Timeline of India’s engagement with ASEAN, its members

August 28th, 2008 - 6:06 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Aug 28 (IANS) The following is the timeline of India’s engagement with the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) with which India concluded a free trade pact in Singapore Thursday:1992: India becomes ASEAN’s sectoral dialogue partner

1995: India invited to become full dialogue partner in 5th ASEAN Summit, Bangkok

1996: ASEAN invites India to become member of ASEAN Regional Forum

2002: India and ASEAN begin to hold annual summit level meetings

2003: India accedes to the Treaty of Amity and Cooperation in Southeast Asia at Bali summit

2003: India signs framework pact for free trade agreement with Thailand in October

2004: India-Thailand sign Free Trade Agreement

2004: Negotiations with Malaysia begins on comprehensive economic cooperation agreement, Dec 20

2005: India-Singapore sign Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement, June 29

2005: Joint study group set up for comprehensive economic cooperation agreement with Indonesia, Nov 11

2007: India-ASEAN target $50m bn bilateral trade by 2010

2008: India-ASEAN conclude free trade pact, Aug 28

2008: India-ASEAN agree to negotiate pact on investment and services, Aug 28

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