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ASEAN, Oceania remains crucial in act east policy: MEA secretary(east)

January 28, 2021: Riva Ganguly Das, secretary (east), ministry of external affairs emphasised on the importance of India's relations with ASEAN and Oceania countries for enhancing collaboration in areas such as digital connectivity, information technology, fintech, healthcare and pharmaceuticals.

Riva Ganguly Das, secretary (east), ministry of external affairs
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She highlighted the need to explore opportunities in emerging areas of cooperation like building connectivity through India- Myanmar - Thailand trilateral highway.

January 28, 2021: Riva Ganguly Das, secretary (east), ministry of external affairs emphasised on the importance of India's relations with ASEAN and Oceania countries for enhancing collaboration in areas such as digital connectivity, information technology, fintech, healthcare and pharmaceuticals.

Addressing the session India's Engagement with World's Growth Centre - ASEAN and Oceania Region, organized by FICCI, Das highlighted the centrality of these two regions in terms of India's vision for Indo-pacific and urged the industry to explore opportunities in emerging areas of cooperation like the blue economy, disaster management and sustainable development, defence cooperation, building connectivity through India- Myanmar - Thailand trilateral highway.

“Key principles of act east policy are the promotion of economic cooperation, cultural ties, and development of the strategic relationship with countries in Indo Pacific region,” added, Das.

“India's economic relations with ASEAN and Oceania countries have evolved over the years. Although we share a dynamic relationship, there is still huge untapped potential in trade and investment aspects that can be achieved. India can play a key role in reforming and creating new partnerships with these regions for enabling economic growth. The session also talked about how India can become the next potential alternative to the world, for de-risking business, bringing an opportunity to be part of global value chains,” noted the release.

Uday Shankar, president, FICCI, said, “In order to build new and resilient supply chains with ASEAN and Oceania region, we must upgrade the skilling, improve logistics services, and strengthen the infrastructure connectivity with ASEAN and Oceania region.”

He further added that sectors such as start-ups and innovation, e-commerce, infrastructure, artificial intelligence, blockchain, etc. hold the maximum promise for collaboration between India and the countries in the ASEAN and Oceania region.

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