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NEWS UPDATES Asean Affairs    20 November 2012 

India’s PM: “Asean-India connectivity on track”

20-Nov-2012

Indian Prime Minister Mr Manmohan Singh today in his opening remarks at the 10th India Asean Summit said that a future of “peace, stability and preposperity”in the region needs “increased cooperation and integration ?n the region”.

“We should therefore enhance our cooperation to address shared challenges. I am happy to note our growing engagement in areas such as defence, maritime security and counter-terrorism. We attach great importance to our consultation and cooperation in the East Asia Summit, Asean Regional Forum and ADMM+ forums, “said Dr. Singh.

The prime minister also elaborated on the steps being taken by India to increase the connectivity in the region.

"The Trilateral Highway Task Force met in New Delhi and resolved to establish connectivity from Moreh in India to Mae Sot in Thailand by 2016. These are welcome steps in implementing the vision of India-Asean connectivity. We await route alignments on the extension of the Trilateral Highway and the proposed new highway to Vietnam so that these can be examined in an integrated manner. I look forward to early completion of the feasibility studies.”

Trade as an important pillar of India Asean summit has been consistently emphasised by India. “The India-Asean Agreement on Trade in Goods has served us well. Our trade was nearly US$80 billion in the Indian financial year ending March 2012, exceeding our target of 70 billion US dollars.

"I would like to inform Your Excellencies that India is prepared to conclude the Agreement on Trade in Services and Investment Promotion before the Commemorative Summit in Delhi in December. This will be a strong signal of our deepening economic engagement, and will allow for rapid expansion in trade and investment flows in both directions,” the PM said.


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