ABOUT THE EVENT

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.

SPEAKERS

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
Bhutan

Hon. Abdulla Shahid

Minister of Foreign Affairs
Maldives

Lord Meghnad Desai

Member
House of Lords, United Kingdom

H.E. George Mina

Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Australia
WTO

H.E. Xolelwa Mlumbi-Peter

Ambassador and Permanent Representative of South Africa
WTO

H.E. Cheryl Spencer

Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Jamaica
WTO

H.E. Brajendra Navnit

Ambassador and Permanent Representative of India
WTO

Harsh Vardhan Shringla

Foreign Secretary
Government of India

Dr. Anup Wadhawan

Commerce Secretary
Government of India

Mr. Rahul Chhabra

Secretary (Economic Relations)
Ministry of External Affairs, India

Ms. Manuela Ferro

Vice President
World Bank Group

Mr. Shixin Chen

Vice-President (Operations 1)
Asian Development Bank

Dr. Nguyen Thanh Hung

Chairman
Sovico Group (Vietnam)

Dr. Inbom Choi

Senior Advisor
Mahindra Group (South Korea)

Dr. Naushad Forbes

Co-Chairman
Forbes & Marshall

Dr. Ganesh Natarajan,,

Chairman
5F World

Mr. Rajiv Bajaj

Managing Director
Bajaj Auto

Dr. Eswar Prasad

Tolani Senior Professor of Trade Policy
Cornell University

Dr. Abhijit Das

Head and Professor
Centre for WTO Studies, Indian Institute of Foreign Trade

Mr. Pramit Pal Chaudhuri

Foreign Editor
Hindustan Times

Mr. Vijay Gokhale

Former Foreign Secretary
Government of India

Mr. J. S. Deepak,

Former Telecom Secretary and Former Permanent Representative of India
WTO

Mr. Kumar Mangalam Birla

Chairman
Aditya Birla Group

Mr. K. V. Kamath

Former President
New Development Bank (BRICS)

Sir Danny Alexander

Vice President and Corporate Secretary
Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank

H.E. João Aguiar Machado


Ambassador and Permanent Representative of EU to WTO

Dr. Urjit Patel

Former Governor
Reserve Bank of India

Mr. Mamoru Yokoo

Director & Executive Vice President
Mitsubishi Corporation (India)

Dr. Mahmoud Mohieldin

Executive Director
International Monetary Fund

Hon. Alan Ganoo

Minister of Foreign Affairs
Mauritius

Ambassador Gautam Bambawale

Convener
Asia Economic Dialogue 2021

Dr. R.A. Mashelkar

President
Pune International Centre

Dr. Vijay Kelkar

Vice President
Pune International Centre

Ms. Dnyanada Palkar

Emcee

Mr. Mandar Joshi

Emcee

Mr. Abhay Vaidya

Emcee

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.

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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