PM Modi Extended USD 1 Million Aid to COVID-19 ASEAN Response Fund

Prime Minister (PM) Shree Narendra Modi recently announced to extend USD 1 million aid  to the COVID-19 ASEAN Response Fund. The PM announced  to contribute the amount during the 17th ASEAN-India summit that was held on November 11, 2020 through video conferencing.

Highlights

During the conference, the Prime Minister Modi highlighted India’s response and support to the international community during the COVID-19 Pandemic.  Modi also welcomed ASEAN’ initiatives for fighting the pandemic. Prime Minister also highlighted the significance of greater digital and physical connectivity between India and ASEAN.  And then highlighted India’s contribution of US $ 1 billion Line of Credit to support the ASEAN connectivity.

ASEAN-India Summit

The ASEAN leaders during the summit praised India’s support towards promoting peace and stability in the region. The leaders welcomed India’s support to ASEAN centrality. They also welcomed the adoption of the ASEAN-India Plan of Action for the year 2021-2025. The leaders and India also discussed about the international and regional issues of concern and common interest. This also included terrorism and the South China Sea conflict. India and ASEAN together noted the significance of promoting the order based on rules in the region and upholding the international law. ASEAN leaders also highlighted the significance of promoting and maintaining peace, safety, stability, security in the South China Sea. They further highlighted the significance of ensuring the navigation freedom and overflight.

Significance of ASEAN

During the summit, the Prime Minister Modi highlighted the significance of ASEAN. Modi highlighted that the responsive, cohesive, and prosperous ASEAN is central to the India’s Indo-Pacific vision. ASEAN association also contributes to Security and Growth for All in the Region (SAGAR) vision of the Prime Minister. The prime minister also noted the significance of strengthening the convergence between ASEAN outlook on Indo-Pacific and Indo-Pacific Ocean’s initiative by India. This would help in ensuring the open, free, rules-based and inclusive Indo-pacific region.