13th ASEM Summit-Highlights

13th edition of the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) Summit is scheduled to held on November 25 and November 26, 2021.

Key Points

  • In the summit, the Indian delegation will be led by Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu.
  • The summit is titled as “Strengthening Multilateralism for Shared Growth”.
  • It will be held in virtual mode, by including all 51 member countries. Apart from members, ASEAN and the European Union will also take part.

Asia–Europe Meeting (ASEM)

ASEM is an Asian–European political dialogue forum, that works to enhance relations and several forms of cooperation between its partners. It was established on March 1, 1996 at 1st ASEM Summit (ASEM1) in Bangkok, Thailand. It was established by the 15 Member States of the EU & European Commission and 7 Member States of the ASEAN, besides individual countries of Japan, China, and South Korea.

Members of ASEM

Several EU Member States, India, Pakistan, Mongolia and the ASEAN Secretariat joined ASEM in 2008. In 2010, Australia, New Zealand and Russia joined. While, Bangladesh, Norway, and Switzerland joined in 2012. In 2014, Croatia & Kazakhstan joined ASEM. Turkey is the newest member of ASEM, that joined in 2021.

ASEM Summit

ASEM Summit is a biennial event, that is alternatively held between Asian and European countries. It is the most significant event in ASEM process of setting priorities for dialogue & cooperation between Asia & Europe on issues of mutual interest in the fields of economics, politics, finance, education, social and culture.

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