The 9th South Asian Economic Summit –

October 15 – 16, 2016
Dhaka, Bangladesh

The 9th South Asian Economic Summit (SAES9) was held in Bangladesh under the theme – “Reimagining South Asia in 2030”,  with the objective of advancing the cause of regional integration in South Asia through discussion and reflections by stakeholders on key issues of interest and concern to countries and people of the region.

Hosted by the Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD), the two-day summit was jointly organized by the Research and Information System for Developing Countries (RIS) of India, Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) of Pakistan and South Asia Watch on Trade, Economics and Environment (SAWTEE) of Nepal and the IPS of Sri Lanka.

Within the overarching broad theme, SAES9 focused on a set of crosscutting issues and a cluster of thematic issues that would deliberate on envisioning South Asia in 2030. A delegation of IPS Researchers also participated in the discussions.

IPS Executive Director Dr. Saman Kelegama moderated the plenary session on‘Sustainable Transformation of South Asian Economy by 2030: What are the Possible Pathways?’, while Deputy Director Dr. Dushni Weerakoon was a panellist at the session. Dr. Ganga Tilakaratna was a panellist at the session on ‘Reducing Inequality in South Asia: Critical Issues and Policy Choices.’  Dr. Janaka Wijayasiri and Suwendrani Jayaratne were panellists at the session on ‘Deepening an Inclusive South Asian Integration through Gender-sensitive Trade Policies’. Kithmina Hewage was a panellist at the session on ‘Promoting Sustainable Industrialisation: Opportunity for Job Creation and Income Generation’.

Media Highlights

Daily Star, 16th October 2016

Dhaka Tribune, 17th October 2016

Daily Star, 17th October 2016