The Prime Minister, Mr. Narendra Modi, on Sunday presented a brief blue-print for further expansion of India’s multi-sectoral engagement with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), one of the most influential groupings for trade and investment.
In his opening address at the India-ASEAN summit, Mr. Modi said enhancing surface, air and maritime connectivity between India and 10 nations of the bloc will significantly boost regional trade and economic growth.
He said there was opportunity for boosting cooperation in the maritime security sphere and blue economy as well as in areas of agriculture, engineering, digital technology and scientific research.
The Prime Minister also welcomed convergence of views between the two for cooperation in the Indo-Pacific region.
'India’s Act East policy is an important part of our Indo-Pacific vision and ASEAN lies at the core of it. Integrated and economically vibrant ASEAN is in the interest of India, he said in presence of leaders of these countries.