The ASEAN-India economic integration has made substantial progress in recent years. India’s engagements with Southeast and East Asia have received new momentum under the Act East Policy (AEP). In 2017, ASEAN and India will be celebrating 25 years of their dialogue relations. The relationship is set to deepen in coming days as ASEAN and India step up their collaboration across a range of economic and strategic issues, including trade and connectivity, culture, people-to-people links, trans-national terrorism, and maritime security. However, both of them have been facing several challenges which call for concerted efforts by ASEAN and India. With ASEAN and India working towards establishing a Comprehensive Free Trade Area through Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) agreement, their cooperation will be key in promoting economic stability, competitiveness, growth and integration in the region.
This book is a timely initiative to review the past and suggest the ways to further strengthen the economic partnership. It primarily deals with the economic integration issues between ASEAN and India, and assesses policy priorities, effectiveness, implementation imperatives and challenges. Each chapter in this book tries to capture essential features of the crosscutting issues and attempts to draw some policy implications. It will be a valuable reference for policymakers, academics and practitioners.
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Table of Contents
1. Introduction 2. ASEAN-India Political Cooperation: How to Reinforce a Much Needed Pillar? 3. Act East Policy and India’s Cultural Diplomacy with ASEAN 4. Reassessing the Impact of the ASEAN-India Free Trade Agreement 5. Will India Gain from India-ASEAN FTA? Analysis of Simulated Scenarios based on Phased Implementation 6. ASEAN Attempts at the Initiatives to Broaden Free Trade Agreements in East Asia 7. India-Thailand Partnership: Way Towards Greater Cooperation 8. India-ASEAN Production Networks: What is There for Indian SMEs? 9. Trade in Services in Asia-Pacific: Assessing Barriers and Implications for Services Trade Facilitation in India 10. ASEAN-India Connectivity: Progress So Far 11. Look East to Act East 12. Education and Knowledge Institutional Cooperation with Special Reference to Science
Prabir De is a Professor at Research and Information System for Developing Countries (RIS) and Coordinator at ASEAN-India Centre (AIC), New Delhi.
Suthiphand Chirathivat is the Chairman at Chula Global Network and Executive Director at ASEAN Studies Center (ASC), Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok.