Ha Noi, 30 October 2010

  1. The 8th ASEAN-India Summit, chaired by H.E. Mr. Nguyen Tan Dung, Prime Minister of the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam, was held on 30 October 2010 in Ha Noi, Viet Nam. The Meeting was attended by the Heads of State/Government of the ASEAN Member States and H.E. Dr. Manmohan Singh, Prime Minister of the Republic of India.
  2. We reviewed ASEAN-India Dialogue Relations and expressed satisfaction at the growth of our cooperation which has developed into a multi-faceted and dynamic partnership contributing to regional peace, mutual understanding and closer economic interaction. We appreciated that India attached great importance to ASEAN-India relation, considering it as a pillar of India’s “Look East” policy, and shared the view that the ASEAN-India dialogue partnership was a building block for a robust architecture for regional cooperation. We also appreciated India’s support for ASEAN’s central role in all ASEAN-related architecture and reaffirmed our commitment to the ASEAN-India Dialogue Partnership, the East Asia Summit, and the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF).
  3. We welcomed the proposal of India to host the ASEAN-India Commemorative Summit in India in 2012 and tasked our officials to work out substantive activities to mark a twin celebration of the 20th Anniversary of ASEAN-India Dialogue Relations and the 10th Anniversary of the ASEAN-India Summit.
  4. We commended the efforts of both sides to draft the ASEAN-India Plan of Action (POA) to implement the ASEAN-India Partnership for Peace, Progress and Shared Prosperity (2010-2015), which would serve as a key instrument to make ASEAN-India cooperation more action-oriented, contributing to the deepening of the ASEAN-India Dialogue Partnership and complementing the ASEAN integration and community building. We adopted and agreed to launch the POA on this occasion and tasked our Ministers and officials to implement the POA through concrete projects and practical cooperation.
  5. We were pleased to note that in 2009, despite the global financial/economic crisis, India remained the seventh largest trading partner of ASEAN and the sixth largest investor in ASEAN with an increase of 40.8% in the foreign direct investment from India to ASEAN. In this regard, we reaffirmed our commitment made at the 7th ASEAN-India Summit to achieve our bilateral trade target of US$ 70 billion by 2012.
  6. We welcomed the entry into force of the ASEAN – India Trade in Goods Agreement (AI-TIGA) for all Parties. We tasked our Economic Ministers to ensure the smooth and transparent implementation of this Agreement. We looked forward to the early completion of the negotiations on Trade-in-Services and Investments Agreement under the ASEAN – India Free Trade Area framework (AIFTA).
  7. We welcomed India’s proposals to convene an ASEAN-India Business Fair (AIBF) and the ASEAN-India Business Summit (AIBS) scheduled for early March 2011 in New Delhi. We also welcomed the proposal to hold Delhi Dialogue III which provides the platform for security and political dialogue between India and ASEAN.
  8. We welcomed the establishment of the ASEAN-India Eminent Persons Group (EPG) to take stock of the 20 years of ASEAN-India cooperation and chart future direction of ASEAN-India dialogue relations by drafting a new ASEAN-India Vision 2020 Document for presenting at the Commemorative Summit in 2012.
  9. We welcomed India’s continued support to the Initiative for ASEAN Integration and the ASEAN Connectivity and to narrow the development gap within ASEAN. In this connection, we appreciated India’s readiness to increase the number of the ASEAN-India Entrepreneurship Development Centres and Centres for English Language Training in CLMV countries as well as the establishment of the IT Training Centres in the CLMV Countries.
  10. ASEAN Leaders appreciated India’s continued contribution to the development of transportation networks between ASEAN and South Asia particularly through the construction of the India-Myanmar-Thailand Trilateral Highway and looked forward to its extension to Laos and Cambodia as well as the development of a new India-Myanmar-Laos-Viet Nam-Cambodia highway. ASEAN leaders also called for further engagement of India in the ASEAN Connectivity Initiative, both in the hardware and the software linkages. In this regard, we also welcomed India’s offer to support realisation of ASEAN Master Plan for ICT connectivity and noted with appreciation the specific proposals made by India in its Concept Paper. We also appreciated India’s continued support to ASEAN countries in capacity development by offering scholarships through Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation Programme and Mekong-Ganga Cooperation Programme.
  11. We noted with satisfaction the progress made in implementing the initiatives proposed by the Prime Minister of India at the 7th ASEAN-India Summit in the areas of business and tourism facilitation and the progress made on finalization of the MOU on Cooperation in Tourism and the setting up of the ASEAN Promotional Chapter on Tourism (APCT) in Mumbai, trade and industry, food security, agriculture, India-ASEAN Round Table, applications of space technology for disaster management, carrying payloads and scientific experiments.
  12. We reiterated the importance of closer aviation cooperation and open skies in supporting business growth, tourism and greater interactions between our peoples. In this regard, we tasked our Ministers and officials to accelerate the discussion on the ASEAN-India Air Transport Agreement for its early conclusion.
  13. We welcomed the adoption of the Rules for Operation and Management of ASEAN-India Green Fund and operationalization of ASEAN-India Science and Technology Development Fund (AISTDF). We noted with appreciation the decisions identifying the projects at the 1st Meeting of General Council of AISTDF held on June 1, 2010 at New Delhi and the launching of the AISTDF website. We also noted with appreciation the India’s concept paper on setting up of the Network on Climate Change and tasked our Ministers and relevant officials to initiate concrete projects in support of cooperation in the areas of science and technology and environment. In this connection, we also welcomed India’s proposal to set up a Centre for Tracking and Data Reception and Imaging Facility in Viet Nam, which is sponsored by the ASEAN-India Cooperation Fund. We tasked our relevant Ministers and officials to considering this proposal.
  14. ASEAN Leaders appreciated India’s continued efforts in promoting people-to-people exchange and mutual understanding through visits to India of students, members of the media and diplomats, which help to foster ASEAN-India relations at the people’s level. In this regard, we welcomed the visit of Indian India parliamentary delegation to the ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly in September 2010 and the granting of “observer status” to the delegation during their visit.
  15. ASEAN leaders welcomed the forthcoming Mekong-Ganga Cooperation Ministerial Meeting to be held in India by the end of this year which would help bring ASEAN-India relationship closer together.
  16. ASEAN Leaders welcomed India’s constructive role in the G-20 Summit and agreed to strengthen coordination and cooperation on G20-related matters, including supporting ASEAN Chair’s continued participation in the G-20 Summit on a regular basis and contribution to the G-20 process.

    Source: http://asean2010.vn/asean_en/news/48/2DAA00/Chairmans-Statement-of-the-8th-ASEAN-India-Summit