JAKARTA, 25 June 2015 – ASEAN and India agreed to strengthen their cooperation to conclude the implementation of their current five-year joint Plan of Action (POA) which will expire at the end of this year.

The commitment was made at the 15th ASEAN-India Joint Cooperation Committee Meeting on 23 June at the ASEAN Secretariat. Both sides reviewed the progress of the POA to Implement the ASEAN-India Partnership for Peace, Progress and Shared Prosperity (2010-2015) covering political security, economic and socio-cultural cooperation. The two sides stressed the need to remain steadfast in implementing the remaining measures in the POA before the end of this year.

Currently, both sides are formulating a new POA for the next five-year period of 2016-2020 which will be adopted by the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of ASEAN and India in August 2015 in Kuala Lumpur. The new POA will set the course for joint actions and concrete projects to be undertaken by ASEAN and India. This joint exercise will take into account new developments and reflect the priorities of the two sides.

ASEAN looked forward to working with India to further strengthen cooperation and collaboration across all pillars, thereby establishing a stronger foundation to further deepen their strategic partnership.

Moreover, ASEAN appreciated the valuable support India has extended in the past years. They encouraged India to continue its constructive contribution to regional peace, stability and prosperity through active participation in various ASEAN-led mechanisms such as ASEAN Regional Forum, ASEAN Defence Ministers’ Meeting Plus and East Asia Summit. In addition, ASEAN encouraged India to continue its active contribution towards the timely conclusion of the negotiations for a modern, comprehensive, high-quality and mutually beneficial Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) by end of this year.

India emphasised the importance of developing scientific and technology transfer through ASEAN-India space cooperation programme. It also urged ASEAN private sector to take the opportunity on India’s “Make in India” policy by focusing their exports of raw materials, parts and components to the Indian markets.

The meeting was co-chaired by H.E. Emaleen Rahman Teo, Permanent Representative of Brunei Darussalam and H.E. Suresh K. Reddy, Ambassador of India to ASEAN. It was attended by the Permanent Representatives to ASEAN or their representatives and delegates.

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