Asia Development Dialogue (ACD) is a regional forum of Asian nations adhering to the principles of equality, reciprocity, mutual benefit and gradual policy and pursuing the aim to build a new Asia where lasting peace, stability and prosperity prevail. Its activities are aimed at strengthening regional cooperation and promoting regional integration process through political dialogue and mutual trust, joining efforts in implementation bilateral and regional programmes and projects in various areas, including economic, financial, social and rural development, poverty eradication, natural disaster prevention, conservation and preservation of clean environment, rational utilization of natural resources, ensuring sustainable development. ACD can rightly claim to be an excellent platform for peaceful and intellectual dialogue and initiatives to address the most vital issues and challenges and find the common solutions for the benefit of the peoples and countries in the region.
Since its inception, the ACD has rapidly developed in two dimensions, namely, dialogue and projects. On the dialogue dimension, ACD Foreign Ministers meet annually at the ACD Ministerial Meetings to discuss ACD developments, issues of regional cooperation and ways to enhance and solidify Asian unity. On the projects dimension, a number of the ACD countries has proposed to be prime movers in 20 areas of cooperation, such as energy, agriculture, biotechnology, tourism, poverty alleviation, IT development, e-education and financial cooperation.
Currently, the ACD comprises 32 countries: Afghanistan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Brunei Darussalam, Bhutan, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Iran, Japan, Kazakhstan, Republic of Korea, Kuwait, Kyrgyz Republic, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Pakistan, Philippines, Oman, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan and Vietnam.
The previous 10th ACD Ministerial Ministers was held in Kuwait, State of Kuwait on 14 October, 2012. Concurrently, Kuwait Government hosted the 1st Summit of Heads of State of the ACD member countries, which resulted in adoption of the joint Communiqué.