India’s National Democratic Alliance ( NDA) Government, led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, changed the name of the country’s key foreign policy from “Look East policy” to “Act East policy” in a bid to bolster its strategic and economic relations with ASEAN and its members.

According to India’s Hindustan Times newspaper, the name alteration was agreed upon in a joint statement issued after Modi’s meeting with US President Barack Obama on September 30.

The statement announced that PM Modi is keen to expedite the economic partnership with Southeast Asian countries to attract investment to the country, especially in infrastructure, and boost trade connections in the region, thus bringing greater economic benefits to India.

As part of its policy, the Indian government is looking to apply the visa-on-arrival option to more ASEAN member states, the newspaper said.

The “ Look East policy” was an important foreign policy initiated in the 1990s, which aimed to strengthen strategic relations and expand economic ties between India and Southeast Asian nations.-VNA