Delhi Dialogue 9 – Chowna Mein Emphasises  Development of Still Well road, trade & commerce and cultural linkages with Myanmar


Participating in the Ministerial Session of Delhi Dialogue 9, Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein emphasised on development and re connection of Second World War famous Still Well Road, trade & commerce and cultural linkages through Pangsao-Pass with Myanmar and other ASEAN Countries during the discussion.

Chowna Mein, along with officers of Arunachal Pradesh attended the 9th Edition of Delhi Dialogue that was held in Delhi from July 4-5 last.

The Delhi Dialogue is a premier annual track event to discuss politico-security, economic and socio-cultural engagement between ASEAN and India. The theme for Delhi Dialogue 9 was’ ASEAN-India Relations: Charting the Course for the Next 25 Years”. Political leaders, policy makers, senior officials, diplomats, business leaders, think tanks and academicians from both ASEAN and India participated in the discussions.

This event was organised by the Ministry of External Affairs in collaboration with ORF, FICCI, SAS, Singapore, SAEA Group Singapore, Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA), Jakarta, Institute of strategic and international studios, Malaysia, Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam, ICWA and ASEAN-India Centre.

The Ministerial Session held on 4 July, was hosted by the Minister of External Affairs, Sushma Swaraj. The session  witnessed participation of Gen. (Dr.) V.K. Singh, Minister of State for External Affairs; Sarbananda Sonowal, Chief Minister of Assam; Chowna Mein, Deputy Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh, Home Minister of Nagaland, Pham Binh Minh, Deputy Prime Minister & Minister of Foreign Affairs, Viet Nam, U Kyaw Tint Swe, Union Minister, Ministry of the Office of the State Counsellor, Myanmar and Hirubalan V P, Deputy Secretary-General for ASEAN Political-Security Community Department, ASEAN Secretariat.

The Delhi dialogue witnessed discussions on  titled Waters of Asia: Cultural, Social and Political Ties along International economic trends and their impact on India and ASEAN; India-ASEAN Trade Relations; Building Regional Network to promote SMEs and Women’s Empowerment; India-ASEAN Infrastructure Investments: Current Scenario and the Way Forward; and Trade & Tourism through Connectivity – Focus North East & East. The Academic Session, featured discussions on the following themes: Regional Geopolitics: Great Power Politics in the Asia-Pacific; New Connectivity Paradigms in the Asia-Pacific; Technology, Innovation and Big Data; and Socio-Cultural Engagement and Diaspora Links.

The Concluding Plenary titled ‘Looking Ahead’ focused on key take ways from Delhi Dialogue 9 to chart the course for India-ASEAN relations for the next 25 years. The 10 member Committee of Permanent Representatives of ASEAN countries and senior media personnel from ASEAN attended the event. In the event it was discussed that North Eastern States to form a land bridge to ASEAN region. The take ways for next 25 years of India – ASEAN relationship would primarily focus on active involvement of North East States. Road connectivity, maritime linkages, digital connectivity, Diasporas exchanges, securitization etc will be the areas of prime focus in the next 25 years.