The academe, members of the diplomatic corps, and representatives from the Philippine government gathered at the ASEAN-India Forum to discuss the relations between the strategic partners and explore ideas on how to strengthen their cooperation.

ASEAN India tradeconnectivity panel

APPFI Vice President Dr. Antoinette Raquiza chairs the panel discussion on ASEAN-India trade and connectivity.

The panels centered on the South Asian power’s Act East policy, on its political convergence with ASEAN, and their areas of cooperation such as in trade, connectivity, and socio-cultural relations.

The Philippines’ relations with India was also discussed. DFA Undersecretary for International Economic Relations Manuel Teehankee provided updates on the newly inked agreements on defense, agriculture, small and medium enterprises, and tie-up with think tanks during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s state visit in the country.

Aside from being one of the commemorative events for the 25th anniversary of ASEAN-India partnership, the forum also served as a contribution to the Philippine hosting of ASEAN this year. [Learn more]

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