ASEAN Future Forum

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

About ASEAN Future Forum:

  • It acts as a platform for ASEAN and its partners to share new ideas and policy recommendations.
  • It aimed at creating a common platform for ASEAN member states as well as partner countries and ASEAN people to contribute to promoting and shaping the bloc’s development path.
  • It was proposed by Vietnam at the 43rd ASEAN Summit in 2023.
  • Theme of the first forum: Toward fast and sustainable growth of a people-centered ASEAN Community.
  • It took place in Hanoi,Vietnam.

Key facts about ASEAN

  • It is a group of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, which was established in 1967 with the signing of the Bangkok declaration.
  • Founding members: Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore and Thailand.
  • Presently ASEAN comprises 10 member states namely Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Brunei, Laos, Myanmar, Cambodia and Vietnam.
  • It promotes intergovernmental cooperation and facilitates economic, political, security, military, educational, and sociocultural integration between its members and other countries in Asia.

Q1: What is Policy formulation?

It involves the process of identifying and crafting a set of policy alternatives to address a problem and narrow down the alternatives to arrive at a final policy decision.

Source: EAM S Jaishankar Speaks At First ‘ASEAN Future Forum’ Virtually