India, ASEAN to boost ties in maritime sector

India, ASEAN to boost ties in maritime sector

New Delhi, India and ASEAN special group has reviewed the ASEAN-India strategic partnership and have resolved to strengthen ties by 'deepening cooperation' in the maritime sector and boosting connectivity. "The ASEAN-India SOM reviewed the ASEAN-India strategic partnership and its future direction. They made their assessment on the progress of cooperation under all three pillars – political-security, economic and socio-cultural. The SOM Leaders also exchanged views on regional and international issues of interest to ASEAN and India. They agreed to deepen Maritime Cooperation as decided at the ASEAN-India Commemorative Summit 2018. In this context, they proposed to undertake a variety of measures, including enhanced cooperation in the sub-sector of Blue Economy," an MEA statement said here. The two sides made the affirmations at the 21st ASEAN-India Senior Officials' Meeting (SOM) held here on April 11-12. The meeting was co-chaired by Vijay Thakur Singh, SOM Leader and Secretary (East), Ministry of External Affairs, and Busaya Mathelin, SOM Leader and Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Thailand.

The deliberations assessed the progress of cooperation under all three pillars -- political-security, economic and socio-cultural, the MEA said. The SOM leaders also exchanged views on regional and international issues of interest to ASEAN and India. They agreed to deepen maritime cooperation as decided at the ASEAN-India Commemorative Summit 2018. In this context, they proposed to undertake a variety of measures, including enhanced cooperation in the sub-sector of Blue Economy, the MEA said. It was decided at the meeting to give an impetus to ASEAN-India connectivity in all its forms. The two sides also discussed the ways and means to further deepen cooperation on financial matters as well as overall strengthening of the ASEAN Secretariat. The two sides also vowed to step up cooperation in renewable energy and hold an ASEAN-India Conference on Renewable Energy in 2019. The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) and the ASEAN Centre for Energy (ACE) would be the co-partners for this project. The ASEAN-India partnership is being implemented through the "Plan of Action (2016-20) to implement the ASEAN-India Partnership for peace, progress and shared prosperity". "It is making good progress along the 30 mechanisms to implement cooperation in the different sectors of ASEAN-India cooperation. In this context, a Calendar of ASEAN-India Activities was shared by the two sides for the year 2019," the statement said. India also congratulated Thailand on its assuming the Chairmanship of ASEAN for 2019 and welcomed its role as Country Coordinator of the ASEAN-India dialogue parternship for the period 2018-2021.

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