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.

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.

Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD) is hosting the SAES IX jointly with Institute of Policy Studies of Sri Lanka (IPS), Colombo; Research and Information System for Developing Countries (RIS), New Delhi; South Asia Watch on Trade, Economics and Environment (SAWTEE), Kathmandu; and Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI), Islamabad.

The SAES IX in Dhaka will be participated by about 100 participants including ministers, high-level policymakers, leading experts and academics, trade and industry leaders, representatives of civil society and grassroots groups, and development partners from the region and beyond.