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Summit Recommendations

Recommendations Compiled by

Dr Vaqar Ahmed
Muhammad Adnan

Facilitators 

Imrana Niazi
Fayaz Yaseen
Muhammad Shoaib
Sofwan A.Khan
Muhammad Zeshan
Saad Rajput
Afsheen Naz

A Background to South Asia Economic Summit

While there have been instances in South Asian history when the
governments of SAARC member countries found themselves in a political deadlock,
however a significant development in the region has been the rise of civil
society organizations working towards regional integration, many of whom have
culminated in to think tanks of global repute.

These organizations help to keep the national governments on track as
regards the multifarious nature of issues involving regional cooperation. Many
of such issues go well beyond politics and economics and include concerns like
food security and livelihoods, climate change induced natural disasters,
migration, connectivity of people and places, energy and water cooperation etc.

In the same spirit South Asia Economic Summit (SAES) was launched in
2008 with the objective of bringing together leading academics, practitioners
of public policy, members of business community and related stakeholders to
discuss regional approach to issues of mutual concern and also to learn from
home grown solutions to common predicaments that can be replicated elsewhere in
South Asia. Over the past few years it will not be an exaggeration to say that
this event has become the ‘South Asian Davos’ following the example of World
Economic Forum at Davos. A brief summary of these summits is given below.

 

Events

Location/Date

Themes

First South Asia Economic Summit

Colombo/28th July to 3rd August 2008

Economic Integration in South Asia: SAFTA and Beyond

Second South Asia Economic Summit

New
Delhi/10-12th December 2009

South
Asia in the context of Global Financial Meltdown

Third South Asia Economic Summit

Kathmandu/17-19th December 2010

Regional Economic Integration, Climate Change and Food Security:
Agenda for the Decade 2011-2020

Fourth South Asia Economic Summit

Dhaka/22-23rd
October 2011

Global
Recovery, New Risks and Sustainable Growth: Repositioning South Asia

Fifth South Asia Economic Summit

Islamabad/11-13th September 2012

Making Growth Inclusive and Sustainable in South Asia

 

The SAES is organized in a manner that its observations and
recommendations can be framed for the SAARC Summit led by Heads of member
countries. Many of the participants of SAES are actively involved (through the
auspices of national governments) in the negotiation process that takes the
SAARC agenda forward. 

The civil society think tanks from South Asia who participate every year
in organizing the event include Sustainable Development Policy Institute
(Pakistan), Institute of Policy Studies (Sri Lanka), Research and Information
System for Developing Countries (India), South Asia Watch on Trade, Economics
and Environment (Nepal), South Asia Center for Policy Studies (Nepal), Center
for Policy Dialogue (Dhaka).

The rest of this document will provide sector-wise recommendations
provided by experts who attended the Summit in Islamabad. Many of these
recommendations have been taken up by SAARC or member countries however their
complete implementation still requires sustained effort. We hope that this
document will provide an impetus to the overall agenda of South Asian
integration.