About Asia Economic Dialogue (AED) 2023
Another annual Asia Economic Dialogue (AED 2023) organised by the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India, and policy research think tank Pune International Centre (PIC) concluded in the city of Pune in Maharashtra state, India, on February 25, 2023.
A major annual international event, the three-day conference (Feb. 23 to 25) witnessed high-level participation as foreign ministers, policy makers, industry leaders, domain experts, academia and global trade and financial experts from India, Brazil, USA, UK, South Africa, Bhutan, Maldives, Switzerland, Mexico and Singapore engaged in discussions and debates on issues of national and international importance.
This year’s theme, ‘Asia and the Emerging World Order’, comes in the backdrop of the post- pandemic geopolitical developments in Asia and Europe.
The sessions at AED 2023 deliberated on topics such as Global Growth Prospects: Looking Forward; India’s Vision for its G20 Presidency; How the Global South will Shape the G20 Agenda; Making Semiconductor Supply Chains Resilient; Climate Change: A Real Threat; Meeting Climate Targets: The Road Ahead; FTAs: The Way Forward?; Metaverse: Understanding the Future; Pioneering Socially Responsible Business in the Emerging World Order; and Revolutionising the Economy: Integrating Payment Systems and Digitising Currencies.
Themes for the previous annual conferences were Resilient Global Growth in a Post-Pandemic World (2022), Post-Covid Global Trade and Finance Dynamics (2021) and Asia and the Emerging International Trading System (2020).
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Amb. Gautam BambawaleAmb. Gautam Bambawale, Convener AED 2023, former High Commissioner to Pakistan, and former Ambassador to China and Bhutan
Introduction; and Chair at Inaugural Session
Amb. Bambawale began his career as Desk Officer for China in the Ministry of External Affairs, later serving as Director in the Americas Division. He then moved to Berlin, Germany, to become Director of the Indian Cultural Centre. After that, he returned to Beijing, China, to serve as Deputy Chief of Mission at the Indian Embassy. He then joined the Prime Minister’s Office as Deputy Chief for the Division of National Security Affairs, Defence and International Policy. Amb. Bambawale was then appointed Minister (Political) and Head of the Political Wing at the Embassy of India in Washington DC., where he played a role in transforming India-U.S. relations. He also served as the first Consul General of India in Guangzhou, China, and later as Joint Secretary (East Asia) in the Ministry of External Affairs, responsible for relations with Japan, China and South Korea, among other countries. Amb. Bambawale has also been Ambassador of India to Bhutan and High Commissioner of India to Pakistan.
Dr. Raghunath A MashelkarPresident, Pune International Centre
Opening Remarks and Closing Remarks
Dr. Raghunath A Mashelkar is a renowned scientist and leader in India, and the President of Pune International Centre. He has served as the Director General of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) for 11 years and was also the President of Indian National Science Academy and President of the Institution of Chemical Engineers (UK). Dr Mashelkar is on the Board of Directors of several companies, and has been awarded the JRD Tata Corporate Leadership Award, Padma Shri (1991), Padma Bhushan (2000) and Padma Vibhushan (2014). He has also been honoured with honorary doctorates from 30 universities, including the Universities of London, Salford, Pretoria, Wisconsin and Delhi. Dr Mashelkar has played a critical role in shaping India’s Science and Technology (S&T) policies, and is a member of the Scientific Advisory Council to the Prime Minister and the Scientific Advisory Committee to the Cabinet.
Hon. Dr. S JaishankarExternal Affairs Minister, Government of India
Speaker at Inaugural Session
Dr. S Jaishankar began education from The Air Force School and graduated in Chemistry from St. Stephen’s College at the University of Delhi. After that, he pursued M.A. in Political Science and M.Phil. and PhD in International Relations from Jawaharlal Nehru University. A former diplomat who served as Foreign Secretary, Subrahmanyam Jaishankar was inducted into PM Modi’s cabinet as a Union Minister of External affairs in 2019. Prior to diving into the Indian political sphere, he served as Indian Ambassador to the United States, China and the Czech Republic. In addition to this eminent portfolio, he also served as High Commissioner to Singapore (2007–09). He played a vital role in negotiating the Indo-US civilian nuclear agreement and played a pivotal role in reinforcing economic, trade and cultural relations between India and China. Jaishankar speaks Russian, English, Tamil, Hindi, conversational Japanese, and some Hungarian. He was awarded the Padma Shri in 2019.
SCHEDULE (Indian Standard Time)
- 16:30 - 16:45 Hours Introduction and Opening Remarks i
- 16:45 - 18:00 Hours Inaugural Session i
- 18:10 - 19:00 Hours Technology and Talent for Global Success (Fireside Chat) i
- 10:00 - 11:30 Hours Global Growth Prospects: Looking Forward i
- 11:45 - 12:15 Hours India’s Vision for Its G20 Presidency i
- 12:15 - 13:15 Hours How the Global South will Shape the G20 Agenda i
- 14:15 - 15:30 Hours Making Semiconductor Supply Chains Resilient i
- 15:45 - 16:15 Hours Climate Change: A Real Threat i
- 16:15 - 17:15 Hours Meeting Climate Targets: The Road Ahead i
- 17:15 - 18:30 Hours FTAs: The Way Forward? i
- 09:00 - 10:00 Hours Metaverse: Understanding the Future (Virtual Session) i
- 10:00 - 11:15 Hours Pioneering Socially Responsible Business in the Emerging World Order i
- 11:30 - 12:45 Hours Revolutionising the Economy: Integrating Payment Systems and Digitising Currencies i
- 12:45 - 13:25 Hours Valedictory Session i
- 13:25 - 13:30 Hours Closing Remarks i
Pune is a city in Maharashtra state of western India. Called ‘Queen of the Deccan’, Pune is the cultural capital of Maharashtra. The city gained importance in the 17 th century during the Maratha dynasty, when it served as the official capital. It was home to the Peshwas, who were the prime ministers of the Maratha Empire. After 1817, it was the seasonal capital of the British Bombay Presidency. Today, Pune is the headquarters of the Southern Command of the Indian army, with the National Defence Academy located nearby.
Referred to as the ‘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 Sahyadri 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 15km from the city centre and is well connected with all the states of India and several international destinations.
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