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Commerce Minister Piyush Goyal to attend 7th RCEP Ministerial Meeting in Bangkok from Sep 8-10

Commerce Minister, Piyush Goyal, will attend the 7th RCEP Ministerial Meeting, 16th ASEAN India Economic Ministers (AEM) meeting and the 7th East Asia Economic Ministers Summit being held in Bangkok from September 8-10. The meetings will be   attended by Economic Ministers and senior leaders of ten ASEAN member countries and eight East Asia Summit (EAS) countries.

Engagement with ASEAN, core of India’s ‘Act East’ policy

Engagement with ASEAN is at the core of India’s ‘Act East’ policy. ASEAN is the gateway to the Indian Ocean region and as close partners, there is convergence of views in India’s and ASEAN outlook in the region.

ASEAN countries together largest trading partner of India in 2018-19

Trade and investment relations between India and ASEAN continue to show remarkable growth. India’s bilateral trade jumped three fold from 21 billion US Dollars in 2005-06 to 96.7 billion US Dollars in 2018-19.  ASEAN countries together have emerged as the largest trading partner of India in 2018-19 (followed by USA), with a share of 11.47 per cent in India’s overall trade, while India was ASEAN’s sixth largest trading partner in 2018.

Investment flows are also substantial both ways. The Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) inflow into India from ASEAN between April 2018 to March 2019 was about 16.41 billion US Dollars which is approximately 36.98 per cent of total FDI flow into India. FDI inflows from India to ASEAN in 20018 amounted to 1.7 billion US Dollars, placing India as ASEAN’s sixth largest source of FDI. 

EAS meeting agenda

The EAS meeting will discuss regional and global economic developments and ASEAN’s outlook on the Indo-Pacific regions. Matters related to promotion of trade and investment among the partner countries will also be discussed in the India ASEAN AEM and EAS-EMM meetings.

Piyush Goyal is also scheduled to hold bilateral meetings with his counterparts from Japan, Singapore, China, Indonesia, Australia, New Zealand, Philippines, Thailand and Russia.

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