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With ASEAN gaining economic, political and strategic importance in the last decade, the region offers an immense potential for trade partnerships with India, particularly at a time when there is an economic slowdown in the west, and rising fears of protectionism in the developed world.

Recognising the need for greater engagement with the ASEAN region, India's Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) supported the inaugural Delhi Dialogue I, from 21-22 January, 2009, which was organized by the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) and the SAEA Group Research (SAEA) with the institutional support of esteemed Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS), as an international conference to chart for leaders and business investors the regional issues and dynamics facing the Asia Pacific Region.

Poised as an annual international conference focusing on Asian security cooperation and economic concerns, the Delhi Dialogue I was inaugurated by H.E. Shri Pranab Mukherjee, then Minister for External Affairs, and H.E. Dr Surin Pitsuwan, ASEAN Secretary-General. The two-day conference saw an estimated 250 participants and dealt incisively with three key topics i.e., Energy Security: The way forward for ASEAN and India; Global Financial Turmoil: Economic Security Concerns for India and ASEAN; and India-ASEAN Connectivity, Logistics & Security Concern.

Continuing along the same line, Delhi Dialogue II, held from 21-22 January, 2010 saw the focus on "Regional Security and Cooperation" with the theme of examining "India and Southeast Asia in the Changing Regional Economic Dynamics of Asia: Shared Interests and Concerns". The Hon'ble External Affairs Minister of India, H.E. Shri S M Krishna and the Deputy ASEAN Secretary General H.E. Mr Pushpanathan Sundram graced the Delhi Dialogue II.

Being an inclusive conference for regional stakeholders to participate, the Delhi Dialogue II had the institutional support from Jakarta-based Economic Research Institute of ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA). The two-day conference saw the expert discussions on these main areas i.e., A New Asian Century; the Road map for India and ASEAN in the new millennium; Way forward for Economic Cooperation between India and ASEAN following the FTA in goods; and Enhancing India's connectivity with ASEAN.

For the upcoming Delhi Dialogue III, from 3-4 March, 2011, the reputed Indian Council of World Affairs (ICWA) will be co-hosting the conference with MEA and FICCI, together with the support of SAEA, ISEAS and ERIA.

The Hon'ble External Affairs Minister of India, H.E. Shri S M Krishna will be inaugurating the Delhi Dialogue III with dignitaries from the region, ASEAN Secretary General H.E. Dr Surin Pitsuwan, Brunei Foreign Minister H.E. Pehin Dato Lim Jock Seng, Thailand Foreign Minister H.E. Mr Kasit Piromya, Indonesia Trade Minister H.E. Dr Mari Elka Pangestu, Cambodia Secretary of State H.E. Mr Kao Kim Hourn, Malaysia Special Envoy to India & South Asia H.E. Dato Seri Samy Vellu, Vietnam Assistant Foreign Minister H.E. Mr Pham Quang Vinh, and Philippine Undersecretary for National Defence H.E. Samuel B. Bagasin.

The Delhi Dialogue will be a partnership platform for concerned stakeholders coming together to build a safe, secure and prosperous region. The Delhi Dialogue intends to provide an additional avenue for Policy makers, Think Tanks, Academics and Business leaders to engage in a manner that animates fresh policy thinking and innovative solutions to challenges facing the region.

Our expert panel discussions will be geared to chart future directions and recommendations for policy makers and business leaders in the region. With the synergy of ideas from the policy-makers from India and Asia who will address the conference, renowned researchers and field specialists will also be brought in to share expert knowledge in their examination of the specific challenges facing India and Asia today such as non-traditional security concerns and connectivity issues. Through the multitude of engagements from a cross-section of Asian society, the Delhi Dialogue further serves to enhance awareness and interest of the public of these regional security and cooperation issues of pertinence for Asia.

Beyond the First Twenty Years of India - ASEAN Engagement

3-4, March 2011, Hotel Le Meridien, Windsor Place, Janpath, New Delhi

Hosted by:

Supported by:


(As of February 22, 2011)

Thursday, March 3, 2011

1715 – 1745 hrs


1745 – 1930 hrs Inaugural Session

Welcome Remarks
Shri Sudhir T Devare
Indian Council of World Affairs (ICWA), New Delhi

Dr Amit Mitra
Secretary General, Federation of Indian Chambers of
Commerce and Industry (FICCI), New Delhi

Keynote Address

H.E. Dr. Surin Pitsuwan
Secretary General, ASEAN, Jakarta

Shri S M Krishna
Hon'ble External Affairs Minister, India

H.E. Pehin Dato Lim Jock Seng
Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade II, Brunei Darussalam

H.E. Mr. Kasit Piromya
Minister of Foreign Affairs, Thailand

H.E Dr. Mari Elka Pangestu
Minister of Trade, Indonesia

Vote of Thanks
Shri Harsh C. Mariwala
President-Elect, Federation of Indian Chambers of
Commerce and Industry, (FICCI)

1930 hrs

Welcome reception and dinner hosted by
Ms. Vijaya Latha Reddy
Secretary (East), Ministry of External Affairs
(By invitation only)


Friday, March 4, 2011

0930 – 1100 hrs

SESSION I : Looking Towards 2012 and Beyond


Ambassador K. Kesavapany
Director, Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, Singapore

Lead Speaker

Shri Anand Sharma
Hon’ble Commerce and Industry Minister, India


H. E. Kao Kim Hourn
Secretary of State, Cambodia

Dato’ Dr Mahani Zainal Abidin
Chief Executive Officer, Institute of Strategic and
International Studies, Kuala Lumpur

Mr Rodolfo C. Severino
Former Secretary General, ASEAN and Head, ASEAN Studies Centre, Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, Singapore

Mr Kavi Chongkittavorn
Assistant Group Editor, Nation Media Group, Thailand

1100 – 1130 hrs

1130 – 1300 hrs

SESSION II : India ASEAN Connectivity

Ambassador Ong Keng Yong
Former Secretary General, ASEAN Director, Institute of Policy Studies, Singapore

Lead Speaker
Shri C P Joshi
Hon’ble Minister of Road Transport and Highways, India

Ms Agatha Sangma
Hon’ble Minister of State for Rural Development, India

Datuk Seri Samy Vellu
Special Envoy to India & South Asia on Infrastructure,

Shri K L Thapar
Asian Institute of Transport Development, New Delhi

Mr R. Ravindran
Chairman, SAEA Group Research, Singapore

Mr Hidetoshi Nishimura
Executive Director, ERIA , Jakarta

H.E. Mr U Nyunt Maung Shein
Myanmar’s Permanent Representative (retd) to the United
Nations, Geneva

1300 – 1430 hrs

Session III : Luncheon Speech : Nalanda as a Symbol of Asian Renaissance

Welcome Remarks
Ms Vijaya Latha Reddy
Secretary (East), Ministry of External Affairs, India


Dr Gopa Sabharwal
Vice-Chancellor (Designate), Nalanda University

Vote of Thanks
Professor Tan Tai Yong
Director, Institute of South Asian Studies, Singapore

1430 – 1445 hrs Tea
1445 – 1615 hrs

Session IV : Enhancing India ASEAN Cooperation in
Critical Areas of Non-traditional Security Issues /
Global Commons

Maj. Gen. (retd.) Dipankar Banerjee
Mentor, Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies, New Delhi

Lead Speaker
Ambassador Mushahid Ali
Senior Fellow, S Rajaratnam School of International
Studies, Singapore

Dr Maria Ligia Noronha
Director, Resources and Global Security Division, The
Energy Research Institute, New Delhi

Professor Aileen San Pablo-Baviera
Asian Center, University of the Philippines

Shri A.N. Ram
Former Secretary, Ministry of External Affairs, India

1615 – 1645 hrs Tea
1645 – 1815 hrs

Session V : India in the ADMM Plus and the EAS
Process: The Next Decade

Dato’ Dr William R. Stevenson
Executive Director, Malaysian Institute of Defence and
Strategic Studies, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Lead Speaker
Shri Shivshankar Menon
National Security Advisor, India

H.E. Mr Pham Quang Vinh
Assistant Foreign Minister, Vietnam

Mr. Samuel B. Bagasin
Under Secretary, Department of National Defence,
the Philippines

Professor K. S. Nathan
Director, Institute of Malaysian and International Studies
(IKMAS), Malaysia

Mr Sabam P. Siagian
Director & Senior Editor, The Jakarta Post, Jakarta

1815 – 1830 hrs Concluding Remarks
Shri Sudhir T Devare
Director-General, Indian Council of World Affairs, New

1845 hrs

High Tea



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