ASEAN India Youth Summit 2019 focuses on building Prosperity through Connectivity
GUWAHATI: Building on the success of the first India-ASEAN Youth Summit, 2017, Indian Foundation and Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India (MEA) have organized the second leg of ASEAN-India Youth Summit in Guwahati from 3rd to 7th February 2019, on the theme "Connectivity: Pathway to Shared Prosperity." Youth delegates from India, Myanmar, Thailand, Indonesia, Brunei, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, Singapore, Malaysia, and the Philippines have taken part in the summit.
"In this age of dwindling boundaries for cooperation and cultural exchange, let 'Connectivity be the Pathway to Prosperity' for vibrant relations between India & the ASEAN," said Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal.
India and ASEAN have emerged as rising Asian powers in the new millennium with fast-growing new economies. While India's civilization, cultural and commercial trade links with the region go many centuries, renewed and revitalized engagement within the region has come about with India's Act East Policy which was formally enunciated but Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the 12th ASEAN-India Summit held in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar, in November 2014.
Connectivity with ASEAN in all its dimensions - physical, institutional and people-to-people, continues to be a strategic priority for India. In that regard, ASEAN-India Youth Summit is a step to facilitate socio-cultural exchanges between the countries of the region, to further strengthen the values of tolerance, pluralism, and diversity, which is an integral part of the traditions of India and the ASEAN nations.
While the relationship between India and ASEAN are often being defined in economic and security terms, the people-to-people and cultural linkages between the two has flourished over the years and has made India-ASEAN relationship a stronger and more sustainable partnership.
The Youth Summit envisions becoming a platform for youth leaders to develop a sense of ownership for the India-ASEAN relationship based on better understanding of political and government system in a context of a rapidly developing region.
The summit aims to learn the best practices and core competencies from one another for the common well being of the entire region. The summit also looks forward to the establishment of an India- ASEAN Youth Secretariat in India to coordinate activities based on the Youth Declaration adopted in the first India-ASEAN Youth Summit held in 2017.
The summit envisions creating an environment which encourages dialogue and facilitates the expression of youth creativity, and the participation and integration of youth in nation-building programmes and Indo-Pacific region-building programmes. It also envisions formation of India-ASEAN Youth Council.
ASEAN India Youth Summit 2019