The 5th joint meeting of the India-Japan Act East Forum was held between India and Japan on 28th January 2021. The meeting was co-chaired by Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla and the Ambassador of Japan to India, Suzuki Satoshi.

Points To Note

  • During the bilateral Act East Forum, both countries reviewed the progress of ongoing projects in the North Eastern states of India.
  • These projects were launched in the areas ranging from the hydropower, connectivity, harnessing of water resource, sustainable development, and skill development.
  • India and Japan also discussed several ongoing new projects under India-Japan bilateral cooperation.
  • Both also exchanged their views on cooperation in new areas including agro-industries, healthcare and SMEs, Smart city, tourism, bamboo value chain development, and people-to-people exchanges.
  • Both countries also appreciated the role played by the Act East Forum, ever since it was established in 2017, in streamlining India-Japan bilateral cooperation.
  • During the Forum, they highlighted how the forum has helped in the modernization of the North Eastern Region.
  • The Bilateral Act East Forum also provides a platform for India-Japan collaboration in the North Eastern Region in accordance with the India’s Act East Policy and Japan’s vision for a “Free and Open Indo-Pacific”.

The Act East Forum

It was established in 2017. The agreement to established the forum was signed in September 2017 during the visit of Former Prime Minister of Japan Shinzō Abe to India. This platform works in line with the Japan’s vision for a “Free and Open Indo-Pacific” and India-Japan collaboration in the North Eastern Region under India’s “Act East Policy”.

The Act East Policy

It was launched in November in the year 2014 at the East Asia Summit in Myanmar. The policy was launched with the focus on the economic and security integration. The policy mainly focusses on the area like South East Asia and the East Asia. This policy is said to be the modification of the Look East Policy.

The Look East Policy

It was launched by the former Prime Minister of India P.V. Narasimha Rao in 1991. This policy was launched then with the aim of shifting the India’s trading focus from the west and neighbours to the South East Asian nations. This policy was discontinued in the year 2014 with the enactment of Act east policy.

India-Japan 5th Act East Forum Meeting