Kamal Nath, union minister of commerce and industry, would be representing the Prime Minister at the 7th Association of South East Nations (ASEAN)-India Summit and the fourth East Asia Summit, which is scheduled to be held during April 11 12, 2009 in Thailand.
ASEAN held these summits on a yearly basis.
Leaders of state/government of the 10 ASEAN member nations in addition to its dialogue associates including India, China, Japan, Korea, etc attended the summits.
A key feature of the East Asia Summit, which comprises heads of ASEAN, India, China, Japan, Korea, Australia and New Zealand, this time, would be a focus session with heads of global agencies comprising World Bank, International Monetary Fund (IMF), Asian Development Bank (ADB), etc.
India would be looking forward to advancement in a variety of cooperation plans with ASEAN that consists of free trade agreement (FTA), open skies plan, science and technology fund, tourism etc.
India would also take up matters related to energy, atmosphere, disaster mitigation, financial partnership study, etc in the meeting of the 16 member East Asia Summit.