Published on: September 16, 2023

20th ASEAN-India Summit

20th ASEAN-India Summit

Why in news?  Prime Minister’s participated in the 20th ASEAN-India Summit in Jakarta


  • It is a biannual meeting held by the members of ASEAN in relation to economic, political, security, and socio-cultural development of Southeast Asian countries.
  • The 1st ASEAN Summit was held in February 1976 in Bali, Indonesia.
  • ASEAN Summit is the supreme policy-making body of ASEAN and comprises the heads of state or government of each member state
  • The ASEAN-Australia-New Zealand Free Trade Area was established at the 14th ASEAN Summit in 2009.
  • The ASEAN league conducts annual meetings with other countries in an organisation collectively known as the ASEAN dialogue partners.
  • ASEAN +3 adds China, Japan, and South Korea.

Key Highlights of the 20th ASEAN-India Summit

  • Advancing the establishment of a multi-modal connectivity and economic corridor that links South-East Asia, India, West Asia, and Europe.
  • Extending an invitation to ASEAN partners to benefit from India’s Digital Public Infrastructure Stack, thus fostering digital cooperation.
  • Introducing an ASEAN-India fund for Digital Future, with a primary focus on promoting cooperation in digital transformation and financial connectivity.
  • Pledging continued support to the Economic and Research Institute of ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA) as a knowledge partner, enhancing our collaborative engagement.
  • Advocating for a collective approach in raising pertinent issues faced by the Global South within multilateral forums.
  • Extending an invitation to ASEAN countries to participate in the Global Centre for Traditional Medicine, an initiative by the WHO to be established in India.
  • Proposing collaborative efforts on Mission LiFE (Lifestyle for the Environment), emphasizing environmental sustainability.
  • Offering to share India’s expertise in delivering affordable and high-quality medicines to the public through Jan-Aushadhi Kendras.
  • Stressing the importance of collective action against terrorism, terror financing, and cyber-disinformation.
  • Inviting ASEAN countries to join the Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure and promoting cooperation in disaster management.
  • Calling for strengthened collaboration in the realms of maritime safety, security, and domain awareness.


  • Intergovernmental organization
  • Founded – 1967
  • Secretariat – Jakarta, Indonesia
  • Motto – “One Vision, One Identity, One Community”
  • Membership – Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam