NEW DELHI, India invites member countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to invest in its infrastructure projects, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said Thursday.

Speaking at the tenth edition of the annual event "Delhi Dialogue", she said that the new reforms in India had opened new opportunities for trade and investments into the country.

"I invite companies from ASEAN countries to take advantage of these opportunities for investments in India, in numerous sectors such as smart cities, roads, highways, ports, railways, power and urban infrastructure," said the minister.

The "Delhi Dialogue" is a premier annual "track 1.5" event to discuss politico-security, economic and socio-cultural engagement between ASEAN and India. It has been held annually since 2009. This year's theme is "Strengthening ASEAN-India Maritime Cooperation."

"We are also engaged in the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) negotiations involving ASEAN and its six FTA partners. We believe that the RCEP presents a decisive opportunity to further engage our eastern neighbours economically. We hope that we can finalise the negotiations soonest possible," said the minister.

Source: NAM News Network