Biggest South Asian Meet

A forum for business leaders, politicians, policy makers, academics and individuals to exchange ideas 

8/1/2016 3:39:50 PM
written By : Staff Reporter Print

The event – the third SADC - organised by the National University of Singapore’s (NUS) Institute of South Asian Studies (ISAS), brought together South Asian business leaders, politicians, policy makers and academics and individuals with a keen in interest in the region, to exchange ideas and build collaborative networks. Ranil Wickremesinghe, Sri Lanka’s Prime Minister, was Guest-of-Honour, with Special Guest Tharman Shanmugaratnam, Singapore’s Deputy Prime Minister and Coordinating Minister for Economic and Social Policies, in attendance.

The speakers discussed and debated critical topics in business, economy and policy that would affect the region’s future and its role in global geopolitics in the 21st century.

What are the key engines of growth in South Asia at a time of global economic slowdown? To what extent is South Asia’s growth sustainable and what opportunities are there for both global corporates and small and medium enterprises to benefit from this growth?

A key highlight of the two-day event that included a Gala Dinner on 18 July, was a dialogue between Guest-of-Honour Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and Shyam Saran India’s former Foreign Secretary. PM Lee gave his views on the challenges and opportunities of globalisation. Asked if there was room for optimism amid the recent spate of worrying events happening around the world, Lee acknowledged that while these are troubled times, globalisation has delivered considerable benefits to South Asia, China and the world. “The way forward is more globalisation, but also more distribution of the benefits of globalisation to those who have not enjoyed it or those who may be at risk of its side effects,” he stressed.

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