NEW DELHI, Maritime cooperation between the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and India is not a choice but necessity, Indonesian Deputy Foreign Minister A.M. Fachir stated during the Delhi Dialogue X Ministerial Session in India.

“Since several centuries, the Indian and Pacific oceans have become geographical advantages that have linked, unified, and profited India and the ASEAN countries,” Fachir said in the recently concluded dialogue.

Hence, India and the ASEAN should continue to improve maritime cooperation, especially in the fields of maritime and economic security, as well as environment protection and conservation.

Fachir also highlighted the areas of potential and advantages of the ASEAN countries and India, including high economic growth above the global average.

He believes that India and the ASEAN are able to become the centers of economic growth in both oceans, which are being known as the Indo-Pacific region.

Based on this objective, the Indonesian government believes that the development of maritime infrastructure and transportation is vital to boosting investment and trade.

Hence, during President Joko Widodos government, Indonesia has been intensively developing various maritime infrastructure projects, including 32 seaports until 2019.

To this end, Fachir has invited India and other ASEAN member states to invest in maritime infrastructure projects in Indonesia.

Fachir also delivered an invitation for the Indian government to attend the 2018 “Our Ocean Conference” event to be held in Bali on October 29-30, 2018. The conference is part of Indonesias commitment to taking concrete steps on sea preservation.

Delhi Dialogue X was held in New Delhi, India, on July 19-20, 2018, and attended by ministers, deputy ministers, prominent businessmen, academics, and think tanks from India and ASEAN countries. The main theme of the meeting was “Strengthening ASEAN-India Maritime Cooperation.”

Source: NAM News Network