With over one-fifth of the world’s population, a critical geo-strategic location, two nuclear weapon states, major human development challenges as well as striking economic momentum, and facing critical natural resource challenges, South Asia has been – and is likely to remain – a focus of great international attention with deep impacts on the rest of the world.
However, despite sizable literature that looks at the relations between specific countries in the region, there is little discussion of what the region means as a region - today and into the emerging future.
Visions of a Region’s Future: South Asia 2060, is a panel discussion which aims to discuss and articulate the issues and challenges facing South Asia’s future through a dialogue with eminent leaders in the business and academic community. Co-organised by the Singapore Institute of International Affairs, The Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future, with support from the Institute of South Asian Studies, it features perspectives from three thought-leaders on South Asia: Dr. Frank KOROM, Professor of Religion and Anthropology in Boston University, Mr. Manu BHASKARAN, Partner and Member of the Board of the Centennial Group, and Dr. Amitendu PALIT, Visiting Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of South Asian Studies, Singapore.
5:30-6:00 Registration & Arrival of guests
6:00-6:05 Welcome Address
Simon TAY, Chairman, Singapore Institute of International Affairs
6:05-6:15 Opening Remarks
Dr. T.C.A Raghavan, High Commissioner, High Commission of India, Singapore
6:15-6:30 Keynote Address
Ambassador Gopinath PILLAI, Ambassador-at-Large, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Singapore, Chairman, Institute of South Asian Studies, Singapore and Chairman, Gateway Distriparks Ltd
6.30-6.45 Q&A with Ambassador Gopinath PILLAI
Moderated by Simon TAY, Chairman, Singapore Institute of International Affairs
6:45-7:15 Panel Discussion
South Asia: Thinking Regional Futures
Adil NAJAM, Director, Frederick S. Pardee Center, Boston University
The impact of China's rise on South Asia
Manu BHASKARAN, Partner and Member of the Board, Centennial Group
South Asia in the Asian Economy
Amitendu PALIT, Visiting Senior Research Fellow, Institute of South Asian Studies, Singapore
Moderator: Adil NAJAM, Director, Frederick S. Pardee Center, Boston University
7:30-7:40 Closing remarks by Adil NAJAM, Director, Frederick S. Pardee Center, Boston University
7:40-end Light reception