Sixth edition of Delhi Dialogue to be held in Delhi on March 6-7
New Delhi, March 5, 2014
The sixth edition of the Delhi Dialogue, a track 1.5 international conference of ASEAN and India Governments, members of the strategic community in the region, think tanks, academicians and opinion makers of ASEAN countries with their Indian counterparts, will be held here on March 6-7.
The annual event is aimed at further strengthening of the ASEAN India Strategic Partnership, an official press release from the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said.
The dialogue is being organized by the MEA in collaboration with the Institute for Defense and Strategic Analyses (IDSA), Indian Council of World Affairs (ICWA), Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), SAEA Group Research Singapore, Institute of South Asian Studies (ISAS) Singapore and the Economic Research Institute of ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA), Jakarta.
The theme for Delhi Dialogue VI is "Realizing the ASEAN-India Vision for Partnership and Prosperity”.
External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid will deliver the keynote address the inaugural session on March 6.
This will be followed by addresses by Minister of Foreign Affairs of Myanmar, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Laos, the Secretary General of ASEAN and Deputy Ministers and Vice Ministers of other ASEAN countries.
Union Minister of Commerce and Industry Anand Sharma will deliver the Keynote address on March 7. It will be followed by four sessions that would facilitate an exchange of views on issues such as "Translating the ‘Vision Statement’”, "Role of North East India in India’s Look- East Policy”, "Regional Architecture in Asia Pacific: Role of India and ASEAN”, "Delhi Dialogue: The Way Forward”.
Six of the panelists of Delhi Dialogue VI were also members of ASEAN-India Eminent Persons’ Group whose report formed the basis for the ASEAN-India Vision Statement that was adopted by the Leaders of 10 ASEAN Countries and India at the Commemorative Summit in December 2012.
There will be a special session, as in previous years, dedicated to discuss ways of integrating North East India with the ASEAN region, as envisioned in India’s Look East Policy.
For the first time, the Chief Ministers of North Eastern states have been invited to be part of the inaugural session to share their vision of participating in the ASEAN-India strategic partnership. The Chief Minister of Assam will also deliver a special address during the sessin on the North East.