News-CRUX-10     27th April 2024        

Context: Recently, India’s External Affairs Minister participated in the First ‘ASEAN Future Forum’.

First ASEAN Future Forum

  • About: It serves as a vital platform for sharing innovative ideas and policy recommendations among ASEAN member states and their partners.
  • Objective: To establish a unified platform where ASEAN member states, partner countries, and ASEAN citizens can collectively contribute to shaping the development trajectory of the ASEAN bloc.
  • Proposed by: Vietnam during the 43rd ASEAN Summit in 2023, the ASEAN Future Forum was envisioned to foster collaboration and dialogue within the ASEAN region.
  • Theme of the Inaugural Forum: "Toward fast and sustainable growth of a people-centered ASEAN Community."
  • Location: Hanoi, Vietnam.

Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)

  • Established: In 1967, by the Bangkok Declaration.
  • Type:  A political and economic union of 10 member statesin Southeast Asia.
  • Members: Indonesia, Singapore, Philippines, Malaysia, Brunei, Thailand, Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, and Vietnam.
  • Objective: It promotes inter-governmental cooperation and facilitates economic, political, security, military, educational, and socio-cultural integration between its members and countries in the Asia-Pacific.
  • Secretariat: Jakarta, Indonesia.
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