Prime Minister to embark on three-nation Asia tour on Sunday (Part II)

Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao said Prime Minister Dr. Singh will travel to Hanoi (Vietnam) on the third and final leg of his Asia tour, for participating in the 8th India-ASEAN Summit and 5th East Asia Summits on October 30, 2010.
The India-ASEAN Summit, Nirupama Rao said, will take place in the forenoon, when Prime Minister will hold discussions with his 10 ASEAN counterparts.

The Foreign Secretary said: “Our relationship has indeed come a long way. The India-ASEAN Trade-in-Goods Agreement became operational on 1st January, 2010. We expect to complete negotiations on the Trade in Services and Investment Agreement soon. To give a fillip to our economic engagement an India-ASEAN Trade Fair and Business Summit is planned at New Delhi in March, 2011.”

The India- ASEAN Plan of Action for 2010-15, is proposed to be adopted during the Summit. A series of events are also being contemplated next year leading to the first ever India-ASEAN Commemorative Summit in India in 2012, she informed.

Informing the reporters that the 5th East Asia Summit will also be held on October 30, Nirupama Rao informed that it would deliberate on the issues of (a) Energy, Environment, climate change and sustainable development (b) Financial Cooperation (c) Pandemics (d) Natural Disaster Mitigation (e) Education and (f) Comprehensive Economic Partnership in East Asia (CEPEA) and Economic and Research Institute of ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA).

“The leaders will also exchange views on regional and international issues and on the future cooperation in EAS. They are expected to invite US and Russia to attend EAS as the ‘Guest of the Host’ with formal entry at Summit level scheduled for 2011,” she stated.

Prime Minister would take this opportunity to, interalia, brief the East Asia Summit leaders on the Nalanda University Project, which is now ready to take-off after the acquisition of land and passage of the Nalanda University bill in Parliament, Nirupama Rao added.

The Foreign Secretary said the Summit would adopt the ‘Hanoi Declaration on the Commemoration of the Fifth Anniversary of the East Asia Summit’. “All EAS leaders will also pay a courtesy call on President of Vietnam His Excellency Nguyen Minh Triet who will host a lunch in their honour,” she said.New Delhi News

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