European Institute for Asian Studies
Intra-Regional Connectivity in South Asia: New Economic Potentials
  • Start04:00 PM - Oct 06 2016
  • End06:00 PM - Oct 06 2016
  • Asia Platform, Rue de la Loi 26, 10th floor, 1000 Brussels
  • +32 2 230 81 22
  • alberto.turkstra@eias.org

Programme

15:30-16:00 Registration
16:00-16:10 Introduction by the Chair
Dr Alexander Spachis, Member of the Advisory Board, European Institute for Asian Studies (EIAS)
16:10-16:25 Keynote Address
H.E. Mr. Arjun B. Thapa, Secretary-General, South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC)
16:25-17:30 Interactive Discussion with SAARC Ambassadors and a representative from the European External Action Service
H.E. Mr Manjeev Singh Puri, Ambassador of India
H.E. Ms Naghmana Hashmi, Ambassador of Pakistan
H.E. Mr Rodney Perera, Ambassador of Sri Lanka
H.E. Mr Ahmed Shiaan, Ambassador of the Maldives
H.E. Mr Mohammed S. Hossain, Ambassador of Bangladesh
H.E. Mr Ghanshyam Bhandari, Charge d’Affaires, Mission of Nepal to the EU
Ms Veronica Cody, Head of Division, Regional Affairs, India, Bangladesh, Nepal and Bhutan, European External Action Service (EEAS)
17:30-18:00 Q&A
18:00 Networking reception

Intra-Regional Connectivity in South Asia: New Economic Potentials

The momentum for greater economic connectivity in South Asia has been building in recent years, following a growing recognition of the benefits of intra-regional economic integration. One of the focal points of the 18th SAARC Summit which took place in Kathmandu in 2014 was indeed enhancing connectivity between Member States to ensure the smooth cross-border flow of goods, services, capital, technology and people.

As one of the most dynamic and fastest growing regions in the world, with great untapped potential to increase intra-regional trade and investment volumes, greater economic connectivity, infrastructure and trade facilitation mechanisms are vital to realize this potential and reap the benefits of its strategic location at the crossroads of Central, East and West Asia; and to integrate with global networks and value chains.

For this to be realized, new linkages will need to be created, new trade and transport corridors, the streamlining and harmonization of customs and trading procedures, and connecting entrepreneurs and SMEs throughout the region.

EIAS is honoured to welcome the Secretary General of SAARC, H.E. Mr. Arjun B. Thapa, together with Ambassadors from the SAARC Countries in Brussels and representatives from EU institutions for an interactive high-level dialogue on the prospects for enhanced intra-regional connectivity in South Asia.


EIAS is honoured to welcome the Secretary General of SAARC, H.E. Mr. Arjun B. Thapa, together with Ambassadors from the SAARC Countries in Brussels and representatives from EU institutions for an interactive high-level dialogue on the prospects for enhanced intra-regional connectivity in South Asia.



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