SAES IX successfully concluded on Oct 16, 2016

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The Ninth South Asia Economic Summit (SAES IX) is being organised in Dhaka, Bangladesh on 15-16 October 2016

in continuation of the preceding eight SAES events hosted by rotation by the co-organisers.

The overarching theme of the SAES IX is “Reimagining South Asia in 2030.” Within this broad theme,

the Summit will focus on a set of cross-cutting issues and a cluster of thematic issues.


Co-organisers of the event are Research and Information System for Developing Countries (RIS), India;

South Asia Watch on Trade, Economics and Environment (SAWTEE), Nepal; Sustainable Development

Policy Institute (SDPI), Pakistan and Institute of Policy Studies of Sri Lanka (IPS).


SAES-IX intends to take the discourse forward by (a) building on the earlier discussions held in preceding SAES events, (b) by taking into cognizance the new challenges facing South Asia in view of the regional and global dynamics; (c) by coming up with innovative ideas to address the emerging challenges in view of the SDGs and (d) by identifying concrete measures to implement the ideas.


Objective of SAES is to advance the cause of regional integration in South Asia through discussions and deliberations by stakeholders on key issues of interest and concern to countries and people of the region. The vision is a gradual evolution of SAES into a South Asian Davos. SAES events were conceived as opportunities to bring together key stakeholders to contribute to South Asian cooperation through exchange of evidence-based knowledge and innovative ideas.


Over the last 22 years Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD) has emerged as a globally reputed independent think-tank with local roots in Bangladesh and global reach. CPD is actively engaged in research and policy influencing initiatives, and serves as an open platform for active debate and discussion on a broad range of issues.


Ninth South Asia Economic Summit (SAES IX)
Dhaka: 15-16 October 2016
Venue: Le Méridien Dhaka

day 1 agenda

11:00 am

Plenary 1

11:00 am - 12:50 pm

Title : Is Political Leadership in South Asia Ready for Implementing the 2030 Agenda?

Venue: Sky Ballroom

12:50 pm

Book Launch

12:50 pm - 1:00 pm

1:00 pm

1:00 pm - 1:45 pm


3:00 pm

Inaugural Session

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Venue: Grand Ballroom

4:01 pm

4:01 pm - 4:30 pm


4:30 pm

Plenary 2

4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Title: Sustainable Transformation of South Asian Economy by 2030: What are the Possible Pathways?

Venue: Grand Ballroom

day 2 agenda

8:30 am

Plenary 3

8:30 am - 10:00 am

Title: SDG Implementation Challenges in South Asia and Role of Global Partnerships 

Venue: Grand Ballroom

10:00 am

10:00 am - 10:30 am


10:30 pm


10:30 pm - 12:00 pm

  • Parallel Session A1
    Title: Achieving Sustainable Energy for All in South Asia: Modalities of Cooperation
    Venue: Jaflong
  • Parallel Session A2
    Title: Promoting South Asian Identity: Role of Media
    Venue: Kuakata
  • Parallel Session A3
    Title: Financing Development in South Asia: Avenues and Institutional Arrangements
    Venue: Somapura
12:15 pm


12:15 pm - 1:45 pm

  • Parallel Session B1
    Title: Addressing Climate Change Impacts in South Asia: Cross-border Initiatives
    Venue: Somapura
  • Parallel Session B2
    Reducing Inequality in South Asia: Critical Issues and Policy Choices
    Venue: Kuakata

  • Parallel Session B3
    Fostering Connectivity and Economic Integration in South Asia: Role of Private Sector
    Venue: Jaflong
1:45 pm

1:45 pm - 2:30 pm


12:10 pm


12:10 pm - 12.30 pm

  •  Parallel Session C1
    Title: Promoting Sustainable Industrialisation: Opportunities for Job Creation and Income Generation

    Venue: Jaflong
  • Parallel Session C2
    Title: Building Accountable and Inclusive Institutions in South Asia
    Venue: Kuakata
  • Parallel Session C3
    Title: Deepening an Inclusive South Asian Integration through Gender-sensitive Trade Policies
    Venue: Somapura
4:00 pm

4:00 pm - 4:15 pm


4:15 am

Plenary 4

4:15 am - 5:15 pm

 Title: Towards an Inclusive, Just and Peaceful Society in South Asia: Who are the Change Agents?

Venue: Grand Ballroom



Mr Estiaque Bari

SAES-IX Secretariat at Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD)


Contact: (+88 02) 9141734, 9141703, 9126402

SAES-IX Secretariat at
Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD)
House # 6/2 (7th and 8th Floor)
Block – F, Kazi Nazrul Islam Road
Lalmatia Housing Estate,
Dhaka – 1207, Bangladesh

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