ASEAN and India Converge on Connectivity
The ASEAN-India Connectivity Summit is the latest step in furthering physical ties between India and Southeast Asia.
India hosted the ASEAN-India Connectivity Summit (AICS) on December 11-12, with the theme of “Powering Digital and Physical Linkages for Asia in the 21st Century.” This summit came month after the 15th ASEAN-India Summit, in which connectivity was one of the major issues for discussion.
Connectivity is a major area of convergence for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and India. India is the third country after Japan and China to initiate a dedicated meeting with the ASEAN Connectivity Coordinating Committee (ACCC). The purpose of this consultative mechanism on connectivity between ASEAN and India is to explore possibilities and means to support the Master Plan on ASEAN Connectivity (MPAC), and physically connect it with India.