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September
2019

Chairman’s Press Summary on the Third ASEAN-India Workshop on Blue Economy

13
September
2019

Chairman’s Press Summary on the Third ASEAN-India Workshop on Blue Economy

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Chairman’s Press Summary
on the Third ASEAN-India Workshop on Blue Economy
12 September 2019, Bangkok, Thailand

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On 12 September 2019, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Thailand co-hosted the Third ASEAN-India Workshop on Blue Economy in Bangkok, together with the Ministry of External Affairs of the Republic of India, and in partnership with the Research and Information System for Developing Countries (RIS), the Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA) as well as the National Maritime Foundation (NMF). The Workshop brought together representatives of various sectors from ASEAN Member States and India, including government officials, maritime officials, the private sector, industry, representatives of international organisations, academia and think tanks for an in-depth exploration of the potential areas of cooperation between ASEAN and India in the Blue Economy and the challenges to maintaining the Blue Economy as a catalyst for growth for the region.

The Workshop noted the significance of the Chair’s chosen theme for the year, namely “Advancing Partnership for Sustainability”, as well as Thailand’s agenda on sustainability and connectivity in the context of promoting a sustainable blue economy through the sustainable harnessing of marine resources, including aquaculture, combatting marine debris and addressing Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated fishing. These themes – sustainability and connectivity – were also noted in the context of enhancing maritime connectivity. The role of technology, industry, the private sector and the local communities in these endeavors were also highlighted.

The Workshop welcomed the ASEAN Outlook on the Indo-Pacific (AOIP) which has as one of its priorities maritime cooperation and can help promote maritime cooperation between ASEAN and India. Joint efforts on promoting a sustainable Blue Economy will also support common efforts to achieve Sustainable Development Goal 14 on “Life under Water”, and also sustainable development objectives overall, through win-win cooperation with external partners, including the G20 countries.

The Workshop welcomed ASEAN’s proactive initiative to establish an ASEAN Network for Combatting IUU Fishing (AN-IUU) and the contribution that the adoption of the Bangkok Declaration on Combatting Marine Debris and the ASEAN Framework of Action on Marine Debris earlier this year will have on efforts in this regard. Discussions also explored useful capacity building activities, guest lectures and exchange of visits to discuss further, specific areas of cooperation in the context of the Blue Economy between ASEAN and India, through related agencies such as the National Maritime Foundation, the Phuket Marine Biological Center, the ASEAN Center for Sustainable Development Studies and Dialogue (ACSDSD) and the ASEAN Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance on disaster management (AHA Centre).

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Chairman’s Press Summary on the Third ASEAN-India Workshop on Blue Economy