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Posted on: Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Islamabad Policy Research Institute (IPRI) in collaboration with Hanns Seidel Foundation (HSF) organized an international conference on Policy Approaches of South Asian Countries and their Impact on the Region. The conference was very well attended. Former senator Ambassador Akram Zaki delivered the key note address at the inaugural while Syed Tariq Fatemi, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister was the key note speaker at the closing session. Among the international participants there were scholars from Nepal, Sri Lanka, China and Germany. The conference was divided into four working sessions devoted to the themes of: Policy Formulation and Implementation Challenges in South Asia; Imperatives of Non-Traditional Security in South Asia; Regional Connectivity and Policy Approaches towards Peace and Security in South Asia.  

Ambassador Fauzia Nasreen, Head of CPS chaired the session on Regional Connectivity. Papers were presented by Mr. Ye Hailin on Regional Benefits of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor and Dr. Kemal Monnoo on Political Disputes: Implications for Regional Trade and Economic Cooperation. In her remarks Ambassador Fauzia Nasreen said that issues related to regional connectivity are a very apt illustration of divergent policy approaches of South Asian countries. She reaffirmed that CPEC will have region-wide positive impact. It will generate economic activity and has dividends for all the countries in South Asia. She complemented IPRI and HSF for organizing the conference on a very relevant and crucial theme. She said that the discussion on Regional Connectivity was opportune and relevant for several reasons: 1. We were in 2010-2020 SAARC Decade of Intra-Regional Connectivity; 2. China’s engagement with regional countries in the realization of One Road, One Belt strategy; 3. There is pivot to Asia in the US policy with increased focus on Asian regions; 4. Economic vibrancy of major Asian economies have enhanced the prospects of increase in consumer markets in Asia and 5. There is a renewed emphasis on economic interests. Potentially interplay of these factors could bring forth a strategic balance in South Asia with China emerging as a key player. Ambassador Nasreen is also member of Board of Governors of IPRI.       


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