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India-ASEAN Youth Summit from August 14-19 in Bhopal


Bhopal : Saturday, August 12, 2017, 20:38 IST

The India-ASEAN Youth Summit will be organized in Bhopal from August 14-19 by Government of Madhya Pradesh, Foreign Ministry and India Foundation. The Summit would be inaugurated by Chief Minister Shri 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 today. He said that Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Youth Affairs and Sports Shri Vijay Goyal would be present at the inaugural programme. On the first day there will be a lecture by film actor Shri 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 organized 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 civilizational 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 Shri 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 Smt. Sushma Swaraj. Governor Shri O.P. Kohli will preside over the concluding programme. Prominent persons who would be taking part in the summit as special speakers are MPs Sarvashri Subhash Chandra, Baijayanti Jai Panda, Sandeep Sangma, Smt. Poonam Mahajan, Ambassador of Republic of Philippines in India, Teresita C. Daza, Singapore’s High Commissioner Shri Lim Thuan Kuan, Thailand Ambassador in India Shri Chutintorn Gongsakdi, Myanmar Ambassador to India Shri UMaung Wai, UN Resident Coordinator Yuri Afanasiev, Madhya Pradesh Women and Child Development Minister Smt. Archana Chitnis, Indian Women Cricket team captain Sushri Mitali Raj, UN Envoy on Youth Sushri Jayathma Wickramanayake, Actor Shri Anupam Kher, Senior fellow of Governance Studies Programme, Dr. Shamika Ravi from Brookings India, New Delhi, Foreign Policy Study Fellow Shri Dhruv Jaishankar, ASEAN-India Coordinator Dr. Prabhakar D., Nalanda University Vice-Chancellor Professor. Sunayana Singh, Foreign Ministry Secretary (East) Sushri Preeti Saran.

Pralay Shrivastava