Consultations on ASEAN-India Vision 2020
per the mandate of the ASEAN-India Summit, RIS has been nominated
by the Ministry of External, Government of India, to coordinate
the network of think-tanks from India and ASEAN countries as well
as preparation of the ASEAN-India Vision 2020 Paper. The paper will
be finalized in consultation with the think-tanks from the ASEAN
countries before adoption at the third ASEAN-India Summit in Laos
mandated, RIS has prepared a Draft Concept Paper from Indian side.
In order to finalize the paper, RIS organized National Consultations
on ASEAN-India Vision 2020 in New Delhi on December 26, 2003 involving
different stakeholders and experts to receive their views and comments
the Draft Paper prepared by it. Shri Rajiv Sikri, Special Secretary
(ER), Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India chaired
the consultations which were divided in five broad working groups
to facilitate thematic discussion on the contents of the paper.
These five working groups dealt with issues related to the future
of ASEAN-India partnership; economic cooperation in trade, investment,
monetary and finance; science and technology, HRD, pharma, agriculture,
and SMES; and tourism and culture, people-to-people contacts and
academic networks. More than 80 participants, including senior officials
from different ministries/departments of Government of India; representatives
from business and industry circles, research institutes, etc. and
diplomats, took part in the intensive discussions on various aspects
of the issues raised in the RIS paper.