Asia Economic Dialogue 2020

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26th February - 28th February

About Asia Economic Dialogue

The Asia Economic Dialogue (AED) is the flagship geo-economics conference of the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), India. The AED 2021 is jointly convened by the MEA and Pune International Centre (PIC). This is the fifth edition of the AED, and the second one organized by PIC. The theme for this year’s conference is “Post Covid Global Trade and Finance Dynamics”. Under this theme, the discussions will focus on the pandemic’s impact on trade and finance, on the world and on Asia in particular, as well as strategies to deal with this impact.

In the words of Ambassador Gautam Bambawale, former Ambassador of India to China, Pakistan, and Bhutan, and convener of AED 2021, “The Asia Economic Dialogue is a geo-economics conference supported by India’s Ministry of External Affairs. This edition will discuss how the world recovers from the economic aftershocks of the Covid-19 pandemic including how global supply chains may be re-aligned.”

The AED 2021 will be held over three days, from Friday, 26 th February 2021 to Sunday, 28 th February 2021. AED 2021 is being held virtually due to continuing uncertainty on account of Covid-19 and attendant issues such as difficulty in travel, and need for social distancing. This conference is a major international event, featuring high level participation from foreign ministers from various countries, senior bureaucrats, industry leaders, and global trade and financial experts.

26th February - 28th February 2021 Virtual (Pune)

The Speakers

Hon. Dr. S. JaishankarMinister Of External Affairs Government Of India

Earlier Dr S Jaishankar was President – Global Corporate Affairs at Tata Sons Private Limited from May 2018. He was Foreign Secretary from 2015-18, Ambassador to United States from 2013-15, Ambassador to China from 2009-2013, High Commissioner to Singapore from 2007-2009 and Ambassador to the Czech Republic from 2000-2004. He has also served in other diplomatic assignments in Embassies in Moscow, Colombo, Budapest and Tokyo, as well in the Ministry of External Affairs and the President’s Secretariat. Dr S. Jaishankar is a graduate of St. Stephen’s College at the University of Delhi. He has an MA in Political Science and an M. Phil and Ph.D in International Relations from Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi. He is a recipient of the Padma Shri award in 2019.

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Hon. Ms. Marise PayneMinister For Foreign Affairs Government Of Australia

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Hon. Mr. Motegi ToshimitsuMinister For Foreign Affairs Government Of Japan

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Day 1 26 February, 2021
  • 10.45 – 11.45 IST INAUGURAL SESSION i
  • 19.30 – 20.45 IST Global Finance in a Post Covid-19 World i
Day 2 27 February, 2021
  • 11.00 – 12.15 IST Building Reliable Global Supply Chains i
  • 16.30 – 17.55 IST Whither WTO Post Covid-19 Pandemic? i
  • 19.30 - 20.15 IST FIRESIDE CHAT i
Day 3 28 February, 2021
  • 11.00 – 12.15 IST Perspectives on India’s International Development Cooperation i
  • 16.30 – 17.30 IST India as a Global Partner i
  • 19.30 – 20.30 IST Asia’s Role in Global Currency Realignment and Financial Flows i

About Pune

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Pune is a city in the Maharashtra state of western India. Called “Queen of the Deccan,” Pune is the cultural capital of the state of Maharashtra. The city gained importance in 17th century during Maratha dynasty when it served as the official capital. It was home to the Peshwas who were the prime ministers of Maratha Empire. After 1817 it was the seasonal capital of the British Bombay Presidency. Today Pune is headquarters of southern command of the Indian army, with the National Defence Academy located nearby.

Referred to as “Oxford and Cambridge of India” the city is also a major educational and cultural centre with more than 30 constituent and affiliated colleges housing thousands of national and international students. Pune is one of the leading IT services centre, with the biggest IT park of India located at Hinjewadi.

Pune is surrounded by the spectacular Sahayadri range which has many important forts of historical significance such as Raigad, Pratapgad and Torna.

The city is well linked to other parts of the country. The Pune Airport is approximately 15 km away from the city centre and is well connected with all the states of India and several international destinations.


Code of Conduct

Asia Economic Dialogue Charter of Participation

The Asia Economic Dialogue is an inclusive and diverse forum with participants from across a range of backgrounds. We place a high premium on ensuring open and safe environment throughout the conference for every attendee, regardless of nationality, ethnicity, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation or disability. We request all the stakeholders associated with Asia Economic Dialogue including speakers, delegates, organizers and hotel staff to follow the Charter of Participation and understand the repercussions of any violation.

Violations of the Charter of Participation

We expect all the stakeholders to respect our anti-harassment policy and abide by our expected conduct guidelines during the conference. This also includes conference related social media engagement and social events. You are expected to comply immediately if asked by conference organizers to cease prohibited behavior. In case of persistence of inappropriate behavior, the organizers may take action they deem appropriate and/ or report to appropriate authorities.

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Anti-harassment Policy

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