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  • Entry

    By Invitations Only
  • Dates

    03 Feb to 07 Feb 2019
  • Location

    Guwahati

About the Youth Summit

India and ASEAN have emerged as rising Asian powers in the new millennium with fast-growing new economies. Their formidable demographic dividend and a population commanding a considerably high purchasing power have given to this region an immense potential for growth-centric mutual cooperation. While India’s civilisational, cultural and commercial trade links with the region go back many centuries, renewed and revitalised engagement within the region has come about with India’s Act East Policy which was formally enunciated by India’s Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi at the 12th ASEAN-India Summit held in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar, in November 2014.

To commemorate the 25th anniversary of the ASEAN-India Dialogue Partnership in 2017, India Foundation, in collaboration with ASEAN Secretariat and Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India (MEA), organised the first India-ASEAN Youth Summit 2017, themed on Shared Values, Common Destiny. The Youth Summit elicited a very positive response and resulted in an ongoing association between the delegates which continues till date. It provided a platform for youth leaders of both India and ASEAN to engage with each other to develop a resilient and symbiotic relationship between countries. This is reflective of the close cultural and civilisational links that have bound India with South East Asia over millennia.

Such exchanges play a significant role in bringing together hearts and minds to discuss and deliberate policies and contemporary issues, to boost ties between the respective nations and to usher the region into an era of shared prosperity. When young leaders get involved in such exchanges, they achieve higher levels of understanding of each other’s culture, politics, societies, traditions and concerns. Friendships established at this level last a lifetime and have the potential to bridge many a challenge that the countries of the region are facing and which they are likely to face in future.

Building on the success of the first India-ASEAN Youth Summit, 2017, India Foundation and Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India (MEA) are organising the second leg of ASEAN-India Youth Summit on the theme Connectivity: Pathway to Shared Prosperity.

This confluence of youth leaders from India and the ten ASEAN countries - Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam will lead to a shared understanding of the challenges we face and the actions that we need to take to restore and nourish connectivity in all dimensions within the region. Promising young leaders from India and ASEAN will get an opportunity to participate in brainstorming events over the course of five days and they will be mentored by thought leaders from the region.

Participants will represent some of the largest institutions in their respective countries including political parties, think-tanks, media and cultural organisations who will come together for renewed thinking on key pillars of the India-ASEAN relationship and create institutional co-operation across the India-ASEAN region.

Connectivity with ASEAN in all its dimensions—physical, institutional and people-to-people continues to be a strategic priority for India. In that regard, ASEAN-India Youth Summit is a step to facilitate socio-cultural exchanges between the countries of the region, to further strengthen the values of tolerance, pluralism and diversity, which is an integral part of the traditions of India and the countries of ASEAN.

Speakers

SCHEDULE

  14:45 - 15:00 hrs

Introductory Session by Maj Gen Dhruv C. Katoch, Director, India Foundation
  15:00 - 16:00 hrs

Inaugural Session

Chair: Sarbananda Sonowal, Chief Minister, Assam
Welcome Address: Vijay Thakur Singh, Secretary (East), Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India
Chief Guest: K J Alphons, Minister of State (I/C) for Tourism, Government of India
Guest of Honour: Kung Phoak, Deputy Secretary-General, ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community, ASEAN
Vote of Thanks: Shristi Pukhrem, Senior Research Fellow, India Foundation
  16:30 - 17:00 hrs

Keynote Address by Vijay Thakur Singh, Secretary (East), Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India
  17:00 - 18:15 hrs

Panel Discussion I on “Physical Connectivity”

Chair: Chandra Mohan Patowary, Minister for Transport, Parliamentary Affairs and Industry & Commerce, Government of Assam
Special Address: Nongthongbam Biren Singh, Chief Minister, Manipur

Speakers:
Pham Sanh Chau, Vietnam Ambassador to India
Sachin Chaturvedi, Director-General, Research & Information System for Developing Countries (RIS)
  09:00 - 10:00 hrs

Country Presentations (5)
Brunei Darussalam
Cambodia
Indonesia
Lao PDR
Malaysia
  10:00 - 11:30 hrs

Panel Discussion II on “Economic Connectivity”
Chair: Ranjit Barthakur, Founder and Chairman, Globally Managed Services (GMS)

Speakers:
Chutintorn Gongsakdi, Thailand Ambassador to India
Yash Gandhi, Senior Investment Specialist, Invest India
  12:00 - 13:15 hrs

Parallel Group Discussion I

Governance and Polity (Group I)
Moderator: Rajat Sethi, Advisor to Chief Minister of Manipur
Speakers:
Archana Chitnis, Former Minister, Government of Madhya Pradesh


Cultural and Historical Linkages (Group II)
Moderator: Vandana Mishra, Assistant Professor, Jawaharlal Nehru University

Speakers:
Sunaina Singh, Vice-Chancellor, Nalanda University
Moe Kyaw Aung, Myanmar Ambassador to India


Entrepreneurship and Skill Development (Group III)
Moderator: Soumya Agarwal, Board Member & Executive Director, Gateway Education

Speakers:
Shaurya Doval, Managing Director, Zeus Caps and Member, Board of Governors, India Foundation
Lim Thuan Kuan, Singapore High Commissioner to India
  14:15 - 15:30 hrs

Parallel Group Discussion II

Governance and Polity (Group II)
Moderator: Sudarshan Ramabadran, Senior Fellow, India Foundation
Speaker: Archana Chitnis, Former Minister, Government of Madhya Pradesh
Cultural and Historical Linkages (Group III)
Moderator: Rami Desai, Director, iSTRAT CA
Speakers:
Sunaina Singh, Vice-Chancellor, Nalanda University
Pham Sanh Chau, Vietnam Ambassador to India


Entrepreneurship and Skill Development (Group I)
Moderator: Priyang Pandey, Political Advisor to the Chief Minister of Nagaland
Speaker:
Shaurya Doval, Managing Director, Zeus Caps and Member, Board of Governors, India Foundation
  16:00 - 17:00 hrs

Panel Discussion III on “Youth & Socio-Cultural Connectivity”
Chair: Shaurya Doval, Managing Director, Zeus Caps and Member, Board of Governors, India Foundation
Speakers:
Fientje Maritje Suebu, Deputy Chief of the Mission, Indonesia
Bhaichung Bhutia, Footballer & Former Captain of Indian National Team
  17:30 - 18:30 hrs

Country Presentations (5)
Myanmar
Philippines
Singapore
Thailand
Vietnam
  19:30 hrs Onwards

North-East India Cultural & Cuisine Festival
  06:30 - 07:30 hrs

Meditation Session (Optional)
  09:00 - 10:15 hrs

Parallel Group Discussion- III

Governance and Polity (Group III)
Moderator: Aniket Kale, Secretary-General, World Organization of Students & Youth (WOSY)
Speakers:
Archana Chitnis, Former Minister, Government of Madhya Pradesh
Dato Hidayat Abdul Hamid, Malaysia High Commissioner to India

Cultural and Historical Linkages (Group I)
Moderator: Apurv Kumar Mishra, Senior Research Fellow, India Foundation
Speakers:
Sunaina Singh, Vice-Chancellor, Nalanda University

Entrepreneurship and Skill Development (Group II)
Moderator: Priyang Pandey, Political Advisor to the Chief Minister of Nagaland
Speakers:
Shaurya Doval, Managing Director, Zeus Caps and Member, Board of Governors, India Foundation
Chutintorn Gongsakdi, Thailand Ambassador to India
  11:15 - 12:15 hrs

Conversation on “North-East as India’s Gateway to ASEAN”

Chair: Ram Madhav, National General Secretary, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Member, Board of Governors, India Foundation
Speakers:
Biplab Kumar Deb, Chief Minister, Tripura
Neiphiu Rio, Chief Minister, Nagaland
Pema Khandu, Chief Minister, Arunachal Pradesh
  12:30 - 13:30 hrs

Valedictory Session and Youth Awards

Guest of Honour: Himanta Biswa Sarma, Minister of Finance, Health & Family Welfare, PWD, Transformation & Development, Government of Assam and Member, Board of Governors, India Foundation
Chief Guest: Jagdish Mukhi, Hon’ble Governor of Assam
Special Address: Swami Mitrananda, Chinmaya Mission

ASEAN-India Youth Awards 2019
  14:30 - 15:30 hrs

Presentation by Ministry of Tourism on “India-ASEAN Year of Tourism”
  09:00 hrs

Departure to Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary
  10:00 - 12:30 hrs

Visit to Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary

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Sarbananda Sonowal
Chief Minister of Assam

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