Commemorative Summit

ASEAN-India Commemorative Summit 2012

To mark the 20th anniversary of the ASEAN-India dialogue partnership and the 10th anniversary of ASEAN-India Summit-level partnership, India hosted the ASEAN-India Commemorative Summit in New Delhi on December 20-21, 2012. The theme of the summit was ‘ASEAN-India Partnership for Peace and Shared Prosperity’.

The Summit has resulted in the adoption of the Vision Statement which will chart the future direction of ASEAN-India relations. The ASEAN-India Eminent Persons Group (AIEPG) submitted their recommendations to the Leaders on future relations between ASEAN and India at the 10th ASEAN-India Summit in Phnom Penh.

Enhancing relations with ASEAN has been central to India’s "Look East Policy” and there has been steady progress in the relationship with ASEAN countries since the policy was initiated in 1991. India became a sectoral dialogue partner of ASEAN in 1992, and a full dialogue partner in 1996. Since 2002, we have had annual Summits with ASEAN. After the Commemorative Summit on Dec 20-21 2012 in Delhi, India has become a strategic partner of ASEAN.

The ASEAN-India Commemorative Summit was the culmination of several events organized in celebration of the partnership. These included a number of Ministerial level Meetings, people to people initiatives, B2B activities and cultural programmes both in India and the ASEAN countries.

The Logo for the Commemorative Summit was launched by External Affairs Minister at a special event organized on the sidelines of the 10th ASEAN-India Ministerial Meeting in Phnom Penh on July 11, 2012. (Details)

External Affairs Minister with his ASEAN Counterparts at the launch of the logo forthe Special ASEAN-India Commomerative Summit in Phnom Penh (July 11, 2012). (Click here for photos.)

Two flagship events were organized as part of the commemorative year: Shipping Expedition of INS Sudarshini to ASEAN countries (on-going till March 2013) and the ASEAN-India Car Rally 2012.

The INS Sudarshini Shipping Expedition was flagged off on 15 September 2012 from Kochi and is scheduled to conclude on 29 March 2013. The shipping expedition traces the ancient trade route along the monsoon winds and is conceptualized to highlight India’s traditional and current maritime linkages with South East Asia and emphasize connectivity and the continuous flow of intellectual ideas, economic trade and the civilizational interface between the people of the region. INS Sudarshini would call on ports in nine ASEAN countries during this expedition. Various "Marker” events – B2B events by FICCI and ICC, Kolkata and cultural events by ICCR – are being organized at various ports of call.

The 2nd edition of the ASEAN-India Car Rally 2012 was flagged off from Yogjakarta, Indonesia on November 26, 2012.

After passing through several capitals and cultural and commercial centres, covering a distance of 7448 kms over 19 days, the Rally was flagged-down at Guwahati on December 17, 2012. The rally was then received by the Leaders of ASEAN and India in New Delhi on December 21, 2012, on the occasion of the ASEAN-India Commemorative Summit.

"Marker” events, including business seminars, tourism road-shows, cultural performances, etc. were also organized along the route of the Car Rally by Indian Missions, CII, Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP), Ministry of Tourism and ICCR.