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. 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.
To Commemorate 30 years of ASEAN-India relationship, India Foundation is organising the 4th edition of the ASEAN-India Youth Summit on the theme of “Strengthening ASEAN-India Partnership in the Indo-Pacific” in Hyderabad, Telangana on February 12-16, 2023.
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.