEAN to take considered decisions to link the peninsular region with the North-east. �I would suggest that all these different proposals should be studied in an integrated manner by our officials, so that we take considered decisions to optimise our resources and efforts,� he said.

�A study on a Mekong-India Economic Corridor conducted by the Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia, proposes the linking of corridors in the peninsular, and possibly the North Eastern Region of India with the East Asian Region,� he said.

In the run-up to the Summit next year in Delhi, Dr Singh proposed the holding of the fourth round of the Delhi Dialogue in February 2012 and meetings of the ASEAN-India Ministers for New and Renewable Energy and Agriculture, as well as an India-ASEAN Business Fair. �We also propose a year-long calendar of cultural activities,� he said.

The Prime Minister has proposed to hold the ASEAN-India Commemorative Summit on December 20-21, 2012 in New Delhi.

The Prime Minister said he was looking forward to organising the ASEAN-India Car rally to mark the Summit. The Rally will serve to highlight the strong bonds between ASEAN and India, and spread the message of solidarity, enterprise and creativity �which are the hallmarks of our region,� he said.

The last such rally named Chalo ASEAN Rally was held in 2004 and was flagged off in Guwahati.

�We also propose to send a Sail Training Ship �Sudarshini� on an expedition to ASEAN countries along the route of the monsoon trade winds,� the Prime Minister said.

ThePrime Minister reported that visa on arrival facility for six ASEAN countries is now in place. �We should ensure that the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on strengthening tourism cooperation between ASEAN and India is signed at the earliest, preferably at the meeting of the ASEAN-India Tourism Ministers planned to be held in Indonesia in early 2012,� he said.

The Summit also discussed the security-related issue including maritime security, counter-terrorism, training, exercises and disaster management.

The Prime Minister also noted that India�s trade with ASEAN has increased by 30 per cent in 2010-2011 and has crossed the USD 50 billion mark. �With such a rate of growth we should be able to achieve our trade target of USD 70 billion by 2012,� he proposed.

Later, addressing the East Asia Summit, which was also joined by Obama, the Prime Minister said India fully endorsed the view that the East Asia Summit process must be centred on the ASEAN, and IT should be its driving force.

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