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Regional Connectivity Conference: South Asia in the Indo-Pacific Context
Nov 1-2, Hotel Taj Palace, New Delhi, India

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Methodology

1) Country scoping visits: Scoping visits will be undertaken to Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal and Sri Lanka to connect and initiate discussions with key experts, government officials, private sector and also the US Missions in respective countries to share initial ideas on the conference and its sessions to understand and create ownership around the idea. These visits will also be used to solicit ideas for potential contributors for the compilation of articles that will be released prior to the conference.

2) Publication of compilation of articles: A compilation of eighteen (18) articles will be contributed by experts from South Asia (and beyond) on the focus themes of economic cooperation and connectivity, regional investment, and security cooperation and connectivity.

3) Conference in New Delhi: This will bring together government officials, security officials, academics, scientists, research scholars and students of international relations, political science, business and security studies from regional universities, think-tank leaders, business associations, donor agencies and representatives from the diplomatic corps from South Asia, United States, and countries such as Australia, Japan, Indonesia, Singapore and South Korea invested in promoting greater connectivity in South Asia, to connect and deliberate on issues, challenges, opportunities and identify solutions to enhance connectivity in South Asia.

This will be a two-day event focusing on the three themes of economic cooperation and connectivity, regional investment, and security cooperation and connectivity. Each theme will have parallel session running during the two days with expected three tracks under each theme on each day. The specific topics and issues will evolve through consultations and discussions but are expected to include subjects like multimodal physical connectivity with particular emphasis on leveraging ongoing and planned connectivity infrastructure in the region and beyond, institutional and regulatory connectivity, trade facilitation measures to lower non-tariff barriers with particular emphasis on regional value chains on agricultural commodities, people-to-people connectivity, strategic cooperation on security, stability and peace given the geo-political context and shared concerns, and so on.

Goals and Objectives

Project goal: to bring together key interlocutors to discuss challenges and solutions to economic, investment, and security issues relevant to South Asia and the United States.

Project objective:

1) Create a multi-discipline, multi-country platform for policy discussions and exchange among key stakeholders (public and private) on South Asia connectivity, which will culminate with a two-day conference that will come out with concrete policy recommendations, suggestions and directions. This will include government officials, security officials, academics, scientists, research scholars and students of international relations, political science, business and security studies from regional universities, think-tank leaders, business associations, and representatives from the diplomatic corps from South Asia, United States, and other countries invested in promoting greater connectivity in South Asia.

2) Connect policy-makers, the private sector, trade and investment promotion bodies including business associations, international experts, think tanks, media and other relevant stakeholders of the South Asia region, the United States of America and countries such as Australia, Japan, Indonesia, Singapore and South Korea, that are invested in greater connectivity in South Asia towards leveraging existing and possible partnerships and collaborations to promote greater connectivity and advance new policy.