NEW DELHI: Dr Rajkumar Ranjan Singh, Union minister of state for external affairs and education, and Dr Kung Phoak, secretary of state of the ministry of foreign affairs and international cooperation, Cambodia discussed collaboration in the sphere of health, vaccines, climate change and supply chain resilience at the 7th roundtable of ASEAN-India Network of Think Tanks (AINTT).
Speaking at the roundtable meeting on post-pandemic economic recovery, Dr Singh emphasized the importance of cooperation in health security, digital partnerships and green and sustainable recovery as important agenda items for ASEAN-India cooperation.
The roundtable meeting was organized in hybrid mode by MEA in association with ASEAN-India Centre at RIS, New Delhi and Cambodian Institute for Cooperation and Peace (CICP).
“The speakers deliberated on sustainable recovery, cooperation in health, SDGs, MSMEs, connectivity and supply chain resilience among many other issues,” MEA said.
“In the context of the shift of global economic landscape, the scholars, academics and Think Tanks offered new ideas, for strengthening the connection between India and ASEAN and identifying collaborative opportunities,” it added.
“The ASEAN-India Round Table comprising think tanks, policymakers, scholars, media and business representatives was established at the 7th ASEAN-India Summit in Thailand in 2009 to provide policy inputs to Governments on the future direction of cooperation. The forum serves as a high-quality research platform and provides long-term perspectives to further strengthen ASEAN-India Strategic Partnership,” Ministry said.
The first roundtable of the AINTT was convened in New Delhi in 2012, then it subsequently took place in Vientiane in 2013, Hanoi in 2014, Kuala Lumpur in 2015, Jakarta in 2018 and Bangkok in 2020.