has launched an India-ASEAN Forum to facilitate a brainstorming
on different facets of India-ASEAN partnership on a regular basis.
The Forum has been set up in response to a long felt desire of individuals
concerned with the India-ASEAN relations to have a forum for dialogue
and consultations on a regular and continuous basis. The first brainstorming
session of India-ASEAN Forum was organized on the theme of India-ASEAN
Vision 2020 in RIS on July 18, 2003. Ambassador S.T. Devare,
Vice-Chairman, RIS chaired the meeting which was attended by a large
number of participants from government, business, industry, academic
and diplomatic circles.
his initial remarks Dr. Nagesh Kumar, Director-General, RIS said
that RIS has been assisting India-ASEAN dialogue over the past years
with the India-ASEAN Eminent Persons Lecture Series and with a series
of studies and policy proposals prepared for the policy makers.
RIS also brought out a volume India-ASEAN Partnership in an Era
of Globalization based on the Reflections of the Eminent Persons.
RIS has also been mandated by the Government of India to prepare
a paper on India-ASEAN Vision 2020 in consultation with the ASEAN
think tanks. This paper is expected to layout a long-term vision
and a road map for evolving India-ASEAN partnership. Ambassador
A.N. Ram, former Secretary (ER), Ministry of External Affairs and
Mr. Rajiv Sikri, Additional Secretary (ER), Ministry of External
Affairs also made introductory remarks.
following presentations were made at the Meeting of the Forum: Trade
and Investment by Dr. Nagesh Kumar; Monetary and Financial Cooperation
by Mr. S.K. Mohanty; Development of Transport links and Infrastructure
Development by Mr. Prabir De; Cooperation in the field of Energy
by Dr. Barnali Nag; and i) Human Resource Development, ii) Science
and Technology, iii) Tourism and Culture by Mr. S.K. Mohanty. Thereafter
open discussion took place on the issues raised in these presentations.