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India expands Indo-Pacific Policy; includes Gulf and Africa

At the end of the joint Indian Ocean Dialogue held in New Delhi, External Affairs Minister officially announced that India is planning to expand its Indo-Pacific policy. So far, the Indo-Pacific covered Indian Ocean and the Arabian sea. With the expansion, the region will now include Gulf states and Africa.

Indo Pacific

Indo-Pacific is a US construct that includes regions between the Indian Ocean and the Pacific Ocean. According to the US, it ranges from the eastern shores of the African continent to the western shores of the US. The move of US was perceived to contain China’s military expansion in the region. In June 2018, PM Modi outlined India’s vision on the Indo-Pacific region while addressing the Shangri-La Dialogue.

Significance

The expansion will help India in its Act East Policy. It also clearly sets out message that India’s focus is more on the Indian Ocean element of the Indo-Pacific rather than Pacific Ocean element. This is because with the expansion of the Indo-Pacific, ASEAN becomes the geographical centre of a greater perimeter and becomes heart of Indo-Pacific. This will also help India in moving beyond cultural, historical and economic linkages.

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India-ASEAN Inno Tech Summit 2019

A Three day India ASEAN InnoTech Summit is to being held in Davao, Philippines. The Summit is organized between 20 November, 2019 and 22 November, 2019. It focuses on innovative technologies, exhibitions, and back to back meetings to accelerate innovative development.

Highlights of the summit

This is the second summit being organized. The previous summit was held in New Delhi. The ASEAN members participating in the summit includes Singapore, Brunei, Indonesia, Cambodia, Myanmar, Laos, Philippines, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam. The summit is jointly organized by the FICCI (Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry) and DST (Department of Science and Technology).

India will exhibit its best innovative technologies in the summit. It will also include technologies with potential implementation in the ASEAN region.

Objectives

The summit aims to explore new pathways for partnership between the countries and the Indian research based enterprises. It will capture global trends in innovations and technologies. The summit will also connect global research and development community with the local entities. It will also pave way for industry-academia-government partnerships.

The summit will help India assess the needs of market and build capacities to rapidly commercialize research and development. It will also help in policy frameworks, reforms and regulatory environment.

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