India-ASEAN Youth Summit from 14th

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 13 Aug 2017 12:47:29


Staff Reporter,

The India-ASEAN Youth Summit will be organised in Bhopal from August 14 to 19 by Government of Madhya Pradesh, Foreign Ministry and India Foundation. The summit would be inaugurated by Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and Minister of State for External Affairs General V K Singh.
This was informed by Public Relations and Water Resources Minister Dr Narottam Mishra on Saturday. He said that Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Youth Affairs and Sports Vijay Goyal would be present at the inaugural programme. On the first day there will be a lecture by film actor Anupam Kher.

Dr Mishra said that Madhya Pradesh has been chosen for this event as the Sanchi Stupa here strengthens the State’s cultural affiliation with the ASEAN countries. The event is an effort to present the work on good governance in Madhya Pradesh on the world stage in the form of a tableau. It would be a unique effort to present Madhya Pradesh Tourism on the world stage.

He said that the event would be one of the prominent events organised in India in a year. The 25-year India-ASEAN Dialogue Partnership is completing 15 years in India. Coincidentally it is also the 50th anniversary of the establishment of ASEAN. The civilisation links of the ASEAN region with India are centuries old. With this event these links can be probed from a new angle. Taking into account the “Act East Policy” of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the event becomes even more significant.

According to Dr Mishra over 175 delegations of youth leaders under 35 years will be included in the summit. It will have participation from the ruling and opposition political parties, think tank, media, trade, bureaucracy and art and culture sectors. The parliamentary delegation of Cambodia and Vietnam will also participate in the summit.
A significant fact is that half of the representatives would be women.

The ASEAN countries are considering the summit as a symbol of their cultural heritage and culture. He said that the summit would be based on improving relations for a better understanding between a fast developing India, its youth and ASEAN countries.  A platform would be made to develop “values” and ownership for better ASEAN-India relations. This will help in preparing a common outlook for widespread regional participation in security and economic issues. The summit will prove to be a platform for networking of youth leaders to share their thoughts and experiences. Dr. Narrotam Mishra told that the chief guest at the concluding session of the summit would be Minister for External Affairs Sushma Swaraj. Governor O P Kohli will preside over the concluding programme.

Prominent persons who would be taking part in the summit as special speakers are MPs Subhash Chandra, Baijayanti Jai Panda, Sandeep Sangma, Poonam Mahajan, Ambassador of Republic of Philippines in India, Teresita C. Daza, Singapore’s High Commissioner Lim Thuan Kuan, Thailand Ambassador in India Chutintorn Gongsakdi, Myanmar Ambassador to India UMaung Wai, UN Resident Coordinator Yuri Afanasiev, Madhya Pradesh Women and Child Development Minister Archana Chitnis, Indian Women Cricket team captain Mitali Raj, UN Envoy on Youth  Jayathma Wickramanayake, Actor Anupam Kher, Senior fellow of Governance Studies Programme, Dr. Shamika Ravi from Brookings India, New Delhi, Foreign Policy Study Fellow Dhruv Jaishankar, ASEAN-India Coordinator Dr. Prabhakar D., Nalanda University Vice-Chancellor Professor. Sunayana Singh, Foreign Ministry Secretary (East) Preeti Saran.