Prime Minister Narendra Modi is slated to visit Bangkok from November 2nd to 4th at the invitation of the Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan o Cha. He will be attending the 16th ASEAN-India summit, 14th East Asia Summit and the 3rd Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) and related events. This has been announced by Special Secretary (East) of the Ministry of External Affairs, Vijay Thakur Singh.
Key Highlights of the briefing:
- It will be Indian PM’s 7thIndo- ASEAN summit meeting and his 6th East Asia Summit meeting after being elected in 2014.
- ASEAN and India celebrated 25 years of their relationship last year in Delhi and signed the Delhi declaration to further strengthen and broaden their relationship. The PM met the ASEAN Leaders once again in November 2018 in Singapore and held an annual dialogue.
Here is the schedule of the Prime Minister as announced:
- He will arrive on the late evening of November 2nd in Bangkok and his first engagement will be an address to the Indian community at the National Stadium. The strength of the Indian community is about 250,000 in Bangkok. The Prime Minister will be releasing a commemorative coin to mark the 550thbirth anniversary of Guru Nanak ji and will also be releasing a Thai translation of the Thirukural (a major work of the Tamil poet Saint Thiruvalluvar).
- On 3rdNovember, the Prime Minister will begin by attending a business summit. Indian business entities are active in Thailand and the two nations share a vibrant relationship in this regard.
- His second engagement for the day will be co-chairing the ASEAN-India summit along with the Thai PM. This will be a stock-taking exercise of the overall relationship between the two entities.
India has extended 100 PhD scholarships to residents of the ASEAN region in India. it is worth about 300 crores.
India has extended a line of credit worth US 1 Billion for projects in the region.
The two countries will be focusing on trade and connectivity, physical and digital; and security issues including cybersecurity.
- On November 4th, PM Modi will have three engagements.
The Prime Minister will attend a lunch hosted by the Thai PM for the leaders of the East Asia Summit group. The theme of sustainable development has been decided by the Thai authorities. India is a partner to this development and continues to cooperate with the forum especially in the field of Oceanography.
The second engagement will be related to the East Asian Summit. This is a leader’s summit and this bloc accounts for more than 50% of the world population. Important issues related to trade, investment, sustainable development and the global situation which continues to remain uncertain shall be discussed.
His last engagement will be the RCEP summit which will be an occasion for the economic bloc to iron out the various differences that persist within the group. India shall be wary of opening up its agricultural market, e-commerce (related to data security) and the growing trade deficit with China.
5. A number of bilateral meetings will also be held. The schedule is currently being worked out.