The Association of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN) comprises of Indonesia, Singapore, Philippines, Malaysia, Brunei, Thailand, Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar and Vietnam. While India’s civilizational links with the region are centuries old, renewed and revitalised engagement with the region has come with the “Act East Policy” of the Hon’ble PM of India Shri Narendra Modi. This enhanced engagement is a natural progression of the significant pivot to the region in form of the Look East Policy. Hon’ble PM at the 12th ASEAN India Summit and the 9th East Asia Summit held in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar, in November, 2014, formally enunciated the Act East Policy. The addition of a robust economic vector to the Indo-ASEAN relationship has made it a stronger, more sustainable partnership.
To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the ASEAN-India Dialogue Partnership in 2017, India Foundation and Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India (MEA) have decided to organise an India-ASEAN Youth Summit on the commemorative year's theme of "Shared Values, Common Destiny.” It aptly reflects the close cultural and civilizational links that India and South East Asia have enjoyed over two millennia.
The brochure for the summit can be accessed here.