ASEAN–India Commemorative Summit

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ASEAN-India Commemorative Summit
Logo of ASEAN-India Commemorative Summit
Official languages English
Demonym South Asian
Establishment 1992
Time zone +05.30 to +09:00
Heads of State Governments at the
ASEAN–India Commemorative Summit, 2012 in New Delhi

 Brunei Darussalam
Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah
Prime Minister Hun Sen
President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono
Prime Minister Thongsing Thammavong
Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak
Prime Minister Thein Sein
President Incumbent Jejomar Binay
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong
Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra
Prime Minister Nguyễn Tấn Dũng
Prime Minister Narendra Modi

Also represented

Secretary General of ASEAN Surin Pitsuwan

The ASEAN – India Commemorative Summit was an international meeting which India hosted to mark the 20th year anniversary of the ASEANIndia dialogue relations and 10-years of its summit level partnership. The summit was held from 20 to 21 December 2012 in New Delhi, India.[1][2] The India-ASEAN relationship was elevated to a "strategic" partnership at the 2012 meeting.[3][4]

To commemorate 20 years of relationship between ASEAN and India, India hosted the ASEAN–India Commemorative Summit on the theme "ASEAN-India Partnership for Peace and Shared Prosperity" in New Delhi on December 20–21, 2012.[5][6] The commemorative summit included the Plenary Session on 20 December and Ceremonial Flag-down of the ASEAN-India Car Rally on 21 December. The commemorative summit was attended by the Heads of States of the 10 ASEAN countries and Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh.[7]

A series of flagship events, meetings and workshops were organised through the year 2012. Part of these flagship events included the 2nd ASEAN-India Car Rally and the ASEAN expedition of the sail training ship INS Sudarshini of the Indian Navy.[8][9]

ASEAN India Car Rally 2012[edit]

The 2nd edition of the ASEAN-India Car Rally was flagged-off from Yogjakarta, Indonesia on November 26, 2012.[10][11] The rally passed through 8 ASEAN countries (excpet Brunei and the Philippines) covering a distance of around 8000 km over 22 days and was flagged down in Guwahati on December 17, 2012.[12] The Car Rally was ceremonially flagged down by the Prime Minister of India and Leaders of ASEAN in New Delhi on December 21, 2012 during the ASEAN–India Commemorative Summit.[13]

"Marker" events, including business seminars, tourism road-shows, cultural performances, etc. were organized along the route of the Car Rally by Indian Missions, CII, Ministry of Tourism and ICCR. The business events include: Seminars on 'Master Plan on ASEAN Connectivity and Public-Private Partnerships' in Singapore on November 27, 2012;[14] 'India-ASEAN Connectivity: The opportunities in infrastructure' in Malaysia on November 29, 2012, 'ASEAN-India Connectivity: Promoting Business Linkages between ASEAN and India’s North-East' in Bangkok on December 3, 2012;[15] 'ASEAN - India  : IT & ITES' at Ho Chi Minh City on November 6, 2012; a Round Table on Small and Medium Enterprise in Phnom Penh on December 7, 2012 and a Seminar on 'ASEAN – India Connectivity  : A Successful Border Trade' in Mandalay on December 13, 2012.

Dignitaries from India who participated at the various events associated with the car rally include: Shri Sathyanarayana Sarvey, Hon'ble Minister of State for Road Transport & Highways (in Malaysia); Shri Tarun Gogoi, Chief Minister of Assam (in Ho chi Minh city); Shri O.Ibobi Singh, Chief Minister of Manipur (in Manipur); Shri Tarun Gogoi, Chief Minister of Assam and Smt.D.Purandeswari, Minister of State (Commerce & Industry) at the flag down of the car rally in Guwahati.[16]

INS Sudarshini's ASEAN Expedition[edit]

The INS Sudarshini Expedition was flagged off from Kochi on 15 September 2012, was given a Naval send-off at Chennai on September 29, 2012. The expedition concluded on 29 March 2013 at Kochi where it was received by Minister of Defence (India) A. K. Antony.[17][18] During the 6-month expedition, INS Sudarshini called on Padang, Bali, Manado, Brunei, Cebu, Manila, Da Nang,[19] Sihanoukville, Bangkok, Singapore, Klang, Phuket and Sittwe.[20]

During this expedition, several business events were organised including: Seminar on 'ASEAN-India FTA' in Indonesia followed by B2B Meeting on October 24, 2012; 'India-Indonesia Business Seminar for Progress & Prosperity' organized at the Bali Chamber of Commerce & Industry followed by B2B Meeting on October 29, 2012;[21] 'Academic Seminar on India & Indonesia–Shared History & Culture and Opportunities for deepening People–to–People Contacts' organized at Udayana University on October 30, 2012 [22] and B2B Meeting between Manado Chamber of Commerce (Kadin Manado) and delegation of Indian businessmen led by FICCI, preceded by a half-day IT-ITeS Seminar at Sam Ratulangi University on November 12, 2012; a Seminar on 'India-ASEAN FTA' organized in association with ICC, Kolkata. Philippine Chamber of Commerce and India-Philippine Business Council on December 14, 2012 in Manila. Other events included, Seminar on 'India-ASEAN FTA' in Vietnam followed by B2B Meeting on January 2, 2013; Seminar on 'India - ASEAN FTA' followed by B2B meeting in Bangkok on January 18, 2013, Seminar on 'India – Singapore Partnership: Ports, Logistics & related Maritime Domain' in association with FICCI in Singapore in February 2013; Seminar on 'Trade and Investment Forum – India-Malaysia Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement: the Next Steps' in Malaysia on February 16, 2013 followed by a B2B Meeting; Seminar on 'India-ASEAN FTA' at Sittwe organized in association with ICC, Kolkata followed by a B2B Meeting in March 2013.

See also[edit]


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  3. ^ India and the ASEAN: A Pivotal Relationship
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  5. ^ "In China's shadow, ASEAN leaders look to India for maritime security". Reuters. Dec 20, 2012. 
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  8. ^ "ASEAN-India Commemorative Summit". Voice of India. August 9, 2012. 
  9. ^ "Car rally, naval expedition to 13 ASEAN ports". Deccan Herald. August 9, 2012. 
  10. ^ "Second ASEAN-India car rally kicks off at Yogyakarta". The Times of India. Nov 26, 2012. 
  11. ^ "ASEAN-India Car Rally to start in Yogyakarta today". The Jakarta Post. Nov 26, 2012. 
  12. ^ "ASEAN-India Car Rally 2012 ends with Flag Down Ceremony in Guwahati". News Post. Dec 17, 2012. 
  13. ^ "ASEAN-India Car Rally 2012 concludes in New Delhi". December 28, 2012. 
  14. ^ "ASEAN-India Seminar on the Master Plan on ASEAN Connectivity and Public-Private Partnerships". ASEAN Studies Centre. Nov 27, 2012. Archived from the original on July 6, 2013. 
  15. ^ "Seminar on ‘ASEAN-India Connectivity: Promoting Business Linkages between ASEAN and India’s North-East’". Dec 5, 2012. Archived from the original on June 28, 2013. 
  16. ^ "ASEAN-India Car Rally 2012 will open up NE region to South East Asia: Tarun Gogoi". Economic Times. Nov 15, 2012. 
  17. ^ "INS Sudarshini returns from historic odyssey on March 25". The Hindu. March 22, 2013. 
  18. ^ "INS Sudarshini to return to Kochi on 25 March". The Statesman. March 23, 2013. 
  19. ^ "Indian naval ships to visit Vietnam". December 28, 2012. 
  20. ^ "INS Sudarshini Returns Home to Kochi". March 27, 2013. 
  22. ^ "Academic Seminar on Culture and Historical Links in Udayana University, Bali – DENPASAR" (PDF). Oct 30, 2012.