Asia Economic Dialogue 2020

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26th February - 28th February

About Asia Economic Dialogue

Asia Economic Dialogue(AED) is the flagship geoeconomics conference of the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), India, hosted by Pune International Centre think tank.

This is the sixth AED and the theme for this year’s conference is “Resilient Global Growth in a Post-Pandemic World”. Under this theme, the discussions will focus on the Covid-19 pandemic’s impact on trade and finance, on the world and on Asia in particular, as well as strategies to deal with this impact. The conference is being held online this year on account of the pandemic and related safety protocol.

Ambassador Gautam Bambawale, the former Indian Ambassador to China, Pakistan, and Bhutan and Trustee, PIC, is the Convener of AED 2022. In the words of the eminent scientist, Dr Raghunath Mashelkar, President, PIC, “Everyone believes that the 21 st century is going to become Asia’s century and therefore, the Asia Economic Dialogue becomes important. In fact, some have started calling this dialogue as ‘the Davos of the East’.

Prominent policy makers, central bankers, economists, industrialists, strategists and experts from various fields will be among the 50-plus speakers at this conference.

The AED 2022 will be held virtually over three days, from Wednesday, 23rd February 2022 to Friday, 25th February 2022. Welcome to this conference!

23rd February - 25th February 2022 Virtual (Pune)

The Speakers

H.E. Lyonpo Namgay TsheringFinance Minister Bhutan

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Dr. Raghunath Mashelkar, FRSPresident Pune International Centre

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H.E. Dr. Keheliya RambukwellaMinister for Health Sri Lanka

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Day 1 23 February, 2022
  • 12:00 PM - 01:15 PM Inaugural Session i
  • 03:45 PM - 05:00 PM Economic Policy For Sustained Post - Pandemic Growth i
  • 05:30 PM - 06:45 PM Can Asian Industry Lead In The Post - Pandemic World? i
Day 2 24 February, 2022
  • 03:00 PM - 04:15 PM The Emerging Digital World i
  • 05:00 PM - 06:15 PM Livelihood Creation And Enhancing Incomes In The Post-Pandemic World i
  • 06:30 PM - 07:00 PM New Directions For World Trade i
  • 07:00 PM - 08:15 PM The WTO- Challenges And Opportunities i
Day 3 25 February, 2022
  • 10:30 AM - 11:45 AM Start-Ups In A Post-Pandemic World i
  • 12:00 PM - 01:15 PM India's Contribution In Reducing Global Vaccine Inequity i
  • 04:30 PM - 05:45 PM Transforming Workspace And Economic Growth (SDG-8) i
  • 06:00 PM - 06:40 PM India's Approach To Economic Recovery In The Post - Pandemic World 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.

Reporting Inappropriate Conduct

Please notify the organizers immediately if you are subjected to harassment or any other inappropriate behavior. If you witness or have a grievance and prefer to remain anonymous, please fill out and submit a handwritten/typed complaint and submit it to a member of the organizing team. In case of emergency, please first contact Pune Police immediately by dialing 100 (Emergency Toll-Free number) and proceed to notify conference organizers of the emergency.

Attendance and Dress Code

We restrict access to the Asia Economic Dialogue to participants with valid invitation cards. All participants must attend the conference in formal attire (business formal / traditional clothing).

Conference Participation

Please be respectful, mindful and understanding to the fellow participants. We aim to make the environment open and inclusive. Profanities or slurs are strictly prohibited.

Drugs and Alcohol

We abide by and enforce all local, state, and central laws and regulations surrounding possession and/or use of illegal substances. In addition, please limit tobacco use to permitted areas and consume alcohol in moderation.

Anti-harassment Policy

We do not tolerate any form of harassment at the Asia Economic Dialogue. Our zero-tolerance policy prohibits all forms of harassment including, but not limited to: Offensive or derogatory comments related to gender, sexual orientation, nationality, ethnicity, religion, or disability; Offensive or derogatory comments towards other participants, opinions, or personal expressions; Sexual comments or unwanted physical contact; The display of inappropriate images or memorabilia; Violence, intimidation, threats; or stalking; Inappropriate or unwanted social contact with other participants; and Excessive or unwanted photography or videography of conference participants and organizers

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