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Thailand Co-chairs the 22nd ASEAN-India Senior Officials Meeting with India

16 July 2020 (Readers 614)

The 22nd ASEAN-India Senior Officials Meeting discussed ways of enhancing the ASEAN-India Strategic Partnership in all dimensions, in order to cope with the challenges caused by the spread of COVID-19, including cooperation on public health, namely the production of vaccines and generic drugs in the treatment of COVID-19, as well as on ways for recovery from the socio-economic impacts.

The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Thailand, Mrs. Busaya Mathelin, co-chaired the Meeting on 16 July 2020 via videoconference with Mrs. Vijay Thakur Singh, Secretary (East), Ministry of External Affairs of India.

According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Meeting reaffirmed the importance of economic cooperation targeted at achieving the goal of 200 billion US dollars in two-way trade by 2022, and promoting multimodal transportation for land, air, and sea, including expediting the India-Myanmar-Thailand Trilateral Highway project and its extension to the Lao PDR, Cambodia, and Vietnam.

It also discussed political and security cooperation and included an exchange of views on regional and global issues and situations and emphasized the importance of deepening relations between ASEAN and Indian peoples, including youth through the long civilizational ties that exist between the two regions.

The Permanent Secretary led the agenda on "Sustainable Development and Closing the Development Gaps in the current context, with the world facing unprecedented challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. Therefore, both sides should urgently promote sustainable development through enhancing health security, food security and human capital development in the region, including on enhancing access to vaccines and antiviral medicines for COVID-19 as well as ensuring that these vaccines and medicines are treated as global public goods, and are accessible to all at an affordable price.

Thailand also suggested sharing its experience on Universal Health Coverage (UHC), exchanging agricultural know-how, as well as promoting sustainable consumption and production through the ASEAN Centre for Sustainable Development Studies and Dialogue (ACSDSD) located in Thailand.

This ASEANIndia Senior Officials Meeting reflected the dynamism of ASEAN-India relations as a Strategic Partnership as well as highlighted the role of Thailand as current Country Coordinator for ASEAN-India Dialogue Relations (for the term 2018-2021), which contribute to promoting peace, security and prosperity in the region.

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