Moreover, the signing of the RCEP cannot put an end to the process – since several countries must ratify the agreement through a parliamentary process. But officials also noted that there was not much room because there were no more complicated negotiations on the text. ON 13 August 2009, ASEAN and India signed the ASEAN-India Trade Agreement (TIG) in Bangkok after six years of negotiations. The Tig aSEAN-India agreement came into force on 1 January 2010. At the 7th ASEAN-India Summit on 24 October 2009 in Cha-am Hua Hin, Thailand agreed to review the bilateral trade target of $70 billion, which is expected to be achieved over the next two years, and estimated that the initial target of $50 billion set in 2007 could soon be exceeded. On the other hand, India is at the end of the Asean Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement to which it joined in 2010. India`s total trade deficit with Asean increased from $8 billion in 2009-10 to about $22 billion in 2018-19. In 2008, the total volume of ASEAN-India trade was $47.5 billion. ASEAN`s exports to India amounted to $30.1 billion , a 21.1% increase over 2007. ASEAN imports from India amounted to $17.4 billion , a 40.2 per cent increase over 2006. With regard to foreign direct investment (FDI), India`s inflow to ASEAN Member States amounted to USD 476.8 million in 2008, or 0.8% of the region`s total.
India`s total direct investment in ASEAN amounted to $1.3 billion between 2000 and 2008. The trade and investment statistics of ASEAN`s dialogue partners can be accessed by www.asean.org/22122.htm. India had also signed the Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement with various Asean countries. According to the PHD Chamber report, India`s imports from Asean countries increased sharply relative to its exports to those countries after the signing of these agreements. “All successful countries, especially our East Asian neighbours, have made their companies global players. These countries have adopted the right mix of policies that have paid off miserably. We all know how China has encouraged its domestic industry in recent decades,” he added. New Delhi: India continues to review its free trade agreement (FTA) for goods with ASEAN may not happen as quickly as it had hoped, as most Southeast Asian nations are reluctant to engage in delicate negotiations immediately. SAFTA was signed in 2006 between Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. Since its inception, India`s exports to these countries have increased from $4 billion to $21 billion. “We were thinking that repeating the scoping exercise would go against that goal. In a spirit of cooperation.
As our minister had suggested in Hon`ble during the AEM-lndia consultations, lndia showed the flexibility to complement the ASEAN proposal to organize the scoping exercise before taking the exam,” Wadhawan wrote in the letter shared by the ASEAN secretariat with all member states.