JAKARTA, 12 June 2020 – ASEAN and India reaffirmed their commitment to further strengthen and deepen their cooperation at the 20th ASEAN-India Joint Cooperation Committee Meeting held via video conference yesterday.

While noting the progress in the implementation of the ASEAN-India Plan of Action (2016-2020), both sides were encouraged to redouble efforts towards the Plan of Action’s full and effective implementation until the end of this year.

At the conference, both parties also shared their commitment to complete the development of the new Plan of Action for 2021-2025 to further strengthen their strategic partnership over the next five years.

ASEAN and India exchanged views on ways and means to further improve the utilisation of ASEAN-India Fund and ASEAN-India Green Fund, including possible improvement of procedures for utilisation of the Funds, to finance joint projects and activities.

A number of initiatives for enhancing cooperation in various areas of cooperation were also deliberated, such as in the areas of health emergency and medicine, transnational crime, trade and investment, environment, education, sustainable development, energy, smart cities, connectivity, people-to-people contacts as well as narrowing the development gap in ASEAN.

Both sides discussed the ulitisation of the US$1 billion Line of Credit provided by the Indian government to support infrastructure and digital connectivity projects between ASEAN and India.

The 20th AIJCC Meeting was co-chaired by Permanent Representative of Thailand to ASEAN Phasporn Sangasubana and Ambassador of India to ASEAN Rudrendra Tandon, and attended by members of the Committee of Permanent Representatives to ASEAN and their representatives as well as the ASEAN Secretariat.