and ASEAN agreed for swift conclusion of the comprehensive and mutually
beneficial Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) during this year
with an aim to further trade relations.
Both sides also reaffirmed their commitment to enhance physical and digital connectivity
in line with the Master Plan on ASEAN Connectivity 2025 and the ASEAN ICT
Masterplan (AIM) 2020 by availing the one billion US Dollars line of credit
announced by India.
and ASEAN will also work towards encouraging early completion of the
India-Myanmar-Thailand Trilateral Highway Project and extend this Trilateral
Highway to Cambodia, Lao PDR and Viet Nam, according to the Delhi Declaration
of the ASEAN-India Commemorative Summit.
summit was held here to mark the 25th anniversary of Association of Southeast
Asian Nations (ASEAN)-India Dialogue Relations. The dialogue got started when
the then Indian Prime Minister P V Narasimha Rao launched the Look East policy of
India during his state visit to Kuala Lumpur in 1993.
also emphasized the need to deepen cooperation in the area of Civil Aviation
under the ASEAN-India Aviation Cooperation Framework adopted at the 14th ASEAN
Transport Ministers' Meeting in Manila, on November 6, 2008, including through
the convening of air services consultations by the ASEAN-India Working Group on
Regional Air Services Arrangements and the establishment of Air transport
cooperation on technical, economic, and regulatory matters between ASEAN and
It was agreed to establish closer ASEAN-India Air
links to promote tourism, trade, and enhance greater connectivity between
10-nation grouping ASEAN and India.
sides will work to "further strengthen ASEAN-India economic relations,
including through the full utilization and effective implementation of the
ASEAN-India Free Trade Area, and intensify efforts in 2018 toward the swift
conclusion of a modern, comprehensive, high quality, and mutually beneficial
Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP)," it said.
were also agreements on cooperation for conservation and sustainable use of
marine resources in the Indian and Pacific Oceans and address threats to these
resources including illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing, loss of
coastal ecosystems and the adverse impacts of pollution, ocean acidification
and Marine debris.
also emphasized need to promote Maritime transport cooperation between ASEAN
and India, and encourage potential private sector participation in the
development of seaports, maritime logistics network and maritime services in
order to create greater efficient linkages and encourage ASEAN and India to
continue discussions on these priority areas.
According to the declaration, promotion of stable and sustainable growth for
Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs), including through technology
transfer, as well as enhancing capacity building, technical assistance, access
to innovation, and opportunities to integrate into the global and regional
value chains were agreed upon.
India and ASEAN countries will continue to collaborate in peaceful exploitation
of Outer Space, through the implementation of the ASEAN-India Space Cooperation
Program, including launching of satellites, for sustainable exploitation of
ground, sea, atmospheric and digital resources for equitable development of the
region, it said.
further said there is a need to promote private sector engagement and
strengthen business-to-business relations, including through the ASEAN-India
Business Council, and encourage trade events to promote brand awareness of
ASEAN and India products and services to further broaden and deepen economic
We also look forward to the establishment of the ASEAN- India Trade and
Investment Centre," the joint statement concluded.