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High-Level Conference on Financial Crisis, Global Economic Governance and Development

7 February 2009

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6-7 February 2009, New Delhi, India
Organized by
Research and Information System for Developing Countries (RIS)
In collaboration with
ISEAS, ERIA, GDAE, CENIT, ADB, Commonwealth Secretariat, SPF, and Ford Foundation


Day 1: Friday, 6 February 2009


1. Inaugural Session
Welcome remarks by Dr Nagesh Kumar
Brief Observations by Ambassador K. Kesavapany, Director, Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, Singapore
Dr Junko Chano, Executive Director, Sasakawa Peace Foundation, Tokyo
Chairperson's Remarks: Dr Arjun Sengupta, M.P. and Chairman, RIS
Keynote Address: H.E. Mr. Haruhiko Kuroda, President, Asian Development Bank, Manila
Inaugural Address: Shri Pranab Mukherjee, Hon'ble External Affairs Minister and In-charge of Finance Ministry


2.  Global Economic Crisis and Asia: Challenges faced by the Real Economies in Select Asian Countries and their Responses
Chair: Dr Arjun Sengupta, M.P.  and Chairman, RIS

1. Dr Jomo Sundaram, Asst. Secretary General for Development, United Nations, New York

2. Dr Duncan Campbell, Director, ILO, Geneva

3. China: Dr. Long Guoqiang, Deputy Director General, Department of Foreign Economic Relations, DRC of the State Council, Beijing

4. Malaysia: Dr Mahani Zainal-Abidin, Director-General, Institute of Strategic and International Studies (ISIS), Kuala Lumpur

5. India: Professor K.P. Kannan, Member, NCEUS

Open Discussion


3. Responding to the Financial Crisis: Towards a More Development-Friendly and Democratic Global Financial Architecture 
Chair:   Dr C. Rangarajan, M.P. and former Governor, Reserve Bank of India

1. Dr Cyrus Rustomjee, Director, Economic Affairs Division, Commonwealth Secretariat, London

2. Dr Amar Bhattacharya, Director, G-24 Secretariat, Washington, D.C.

3. Dr Detlef Kotte, Head, Macroeconomic and Development Policy, UNCTAD

4. Dr Jayati Ghosh, Jawaharlal Nehru University

5. Mr M.K. Venu, Senior Editor, The Economic Times

Open Discussion


4.  Crisis and the Broader Regional Cooperation in Asia: Architecture for Regional Keynesianism and Narrowing Development Gaps

1. Dr Jusuf Wanandi, Vice-Chairman, CSIS, Jakarta

2. Ambassador K. Kesavapany, Director, ISEAS, Singapore

3. Dr H. Nishimura, Executive Director, ERIA

4.Dr Ram Agarwala, Senior Adviser, RIS

5. Dr Suthipand Chirathivat, formerly Dean, Faculty of Economics, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok

Open Discussion

Dinner hosted by Chairman, RIS Special Address: H.E. Mr Kamlesh Sharma, Commonwealth Secretary-General


Day 2: Saturday, 7 February 2009


5.  Deepening South Asian Economic Integration in an Era of Crisis: Role of SAARC and BIMSTEC
Chair:  Professor Muchkund Dubey, Chairman, Research Advisory Council, RIS and President, CSD
Keynote Address: H.E. Dr Sheelkant Sharma, SAARC Secretary-General, Kathmandu

1. Ambassador Farook Sobhan, Chairman, Bangladesh Enterprise Institute, Dhaka

2. Dr Saman Kelegama, Institute for Policy Studies, Colombo

3. Dr Akmal Hussain, Senior Fellow, PIDE

4. Dr Sridhar Khatri, Executive Director, SACEPS, Kathmandu

5. Dr Biplove Chaudhary, Officer-in-charge, APTII, UNDP-RCC Colombo

Open Discussion


6.  Sharing Each Other's Dynamism and Development Experiences: Role of South-South Cooperation

1. Dr Ludovico Alcorta, Managing Director, UNIDO, Vienna

2. Dr Samuel Wangwe, formerly Executive Director, Economic and Social Research Foundation, Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania

3. Dr Enrique Saravia, Getulio Vargas Foundation, EBAPE-FGV, Brazil

4.Dr Newai Gebre-ab, Economic Adviser to the PM and Director, Ethiopian Development Research Institute, Addis Ababa

5. Ambassador Hussein El-Kamel, Senior Advisor, The Egyptian Cabinet Information and Decision Support Centre (IDSC), Cairo

Open Discussion

7. Financial Crisis and Trade, Industrial and IPR Policies for Development: Beyond Washington Consensus? 
Chair: Mr G.K. Pillai, Commerce Secretary, India

1. Mr Kamal Malhotra, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative, Kuala Lumpur

2.Dr Tim Wise, Director, Research and Public Policy, GDAE, Tufts University

3. Dr Ricardo Mel?ndez-Ortiz, CEO, ICTSD, Geneva

4. Dr Andres Lopez, Director, CENIT, Argentina

Open Discussion


Valedictory Session
Chair: Ambassador Leela Ponappa, Dy. NSA and Vice-Chairperson, RIS
Presentation of the Report:  Dr Ram Upendra Das, Senior Fellow, RIS
Brief Comments/ Remarks:
Dr H. Nishimura, Executive Director, ERIA
Dr Cyrus Rustomjee, Director, Economic Affairs Division, Commonwealth Secretariat
Dr Tim Wise, Director, Research and Public Policy, GDAE, Tufts University
Valedictory Address: Ambassador H. S. Puri, Secretary (ER), MEA
Vote of Thanks: Dr Nagesh Kumar, Director-General, RIS

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