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  • saes2013 11:58 am on February 18, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    The Conference Report is now online! 

    Did you miss the 6th SAES last year? Or were you a participant and want a recap of the proceedings? We are happy to announce that the draft conference report, covering the ‘Big Four’ plenary sessions, is now online! Take a look for a substantial summary of the insightful comments by the Expert Panelists and presenters. You can read it by scrolling through the embedded document below, or download the PDF via Scribd.


  • saes2013 5:04 pm on October 2, 2013 Permalink | Reply  

    A one-stop-shop for all the powerpoint presentations at the Summit – http://www.scribd.com/collections/4351782/Presentations-at-6th-South-Asia-Economic-Summit

  • saes2013 12:10 pm on October 2, 2013 Permalink | Reply  

    Find all the #SAES2013 tweets in one place 

    To ensure we archive the tweets surrounding the Summit for posterity (official tweets from @saes2013 and also tweets by anyone using the hashtag #saes2013), we have brought it all together in one place using the free online tool Storify

  • saes2013 5:10 pm on September 17, 2013 Permalink | Reply  

    It’s the Politics Stupid! 

    Guest Article by Pravina Rudra, Project Intern – IPS

    Bill Clinton famously ran his election campaign for US President on the slogan “It’s the economy, stupid”. But, as Philippa Dee’s latest book suggests, even if the economy is uppermost on voters’ minds, a better slogan for electioneers in South Asia would be “It’s the politics, stupid”.

    9780415523066_p0_v1_s260x420“Economic Reform Processes in South Asia: Towards Policy Efficiency” is a ground-breaking new compendium of research and reports, drawn from India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. It discusses the successes of different reforms, and, most importantly, recognises that South Asia requires a more specialist approach than regions such as East Asia – here it is politicians, and politics itself which provide the spark to ignite economic reform. Uniquely, the authors’ recognition of governmental inadequacies is well-seasoned with practical advice: they find economic policies that would work within the constraints of South Asian politics (and, to boot, which have been tried and tested).

    Questions explored include why India is widely considered to have “won” on economic policy, and Pakistan to have failed, as well as how an increase in the pair’s bilateral trade will be a virtuous cycle – where trade is at stake, the political tensions lower and thus security in the region attracts investment and yet more trade. Of particular note is the penultimate chapter by IPS Deputy Director, Dr. Dushni Weerakoon, where an incremental approach to reform is advocated, and oft- overlooked facts are highlighted. For example, increasing employment often helps governments be re-elected, but in the long-term compensation and firing restrictions backfire, ironically, on the very workers they were supposed to protect.

    More information on the book can be obtained from http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415523066/

    (Pravina Rudra is an undergraduate student at Pembroke College of the University of Oxford studying Politics, Philosophy and Economics. She recently completed a summer internship at the IPS.)

  • saes2013 11:46 am on September 17, 2013 Permalink | Reply  

    Participant photos now online! 


    6th SAES – Participants, a set on Flickr.

    Were you a speaker/participant at the 6th SAES and like to download the photos from your session? We’ve uploaded them all on to the IPS Flickr page, for your easy viewing and free downloading!

  • saes2013 10:55 am on September 17, 2013 Permalink | Reply  

    Comprehensive TV coverage of the 6th SAES by leading Sri Lankan broadcaster NewsFirst 

  • saes2013 7:08 pm on September 16, 2013 Permalink | Reply  




    The 6th South Asia Economic Summit (SAES), convened by the Institute of Policy Studies of Sri Lanka (IPS), concluded in Colombo. Highlighting the importance of moving towards a stronger, dynamic and inclusive South Asia, the three-day Summit brought together over 120 dignitaries representing the socio-economic spectrum of South Asia and beyond.

    This year’s Summit was centered around four key socio-economic policy areas termed ‘The Big Four’, which explored the significance of harnessing human capital through creating productive employment and addressing migrant dilemmas; managing water resources, ensuring food security and mitigating climate change; addressing intra-country growth disparities to development and enhancing the importance of building a competitive and inclusive private sector in the region.

    The Minister of External Affairs, Professor G.L. Peiris delivering the valedictory speech at the closing ceremony of the 6th SAES, remarked that the four key pillars chosen for discussion was “undoubtedly the most appropriate” in terms of highlighting the issues facing Sri Lanka and the region. In his speech, Hon. Minister remarked that the state should “ensure that economic development does not consist of theoretical abstractions which are remote from the lives of ordinary people, but, on the contrary, they have a real impact in terms of improving the day to day lives of people living in all parts of the country”. He also highlighted the importance of developing the physical infrastructure and modernizing education to ensure economic development and social equity in the country. The Minister also commended the valuable contributions made on the development discourse in the region by various socio-economic experts from the Summit. Hon. Minister concluded his speech by assuring that any recommendations made on the basis of the deliberations in the 6th SAES will receive the earnest consideration of the Government of Sri Lanka.

    The three-day Summit which stimulated debate and discussion on a range of development issues concluded with the naming of Research and Information Systems for Developing Countries (RIS) in India as the host of the 7th SAES next year.

  • saes2013 4:42 pm on September 11, 2013 Permalink | Reply  

    We’ve posted on Flickr lots of photos from the Summit! More will be up soon 

  • saes2013 3:09 pm on September 5, 2013 Permalink | Reply  

    A very successful conclusion of the 6th South Asia Economic Summit! But our work isn’t done – our Official Partner Events continue after the Summit ends, at different venues in Colombo. One with the Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute and the other with University of Colombo Department of Economics

  • saes2013 10:21 am on September 4, 2013 Permalink | Reply  

    Growth in South Asia won’t be driven by researchers, policy advisors, academics and scholars. It will be by enterprising individuals and firms – the private sector. Today at the #saes2013 it’s all about the role of private sector in South Asia and how to foster competitiveness and the climate it operates in. We’ve got a super panel of experts from around the region debating this right now…

    Expert Panelists in Plenary 4 discuss 'Improving the Climate for Private Enterprise in South Asia', 4th September 2013, Cinnamon Grand Oak Room

    Expert Panelists in Plenary 4 discuss ‘Improving the Climate for Private Enterprise in South Asia’, 4th September 2013, Cinnamon Grand Oak Room

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