CDPS at the Fifth South Asia Regional Dialogue

Kathmandu, Nepal, 28-30 August 2013


Members at the Fifth South Asia Regional Dialogue in Kathmandu, Nepal

The Consortium of South Asian Think Tanks (COSATT – held its Fifth Regional Dialogue on ‘South Asia 2025: Common Future, Shared Responsibility’ in Kathmandu from 28-30 August 2013. Organized by the Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies, New Delhi, in collaboration with the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, the Dialogue was attended by seven other COSATT partners from the SAARC countries, including CDPS.

Apart from presenting regional perspectives, speakers talked about reaching the common future and shared responsibilities in South Asia from the point of view of their respective countries.

CDPS Executive Director Wasbir Hussain in his presentation stressed on the need to work on a strategy where there can be a seamless integration between SAARC and ASEAN. Mr Hussain also said that the countries in the region should start work on the transport and travel regime so that once road and rail connectivity are established in the region, trade and commerce activities can begin right away.

CDPS Executive Director Wasbir Hussain making his presentation during the Fifth South Asia Regional Dialogue

Talking about action that the Government of India needs to take, Mr Hussain said there should be an effective coordination between the Ministry of External Affairs, the Ministry of Commerce and the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways. India, he said, should increase trade and investments in Myanmar so as to reduce the increasing Chinese influence in the nation. Myanmar certainly holds the key for the success of India’s Look East Policy.

Mr Hussain supported the idea of a South Asian Parliament and said that if its execution becomes difficult, setting up of a ‘People’s Parliament’, comprising leading personalities from South Asia can be thought of.

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