The Asia Economic Dialogue (AED) is the flagship geoeconomics 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 organised by PIC. The theme for this year’s conference is “Post Covid-19 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 convenor of AED 2021, “The Asia Economic Dialogue is a geoeconomics 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.

Why Join Us

The AED 2021 is an international geoeconomics conference, focusing on trade and finance dynamics in Asia and its extended neighbourhood. This conference provides the opportunity for participants to tune in to sessions where dignitaries, senior government officials, and industry leaders will discuss the impact of the pandemic on trade, finance, and business dynamics in Asia and on the world at large. They will also have the opportunity to engage with speakers and panellists at the highest levels of governmental and international multi- lateral organisations on varied topics ranging from global finance in a post Covid-19 world to shifts in global supply chains, and the post-pandemic future of the WTO to Asia’s role in global currency realignment and financial flows.

Who Should Attend

The AED 2021 is open for industry representatives, financial and trade experts, policy analysts, students, and all international trade, global finance, and policy enthusiasts.


Hon. Dr. S. Jaishankar

Minister of External Affairs
Government of India

Hon. Ms. Marise Payne

Minister for Foreign Affairs
Government of Australia

Hon. Mr. Motegi Toshimitsu

Minister for Foreign Affairs
Government of Japan

Hon. Dr. Tandi Dorji

Minister of Foreign Affairs

Hon. Abdulla Shahid

Minister of Foreign Affairs

Lord Meghnad Desai

House of Lords, United Kingdom

H.E. George Mina

Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Australia

H.E. Xolelwa Mlumbi-Peter

Ambassador and Permanent Representative of South Africa
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Agenda details

26 February, 2021

Inaugural Session - Resilient Global Growth in a Post-Pandemic World

10:40 AM - 12:00 PM
By Ambassador Gautam Bambawale, Hon. Dr. S. Jaishankar, Hon. Ms. Marise Payne, Hon. Mr. Motegi Toshimitsu, Dr. Naushad Forbes

Global Finance in a Post Covid-19 World

07:25 PM - 09:00 PM
By Sir Danny Alexander, Ms. Manuela Ferro, Mr. Shixin Chen, Mr. K. V. Kamath, Ms. Dnyanada Palkar

27 February, 2021

Building Reliable Global Supply Chains

10:55 AM - 12:30 PM
By Mr. Mamoru Yokoo, Dr. Nguyen Thanh Hung, Dr. Inbom Choi, Dr. Ganesh Natarajan,,, Mr. Rajiv Bajaj, Ms. Dnyanada Palkar

Whither WTO Post Covid-19 Pandemic?

04:25 PM - 06:10 PM
By H.E. João Aguiar Machado, H.E. George Mina, H.E. Xolelwa Mlumbi-Peter, H.E. Cheryl Spencer, H.E. Brajendra Navnit, Dr. Abhijit Das, Mr. J. S. Deepak,, Ms. Dnyanada Palkar

Fireside Chat with Guest of Honor Mr. Kumar Mangalam Birla, Chairman, Aditya Birla Group

07:30 PM - 08:13 PM
By Ambassador Gautam Bambawale, Mr. Kumar Mangalam Birla, Ms. Dnyanada Palkar

28 February, 2021

Perspectives on India’s International Development Cooperation

10:55 AM - 12:30 PM
By Hon. Alan Ganoo, Hon. Dr. Tandi Dorji, Hon. Abdulla Shahid, Mr. Rahul Chhabra, Mr. Vijay Gokhale, Ms. Dnyanada Palkar

India as a Global Partner

04:25 PM - 05:45 PM
By Harsh Vardhan Shringla, Dr. Anup Wadhawan, Mr. Pramit Pal Chaudhuri, Mr. Mandar Joshi

Asia’s Role in Global Currency Realignment and Financial Flows

07:25 PM - 09:00 PM
By Dr. Mahmoud Mohieldin, Lord Meghnad Desai, Dr. Eswar Prasad, Dr. Urjit Patel, Mr. Abhay Vaidya

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