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Three key aspects to move ASEAN-India relations to the fourth decade- Tan Sri Dato Sri Dr. S.A. Vigneswaran

KUALA LUMPUR — ASEAN-India Business Council (AIBC), had organised “ASEAN-India: Strengthening Partnership and Post-Pandemic Future” book launch which is part of a series of activities to celebrate 30 years of ASEAN-India relations. This book launch was graced by His Excellency Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Dr. S.A. Vigneswaran, Prime Minister’s Special Envoy to India and South Asia and President of the Malaysian Indian Congress (MIC).

In his speech, Tan Sri Vigneswaran expressed his gratitude to Dato Ramesh Kodamal for this book launch initiative and making it possible for him to deliver a special remark at the premier dialogue at the 12th edition of the Delhi Dialogue in New Delhi, last week.

“I would like to commend ASEAN – India Business Council (AIBC) for taking this important initiative and for inviting me to share my thoughts on the book which is a compilation of well-researched papers that were presented at the 6th ASEAN-India Network of Think Tanks (AINTT) Roundtable session held at a time when countries were totally focused on battling the COVID-19 pandemic.”

He also expressed his appreciation to Professor Prabir De from the ASEAN India Centre and Dr Suthipand Chirathivat, Executive Director of ASEAN Studies Centre, Chulalongkorn University Bangkok for their work in editing and compiling these research papers into a book.

“I am attracted to three key aspects that have been highlighted in the papers as ASEAN-India strives to move to the 4th decade of ASEAN-India Dialogue relations, that is the period 2021-2030,” he said.

Firstly, he pointed that ASEAN-India relations in the context of changing global landscape and how ASEAN-India relations in all fields could be taken to a new level amidst new political and economic initiatives.

Secondly, the aspect relates to raising the current level of economic, trade and investment relations to a much more meaningful level to reflect the potentials ASEAN and India offers to the business sector, especially participating in the growing regional and global value chain activities.

The third aspect is identifying new areas of growth for a more sustainable, balanced, and healthy development of ASEAN-India relations.

His excellency also pointed out that ASEAN and India have a significant role to play to make the Indo-Pacific, an area of continued peace, as well as to support the strengthening of ASEAN’s centrality in the evolving regional architecture and Malaysia is confident that the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework for Prosperity (IPEF) will strengthen economic cooperation between countries in the Indo-Pacific and the ASEAN region, providing the impetus to drive economic engagement and cooperation.

His Excellency stressed that Malaysia wishes to reiterate its commitment to sustaining and strengthening the robust partnership between ASEAN and India, for a win-win situation and be mutually beneficial to all parties.

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