The ASEAN India Connectivity Summit (AICS) began in New Delhi on 11 December 2017. The theme of the two-day Summit is Powering Digital and Physical Linkages for Asia in the 21st Century.
The summit would be attended by Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari along with ministers of state for External Affairs, Gen VK Singh and MJ Akbar and Minister of State for Communications (Independent Charge), Manoj Sinha.
The representatives from ASEAN include Deputy Communications Minister of Viet Nam, Phan Tam and Secretary of State, Ministry of Public Works and Transport of Cambodia Tauch Chankosal.
Key Focus Areas
• The main focus areas of the summit are Infrastructure, Roadways, Shipping, Digital, Finance, Energy and Aviation.
• It aims at accelerating existing connectivity prospects, identifying issues of concern, evolving suitable policy recommendations and developing strategies to enhance economic, industrial and trade relations between ASEAN and India.
• It would be bringing together policymakers, senior officials from the government, investors, industry leaders, representatives of trade associations and entrepreneurs on the same platform to deliberate on the partnership models that may be adopted between the governments to build infrastructure linkages between India and ASEAN Countries.
• The summit is a part of India’s efforts to support the achievement of the SDG targets, strengthen connects and build global linkages.
• The strong connectivity across India’s North-eastern Region and also with ASEAN will help build a stronger network of cross-border production chains, particularly with ASEAN.
• Strong regional and sub-regional connections would also make possible consistent and open communications, not only among neighboring countries but also among continents and sub-continents.
• Covering all these aspects, the ASEAN-India Connectivity Summit is poised to be a flagship event.
• It would address physical and digital connectivity subjects and will endeavour to intensify cooperation between India and ASEAN countries in order to accelerate connectivity prospects, evolve suitable policy recommendations, encourage enhanced trade, business alliances, technology transfers and financing of infrastructure projects.
• The summit has been organised by the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) in collaboration with AIC and CII.
• The partner organisations include Ministry of Civil Aviation, Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region, Ministry of Power, Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, Ministry of Shipping and Department of Telecommunications, Ministry of Communications.
• The Associate organisations include EXIM Bank, IDFC Institute, National Maritime Foundation and RIS.