Prime Minister heads to ASEAN-India commemorative summit

Web.HCYU.20/11/2012. PM Nguyen Tan Dung on December 20 led a Vietnamese delegation to India for the 20th anniversary of ASEAN-India dialogue partnership (VGP/Khanh Phuong).

Leaders of ASEAN and India at the 10th Summit, Phnom Penh, November 19, 2012
Leaders of ASEAN and India at the 10th Summit, Phnom Penh, November 19, 2012

Under the theme - ASEAN-India Partnership for Peace and Shared Prosperity - the commemorative summit is expected to discuss orientations for the dialogue partnership and pass a Vision Statement to lift the bilateral ties to a strategic partnership.

Upholding the “positive, active and responsible” spirit, the Vietnamese delegation will work to further develop the dialogue partnership in a practical and effective manner in the the areas of economics, trade, investment, science-technology, building of community and Mekong sub-region, regional peace, stability and development.

Established their relations 20 years ago,  ASEAN and India hope to cement and deepen their ties further. 

India became a sectoral dialogue partner of ASEAN in 1992, and a full dialogue partner in 1996. Since 2002, India held an annual Summit with ASEAN.

ASEAN-India total trade reached US$75 billion last year, 43% more than what was achieved in 2010.

The leaders of ASEAN and India have set a new target of achieving US$100 billion in trade between both sides by 2015./. 

VGP/Khanh Phuong

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