The ASEAN–India (Association of Southeast Asian Nations-India) Connectivity Summit (AICS) was held in New Delhi. The theme of summit was ‘Powering Digital and Physical Linkages for Asia in the 21st Century’.
It was organized by the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) in collaboration with AIC (ASEAN-India Centre) and CII (Confederation of Indian Industry).
The AICS aimed at aimed at accelerating existing connectivity prospects, evolving suitable policy recommendations, identifying issues of concern and developing strategies to enhance economic, trade and industrial relations between India and ASEAN member countries. Its main focus areas were Infrastructure, Roadways, Shipping, Digital, Finance, Energy and Aviation.
It provided common platform for policymakers, senior officials from government, investors, industry leaders, representatives of trade associations and entrepreneurs on same platform to deliberate on partnership models adopted between governments to build infrastructure linkages between India and ASEAN Countries.
It was organised as part of the celebratory events being organised to commemorate the silver jubilee of ASEAN-India dialogue partnership.
ASEAN is a regional organisation that aims to promote intergovernmental cooperation and economic integration amongst its members. It consists of 10-member countries Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. It came into existence on August 8, 1967, after ASEAN declaration (also known as Bangkok Declaration) was adopted.