Book Launch: “Promoting Economic Cooperation in South Asia”
The book: “Promoting Economic Cooperation in South Asia – Beyond SAFTA” edited by Sadiq Ahmed, Saman Kelegama, and Ejaz Ghani, and published by Sage, India, was launched by the Foreign Secretary, Romesh Jayasinghe at the Galadari Hotel, Colombo on 1st March 2010 in the presence of a distinguished gathering. Two IPS Researchers, Dushni Weerakoon and Deshal de Mel contributed chapters to the book which contains 17 chapters.
Naoko Ishii, Country Director of the World Bank and Biplove Choudhary, Trade Specialist, Asia Pacific Trade and Investment Initiative, UNDP Regional Centre Colombo, spoke on behalf of the World Bank and the UNDP, respectively. Joint editors, Saman Kelegama and Ejaz Ghani spoke on the contents of the book and argued the case for deeper economic integration in the South Asian region. The proceedings were followed by cocktails and fellowship.