ASEM Summit

What is Important?
UPSC perspective:
Mains:About ASEM & its significance
Non-UPSC perspective:Hosting Place & Theme

Why in News?

The Vice President of India, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu left for Belgium to attend the two-day 12th Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) in Brussels.The theme of the ASEM Summit is ‘Global Partners for Global Challenges’.

About  Asia-Europe Meeting:

*The Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) is an informal process of dialogue and cooperation bringing together the 28 European Union member states, 2 other European countries, and the European Union with 21 Asian countries and the ASEAN Secretariat.
*The bi-annual event is considered the highest platform for dialogue and cooperation between Asia and Europe in the areas of trade, investment, security and tourism. As many as 51 Heads of States/ Heads of Government are expected to participate in the Summit where a wide range of issues from climate change to terrorism are expected to be discussed.
*It was officially established on 1 March 1996 at the first summit in Bangkok, Thailand.
*The ASEM Summit is a biennial meeting between the Heads of State and Government, the President of the European Council, the President of the European Commission, and the Secretary-General of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).
*This will be the first multi-lateral summit the Vice President will be attending after taking office in August 2017.
*The Vice President will also participate in the Plenary Session and have interactions with various stakeholders. He will also call on His Majesty, the King of the Belgians and have bilateral meetings with the Heads of State / Government from Austria, Portugal, Switzerland and other countries on the sidelines of the Summit.

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