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IDSA-ICRIER Joint International Seminar on Economic Co-operation for Security and Development in South Asia

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  • March 16, 2007 to March 17, 2007
    Only by Invitation


    Friday, March 16, 2007

    0900 Registration

    0930-1030 Inaugural Session

    • Introductory Remarks by Shri N.S. Sisodia, Director, IDSA
    • Welcome Remarks by Dr. Rajiv Kumar, Director & CE, ICRIER
    • Keynote Address by Shri Pranab Mukherjee, Hon'ble Minister of External Affairs
    • Vote of Thanks by Shri Virendra Gupta, Deputy Director, IDSA

    1030 Tea

    1100-1330 Session I: Changing Context of Regionalism in South Asia

    Chair: Shri M.K. Rasgotra, Chairman, National Security Advisory Board

    • Dynamics of Rising Economies of South Asia - Prof. Abul Barkat, Dhaka University
    • SAARC in the Context of Globalisation Trends - Dr. Rajiv Kumar and Dr. Aparna Sawhney, ICRIER
    • Political Manifestation of Rising Aspirations - Shri Dilip Padgaonkar, noted journalist and former Editor, The Times of India
    • Pluralism in South Asia - Shri Mangala Moonesinghe, Centre for Policy Alternatives, Colombo

    Discussant: Dr. Ashok Behuria, Research Fellow, IDSA

    1330-1430 Lunch

    1430-1700 Session II: Infrastructure Development & Economic Co-operation

    Chair: Shri Sunil Kant Munjal, Chairman, Hero Corporate Service Ltd., and former President, CII

    • Regional Transport Corridors - Mr. Kunio Senga, DG, ADB, Philippines
      Communication Networks - Prof. Rajat Kathuria, IMI
    • Energy Co-operation - Dr. Salman Zaheer, Sector Manager Energy, WB South Asia
    • SAFTA - Dr. Nadeem-ul-Haq, Director, Pakistan Institute of Development Economics

    Discussant: Ms. Nisha Taneja, Senior Fellow ICRIER

    Saturday, March 17, 2007

    1000-1230 Session III: Regional Security

    Chair: Shri N.N. Vohra

    • Organised Crime and Drug Trafficking - Mr. Gary Lewis, Regional Representative, UNODC
    • Environmental Security in South Asia - Mr. Dasho Paljor Dorji, Deputy Minister and Advisor to the National Environment Commission, Bhutan
    • Refugees and Migration - Prof. O.P. Mishra, Jadavpur University
    • Terrorism - Mr. Hekmat Karzai, Director, Centre for Conflict & Peace Studies, Kabul

    Discussant: Cdr. Alok Bansal, Research Fellow, IDSA

    1230-1330 Lunch

    1330-1600 Session IV: South Asia : The Way Ahead

    Chair: Dr. Rajiv Kumar

    • Primacy of economic diplomacy in fostering regional peace and development - Dr. Sreeradha Datta, Research Fellow, IDSA
    • Prospects of Multilateralism - Prof. Rehman Sobhan, Chairman, Centre for Policy Dialogue, Dhaka
    • Strengthening Civil Society - Najam Sethi, Editor, The Friday Times, Pakistan
    • Building Political Consensus - Shri Kanak Mani Dixit, Editor Himal, Nepal

    1600-1700 Valedictory Session

    Chair: Prof. S.D. Muni

    • Concluding Remarks
    • Valedictory Address by Foreign Minister of Maldives
    • Vote of Thanks