External Affairs minister Dr. S Jaishankar will be a part of the inaugural team along with ministers of other countries at the Asia Economic Dialogue (AED) 2022, being organized jointly by Pune International Centre policy research think tank and Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) Government of India on February 23

The three-day conference conducted virtually whose theme is Resilient Global Growth in a Post-Pandemic World 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.

Another highlight of the conference will be Mr. Mukesh Ambani, CMD, Reliance Industries Ltd who will engage in a Fireside Chat with Dr. R. A. Mashelkar, National Research Professor and President, Pune International Centre on the topic, “Green Energy for a Sustainable Future’

This conference is a major international event, featuring high-level participation from foreign ministers from various countries, senior bureaucrats, industry leaders, domain experts, and global trade and financial experts.

Some of the prominent speakers at this conference include Mr. Ajith Nivard Cabraal, Governor. Central Bank of Sri Lanka, Mr. Benjamin E. Diokno, Governor, Central Bank of Philippines; Dr. Baba Kalyani, MD, Bharat Forge; Dr. Joerg Wuttke, President, European Chamber of Commerce in China and Ms. Nihad Kabir, President, Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Dhaka.

With the livelihoods of millions of people having taken a very big hit in the pandemic, the session on *Livelihood Creation and Enhancing Incomes in the Post-Pandemic World’ chaired by the well-known economist Dr. Ajit Ranade will be an important one. Recently appointed as Vice-Chancellor of the Gokhale Institute of Politics and Economics, Economics, Kings College, London; Prof. Jonathan Morduch, Professor of Public Policy and Economics at New York University and Dr. Binayak Sen, Director General, Bangladesh Institute of Developmental Studies.

The session with the Central Bankers of 3 countries will include Dr. Michael Patra, Deputy Governor of Reserve Bank of India. Titled, Economic Policy for Sustained Post-Pandemic Growth, it will be chaired by Dr. Rakesh Mohan, President & Distinguished Fellow, Centre for Social and Economic Progress. Dr. Mohan is the former Deputy Governor of the RBI.

The session on Asian Industry in the Post-Pandemic World will be chaired by Dr. Ganesh Natarajan. This panel will include Dr. Baba Kalyani, MD, Bharat Forge, Dr. Joerg Wuttke, President, European Chamber of Commerce in China, Ms. Nihad Kabir, President, Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Dhaka, and a senior Corporate leader from South Korea. This pandemic of more than two years has led to a massive expansion of the digital world.

The session on The Emerging Digital World will take a closer look at this. It will be chaired by Mr. Ravi Pandit,

Chairman KPIT and the panelists include Mr. Nithin Kamath, Co-founder, and CEO, Zerodha, Mr. Vijay M. Karnani, former India Head, Goldman Sachs, and Mr. Sameer Nair, CEO, Applause Entertainment.

The repeated lockdowns, travel bans, and disruptions across the world had their impact on world trade.

How is this being viewed by the World Trade Organisation? The session on New Directions for World Trade will be chaired by Dr. Harsha Vardhana Singh, former Deputy Director-General of the WTO.

The Director-General of WTO, Madam Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, has been invited for a Fireside Chat with Dr. Harsha.

The Permanent Representatives to the WTO from India, South Africa, and Australia will be among the panelists at this session.
Startups and Unicorns have been grabbing the headlines and this conference will be featuring a session on Start-Ups in the Post-Pandemic World, chaired by Mr. Amit Paranjpe

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman will deliver the valedictory address

By S A H RizviChief of Bureau
New Delhi

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