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Published Date: Nov 17, 2017

Speakers at 10th edition of South Asia Economic Summit highlight Importance of Track II initiatives

ISLAMABAD: South Asia can still move ahead despite Pakistan’s lack of readiness in Motor Vehicle Agreement it shows that complementarities do attract initiatives for cooperation. Dr. Abid Qaiyum Suleri, Executive Director, Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) Pakistan said this while speaking at the concluding ceremony of the 10th edition of South Asia Economic Summit (SAES) held at Kathmandu. Dr. Swarnim Wagle, Vice Chairman, National Planning Commission, on the occasion opined that the stalling of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) has doubly highlighted the importance of Track II initiatives like the South Asia Economic Summit. He also called on the initiative to think about setting up a permanent secretariat to institutionalize the region-wide deliberations on regional issues. During one of the plenary sessions, Prof. Rehman Sobhan, Chairman Centre for Policy Dialogue Bangladesh said the move away from SAARC is not an altogether new phenomenon, and at such times, civil society needs to be particularly proactive to keep the idea of South Asia alive. Dr. Nagesh Kumar, Director, Social Development Division, United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) said that sibling rivalries are the fact of life among neighbours that hold back cooperation. But, he said, there will also be sudden upsurges in complementarities to push cooperation forward. Dr. Dushni Weerakoon, Executive Director, Institute of Policy Dialogue of Sri Lanka, said earlier that each country in the region was undergoing its own travails at the moment stalling the regional process for the time being۔
Dr. Posh Raj Pandey, Chairman, South Asia Watch on Trade, Economics and Environment (SAWTEE) highlighted the need to focus on trade in services with the sector’s increasing growth and contribution to the economies of the region, including at the firm level that helps the small entrepreneurs and the overall economy. He pointed out that the implementation modality of SAARC Agreement on Trade in Services (SATIS) be sorted and SATIS be implemented without any further delay. During one of the working sessions, Former Minister for Water Resources Deepak Gyawali during his presentation at an expert session on energy cooperation said that most of the complexities in cooperation in the hydropower sector arise from a failure to recognize the multipurpose nature of hydropower projects and going after them only as clean energy projects. He cited the example of farmers getting a free ride on irrigation water while energy users foot the bill. Panelists discussed the shortcomings of regionalism and ways to overcome them in the different sessions of Thursday. Some saw subregionalism undermining South Asian regionalism while others saw the trend strengthening countries’ willingness to benefit from new complementarities that was unavailable previously. China came up frequently in addresses of speakers of the different sessions. They thought that because of China’s centrality in economic relations of every SAARC member, it too should be given space in collective subregional forums that are already there or are to be formed in the future. The discussants also explored the possibilities of tapping the observers as dialogue partners while discussing the tremendous challenges associated with their deeper engagement. The tenth summit is being organised jointly by the National Planning Commission (NPC), Ministry of Commerce, Government of Nepal and South Asia Watch on Trade, Economics and Environment (SAWTEE) from 14-16 November in Kathmandu. The theme of the summit is ‘Deepening Economic Integration for Inclusive and Sustainable Development in South Asia”. About 300 participants, including renowned researchers, academicians, experts across various disciplines, government officials, diplomats from the region as well as abroad participated in 20 sessions over three days. The South Asia Economic Summit was launched in 2008 as a platform to discuss and analyse development challenges facing South Asia. The annual event brings together regional experts from various fields from across the South Asian region. South Asia Watch on Trade, Economics and Environment (SAWTEE), Nepal; Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD), Bangladesh; Research and Information System for Developing Countries (RIS), India; Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI), Pakistan; and Institute of Policy Studies of Sri Lanka (IPS), Sri Lanka take turns to organize the annual event in one of the SAARC countries. Source: