What is the issue ?
- Key issues were discussed and debated on the sidelines of the The ASEAN-India Commemorative Summit.
The 'Delhi declaration' (highlights):
ASEAN countries and the Republic of India agree to
- Reiterate commitment and promote comprehensive approach to combat terrorism through close cooperation
- Full utilisation and effective implementation of the ASEAN-India Free Trade Area, and intensify efforts in 2018 toward the swift conclusion of Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP).
- Cooperate for conservation and sustainable use of marine resources in the Indian and Pacific Oceans in accordance with international law, notably the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea
- Strengthen cooperation in the area of aviation and maritime transport.
- Further promote stable and sustainable growth for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs)
- Enhance cooperation for ensuring long-term food and energy security in our region through strengthening cooperation in agriculture and energy sectors
- Continue to collaborate in peaceful exploitation of outer space, through the implementation of the ASEAN-India Space Cooperation Programme
- Support the implementation of the Langkawi Declaration on the Global Movement of Moderates to promote peace, security, upholding rule of law, sustainable and inclusive development, equitable growth and social harmony.
- Strengthen cooperation between ASEAN and India on cyber-security capacity building and policy coordination
- Cooperate on the promotion of the civilisational and historical links between ASEAN and India
- Strengthen ASEAN-India cooperation in disaster management and humanitarian assistance
About ASEAN :
- The Association of Southeast Asian Nations(ASEAN) is an intergovernmental organisation, was established with the signing of the ASEAN DECLARATION (Bangkok Declaration)
- Founding Fathers of ASEAN are Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore and Thailand.
- Brunei Darussalam, Vietnam, Lao PDR, Myanmar and Cambodia subsequently joined, making up what is today the ten Member States of ASEAN.
AIMS AND PURPOSES
As set out in the ASEAN Declaration, the aims and purposes of ASEAN are:
- To accelerate the economic growth, social progress and cultural development in the region through joint endeavours in the spirit of equality and partnership in order to strengthen the foundation for a prosperous and peaceful community of Southeast Asian Nations;
- To promote regional peace and stability through abiding respect for justice and the rule of law in the relationship among countries of the region and adherence to the principles of the United Nations Charter;
- To promote active collaboration and mutual assistance on matters of common interest in the economic, social, cultural, technical, scientific and administrative fields;
- To provide assistance to each other in the form of training and research facilities in the educational, professional, technical and administrative spheres;
- To collaborate more effectively for the greater utilisation of their agriculture and industries, the expansion of their trade, including the study of the problems of international commodity trade, the improvement of their transportation and communications facilities and the raising of the living standards of their peoples;
- To promote Southeast Asian studies; and
- To maintain close and beneficial cooperation with existing international and regional organisations with similar aims and purposes, and explore all avenues for even closer cooperation among themselves.
About its structure and functioning :
- All member states have equal rights
- ASEAN Summit is supreme policy making body of the organisation.
- ASEAN Summit meetings are held twice annually.