28-30 September 2015 South Asia Economic Conclave


  • India's merchandise trade with South Asia was
    US$20 billion in 2013-14 and is growing at 20.18% annually
  • South Asia was home
    to 1.65 billion people in 2013
  • The estimated nominal GDP of South Asia
    is US$2.561 trillion
  • The region has been growing at 6% annually over
    the last two decades.
  • South Asia is home to 26%
    of the entire world's youth


The Conclave

South Asia is one of the least integrated regions of the world. The efforts to build an effective economic cooperation model have been going on ever since the establishment of SAARC in 1985. However, in recent years there has been a greater emphasis on achieving the deeper regional economic integration. Both the governments and businesses in South Asia have started recognizing the benefits of greater economic cooperation in the region, especially in light of the...

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Programme at a glance


  • "Intra-regional trade is fuelling economic growth and development around the world. South Asia is lagging behind in this area. Intra-regional trade in South Asia is just about 5% and there is immense potential for intra-regional trade to grow."

    Sunil Kant Munjal Chair, SAEC Steering Committee, and Chairman

  • "South Asia should build Value Chains (VCs) and share the VCs success stories with others. One successful example is the textile sector. Bangladesh sources cotton spinning and other raw materials from other countries of the region and produces exportable products."

    Arvind Mehta Joint Secretary-FT (SA/SAARC/Iran), Ministry of Commerce and Industry

  • "The Conclave should be designed to incorporate all stakeholders including P2P, G2G and P2G levels. PPP approach is important. Success of the event is possible because the agenda is common. The region needs strategic planning to achieve the same."

    Dhundi Raj Pokharel Minister (Economic), Embassy of Nepal

  • "SAEC is critical for regional development and ensuring food and energy security for people of the region. The sole focus of the event is regional integration. The World Bank Group and the Senior Management provide full support to the event."

    Sanjay Kathuria Lead Economist, the World Bank`s South Asia Regional Cooperation


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