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By 2030, South Asia will be the most influential region in the world: SAES IX

October 23, 2016 |by SAES IX | 0 Comments | News |

The Ninth South Asia Economic Summit (SAES IX) organised and hosted by the Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD) took place on 15-16 October in Hotel Le Méridien in Dhaka. The overarching theme of SAES IX was “Reimagining South Asia in 2030”. Deliberations at SAES IX focused on envisioning a South Asia which by 2030 will be an upper middle income region with a high GDP growth rate, a strong middle class, zero hardcore poverty and hunger, sustainable cities, and structurally transformed economies with a strong manufacturing sector. A common thread throughout the discussions was that South Asia is the least economically integrated region in the world. However, Professor Rehman Sobhan, in an interview, expressed his aspirations for South Asia to transform into the most influential region by 2030.

saes-ix-003The two-day Summit was inaugurated by H E Mr Md Abdul Hamid, Hon’ble President of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh, who was present as the Chief Guest. The concluding session, the following day, brought the Summit to a close with Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury, Hon’ble Speaker of the National Parliament of Bangladesh, as the Chief Guest.
SAES IX saw an overwhelming number of attendees—more than 500 with over 60 from overseas—coming together to partake in discussions about the future of South Asia’s growth trajectory. In the two-day Summit there were nine Parallel and four Plenary sessions, which shed light on a host of issues, ranging from ‘SDG Implementation Challenges in South Asia and Role of Global Partnerships’ to the ‘Role of Media in Promoting South Asian Identity’. Participants included high level policymakers, academics, experts, business leaders, development practitioners, development partners and media personalities of SAARC countries and beyond. Mr Romi Gauchan Thakali, Hon’ble Commerce Minister of Nepal; Dr Sarath Amunugama,
Hon’ble Minister for Special Asssignments of Sri Lanka; Mr A H M Mustafa Kamal, FCA, MP, Hon’ble Planning Minister, Mr M A Mannan, MP, Hon’ble State Minister for Finance and Planning, Mr Md Shahriar Alam, MP, Hon’ble State Minister for Foreign Affairs and Dr Gowher Rizvi, International Affairs Adviser to the Hon’ble Prime Minister of Bangladesh; Mr Choida Jamtsho, Hon’ble Member of the National Assembly of Bhutan; Mr Rana Muhammad Afzal Khan, Hon’ble Member of the National Assembly of Pakistan; and Emeritus Professor Deepak Nayyar, Chair, South Asia Centre for Policy Studies (SACEPS), India, are some of the distinguished participants who graced the Summit.

saes-ix-001With a total of 15 sessions, 100 speakers and 98 floor interventions, SAES IX proved to be an important and useful platform for dialogue on strengthening regional cooperation in South Asia and charting a pathway towards a future that will be inclusive, equitable and sustainable. Dr Fahmida Khatun, Research Director at CPD and Convenor of SAES IX, presented a set of recommendations in the concluding session as to how South Asia can tackle the manifold challenges in its journey to realise vision 2030 as envisaged under the SDGs. Some of the challenges South Asia is facing today are in the areas of security and political leadership and their commitment towards increased economic integration within the region. The recommendations, to name a few, include development of a regional financial architecture and a regional supply chain, and formulation of trade and transport agreements. It was also highlighted that there is a need for a regional platform for private-public dialogue to address the existing lack of trust and more collective policies.

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The Summit was co-organised by the Institute of Policy Studies of Sri Lanka (IPS); Research and Information System for Developing Countries (RIS), India; South Asia Watch on Trade, Economics and Environment (SAWTEE), Nepal; and Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI), Pakistan.

For useful resources, video clips and more information on co-organisers, partner insitutions and distinguished speakers of SAES IX, please visit: http://saes9.cpd.org.bd/

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Ninth SAES Ends with Aspirations to Form Stronger South Asia

October 22, 2016 |by SAES IX | 0 Comments | News |

Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury, MP, Hon’ble Speaker of the National Parliament of Bangladesh put emphasis on forming stronger collaboration among the South Asian countries to overcome poverty, reduce inequality, establish good governance and, particularly, to meet the sustainable development goals. Dr Chaudhury, delivered these observations while speaking as the Chief Guest at the concluding session of the Ninth South Asia Economic Summit (SAES IX) organised by the Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD) on 16 October 2016 at Hotel Le Méridien Dhaka, Bangladesh.

The session was Chaired by CPD Founding Chairman Professor Rehman Sobhan. CPD Research Director and Convenor of SAES IX Preparatory Committee Dr Fahmida Khatun presented a summary of deliberations at the Summit. Dr Posh Raj Pandey, Chairman South Asia Watch on Trade, Economics and Environment (SAWTEE), Nepal delivered his statement as the Organiser-Designate of SAES X. Mr Md Shahriar Alam, MP, State Minister for Foreign Affairs, Government of Bangladesh also spoke as the Special Guest of the session. In the concluding remarks CPD Executive Director Professor Mustafizur Rahman expressed his gratitude to all guests, participants, co-organisers, partners, stakeholders, media and well-wishers for their contribution to the SEAS IX.

The two-day Summit, held during 15-16 October 2016, was co-organised by the Institute of Policy Studies of Sri Lanka (IPS); Research and Information System for Developing Countries (RIS), India; SAWTEE, Nepal; and Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI), Pakistan.

 

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SDG Implementation Challenges in South Asia and Role of Global Partnerships

October 21, 2016 |by SAES IX | 0 Comments | News |

 

Experts stressed on strengthening partnerships through regional and global platforms towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the third plenary session of the of the Ninth South Asia Economic Summit (SAES IX) which was organised by Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD) at Hotel Le Méridien Dhaka, Bangladesh on 16 October 2016. Experts, policymakers, researchers present at this session, titled SDG Implementation Challenges in South Asia and Role of Global Partnerships, also observed that widening the ownership of SDGs and encouraging issue-based politics are essential. Unless SDGs are owned by high level political leadership of South Asia and allowed federal level outreach, they will only remain targets.

saes-ix-plenary-3-01Mr M A Mannan, MP, State Minister for Finance and Planning, Government of Bangladesh was present at the session as Guest of Honour. Dr Nagesh Kumar, Head, UNESCAP South and South-West Asia Office, New Delhi, India presented the keynote on the subject. Dr Shamsul Alam, Member, General Economics Division, Planning Commission, Bangladesh; Dr Jagadish Chandra Pokharel, Chairperson, Nepal Institute of Urban and Regional Studies (NIURS); Mr Nick Beresford, Country Director (ai), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Bangladesh; Ms Leoni Margaretha Cuelenaere, Ambassador, Royal Netherlands Embassy in Bangladesh; Dr Mustafa K Mujeri, Executive Director, Institute for Inclusive Finance and Development (InM), Bangladesh; spoke as Panellists at the session. The session was moderated by Dr Vaqar Ahmed, Deputy Executive Director, Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI), Pakistan

Institute of Policy Studies of Sri Lanka (IPS); Research and Information System for Developing Countries (RIS), India; South Asia Watch on Trade, Economics and Environment (SAWTEE), Nepal; and SDPI were the Co-organisers of this two-day Summit, held during 15-16 October 2016.

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Youth are the Change Agents towards Inclusive, Just & Peaceful Society in South Asia

October 20, 2016 |by SAES IX | 0 Comments | News |

 

The South Asian region has been passing through a dangerous situation with threats from anarchy and terror. This situation has emerged from existing and incresingly widening injustice in the society. The policymakers of this region should act promptly to reduce the injustice and establishing rule of of law. The young generation of this region could be the change agents in this process.These observations came from the fourth and final plenary session titled Towards an Inclusive, Just and Peaceful Society in South Asia: Who are the Change Agents? of the Ninth South Asia Economic Summit (SAES IX) which was organised by Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD) at Hotel Le Méridien Dhaka, Bangladesh 16 October 2016.

CPD Founding Chairman Professor Rehman Sobhan presented the keynote on the subject. Dr Selim Jahan, Director, Human Development Report Office, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), New York; Dr S R Osmani, Professor, University of Ulster, UK and Visiting Professor, Department of Development Studies, BRAC University, Bangladesh, Dr Christian Wagner, Senior Fellow, Asia Region Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik, German Institute for International and Security Affairs spoke as Panellists at the session. The session was moderated by Dr Sachin Chaturvedi, Director-General, Research and Information System for Developing Countries (RIS), India.

The two-day Summit, held during 15-16 October 2016, was co-organised by the Institute of Policy Studies of Sri Lanka (IPS); RIS, India; South Asia Watch on Trade, Economics and Environment (SAWTEE), Nepal; and Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI), Pakistan.

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Focus on Job Creation for Sustainable Economic Growth in South Asia by 2030

October 19, 2016 |by SAES IX | 0 Comments | News |

 

South Asian economy has been experiencing job-less growth for past few decades. It is high time now for the policymakers of this region to concentrate on effective resource mobilisation for employment generation to make this economic growth sustainable. Experts and policymakers made such observations at the second plenary session on the first day of the event titled “Sustainable Transformation of South Asian Economy by 2030: What are the Possible Pathways?” of the Ninth South Asia Economic Summit (SAES IX) which was organised by Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD) at Hotel Le Méridien Dhaka, Bangladesh 15 October 2016.

Mr A H M Mustafa Kamal, FCA, MP, Minister for Planning, Government of Bangladesh was present as Guest of Honour. Emeritus Professor Deepak Nayyar, Chair, South Asia Centre for Policy Studies (SACEPS), India was the Keynote Speaker of the session.; Dr Najma Afzal Khan, Member of Parliament in Punjab Assembly, Pakistan; Dr Swarnim Wagle, Member, National Planning Commission, Nepal; Dr Dushni Weerakoon, Deputy Director, Institute of Policy Studies of Sri Lanka (IPS), Sri Lanka; Dr Sultan Hafeez Rahman, Executive Director, BRAC Institute of Governance and Development (BIGD), Bangladesh; and Ambassador Shamsher Mobin Chowdhury, BB, Former Foreign Secretary, Bangladesh spoke as Panellists at the session. The session was moderated by Dr Saman Kelegama, Executive Director, IPS.

The two-day Summit, held during 15-16 October 2016, was co-organised by the IPS; Research and Information System for Developing Countries (RIS), India; South Asia Watch on Trade, Economics and Environment (SAWTEE), Nepal; and Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI), Pakistan.

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Political Leadership in South Asia is Not Ready for Implementing the 2030 Agenda

October 18, 2016 |by SAES IX | 0 Comments | News |

 

Leaders of the South Asian countries need to rise above the political dilemmas and need to collaborate inclusive and integrated manner to implement the 2030 Agenda. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are ambitious and complex which require deepening cooperation among the nations of this region. These observations emerged from the “Plenary Session 1” titled Is Political Leadership in South Asia Ready for Implementing the 2030 Agenda? of the Ninth South Asia Economic Summit (SAES IX) which was organised by Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD) at Hotel Le Méridien Dhaka, Bangladesh on 15 October 2016.

Mr Saber Hossain Chowdhury, MP, Bangladesh and President, Inter-Parliamentary Union addressed the session as Guest of Honour. Dr Sarath Amunugama, Minister for Special Assignments, Government of Sri Lanka; Mr Shekhar Gupta, Editor-in-Chief, Mediascape Pvt. Ltd., India; Mr Choida Jamtsho, Member, National Assembly of Bhutan; Mr Nazir Kabiri, Adviser to the Finance Minister, Government of Afghanistan; Mr Rana Muhammad Afzal Khan, Member, National Assembly of Pakistan and Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of Finance, Government of Pakistan; Mr Romi Gauchan Thakali, Minister for Commerce, Government of Nepal; and Mr Amir Khosru Mahmud Chowdhury; Former Minister for Commerce, Bangladesh delivered their remarks as Panellists. The session was moderated by CPD Distinguished Fellow Dr Debapriya Bhattacharya.

The Summit, held on 15-16 October 2016, was co-organised by the Institute of Policy Studies of Sri Lanka (IPS); Research and Information System for Developing Countries (RIS), India; South Asia Watch on Trade, Economics and Environment (SAWTEE), Nepal; and Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI), Pakistan.

 

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CPD delegates informed the President about the upcoming SAES IX

September 22, 2016 |by sarwar | 0 Comments | News | ,

Published in The Independent on Thursday, 22 September 2016 

9th South Asia Economic Summit in Dhaka Oct 15-16

UNB: The 9th South Asia Economic Summit will be held in Dhaka on October 15-16 with the theme ‘Reimagining South Asia in 2030’, reports UNB.

Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD) will organise the event in order to formulate recommendations to attain the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

A four-member CPD delegation, led by its chairman Prof Rehman Sobhan, informed this to President Abdul Hamid when they made a courtesy call on him at Bangabhaban yesterday.

President’s press secretary Joynal Abedin briefed reporters after the meeting.

Representatives from the South Asian countries, international agencies and development partners will take part in the summit.  Policymakers, economists and business leaders from Bangladesh will also participate in the two-day summit.

The CPD team invited the President to attend the inaugural session of the meet as the chief guest.

Abdul Hamid welcomed the endeavour to organise the summit and hoped that the knowledge of the participants will play an important role in further development of Bangladesh and other South Asian countries and achieving the SDGs. The CPD delegation also apprised the President of its various activities.

Secretaries concerned to the President Office were present.

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