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India – East Asia Economic Integration: Role of Economic Corridors and the Emerging Architecture

Event Date: 10 Sep 2010

08.30 – 09.00 Registration
09:00 – 10:00 Inaugural Session

Chair: Mr. Ong Keng Yong, Ambassador-at-large, Singapore, and Formerly Secretary-General, ASEAN Secretariat

09:00 – 09:10 Welcome remarks by Dr. Biswajit Dhar, Director-General, RIS
09:10 – 09:25 Remarks by Mr. Ong Keng Yong
09:25 – 09:40 Keynote address by Mr. Asoke Mukerji, Additional Secretary (POL), Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India
09:40 – 09:55 Inaugural address by His Excellency Mr. Sundaram Pushpanathan, Deputy Secretary-General, ASEAN Secretariat, Jakarta
09:55 – 10:00 Vote of Thanks by Dr. Biswajit Dhar, Director-General, RIS
10:00 – 10:15 Coffee / Tea Break
10:15 – 11:00 Session I: Economic Space and Transnational Economic Corridors 

Chair: Dr. Pronab Sen, Principal Adviser, Planning Commission, Government of India

Presentations by

  • Pan-Asian Gateways and Corridors, by Prof. Peter Rimmer, Australian National University (ANU), Canberra
  • Asian Highway and Trans-Asian Railway, by Mr. Madan Bandhu Regmi, Economic Affairs Officer, UNESCAP, Bangkok

Questions and Answers

11:00 – 12:00 Session II: Infrastructure for a Seamless Asia

Chair: Mr. Gautam Bambawale, Joint Secretary (EA), Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India

Presentation by:

  • Infrastructure for a Seamless Asia, by Dr. Biswa Bhattacharyay, Lead Professional and Adviser to Dean, Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI), Tokyo & Dr. Prabir De, Fellow, RIS


  • Dr. Ramgopal Agarwala, Distinguished Fellow, RIS
  • Dr. Nguyen Huy Hoang, Director, Institute for Southeast Asian studies, Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences (VASS), Hanoi

Questions and Answer

12:00 – 13:00 Session III: Economic Corridors: Emerging Asian Architecture

Chair: Dr. Biswajit Dhar, Director-General, RIS

Presentation by

  • Comprehensive Asia Development Plan (CADP) and Economic Corridors, by Prof. Fukunari Kimura, Chief Economist, Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA), Jakarta, and Kieo University, Tokyo.


  • Dr. Chayodom Sabhasri, Associate Professor, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok
  • Mr. Cuong Nguyen, Economist, South Asia Division, Asian Development Bank (ADB), Manila

Questions and Answers

13:00 – 14:00 Lunch
14:00 – 15:00 Session IV: Asian Connectivity: Mekong Economic Corridors

Chair: Dr. Nguyen Huy Hoang, Director, Institute for Southeast Asian studies, Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences (VASS), Hanoi

Presentation by

  • GMS Economic Corridors, by  Dr. Pradeep Srivastava, Senior Regional Cooperation Specialist and GMS Task Manager, Regional Cooperation and Integration Group, Southeast Asia Department, Asian Development Bank (ADB), Manila


  • Dr. Sorin Sok, Fellow, Cambodia Peace Research Institute (CPRI), Phnom Penh
  • Ms. Latthana Douangboupha, Dy. Director, Trade Facilitation Division, Ministry of Industry and Commerce, Lao PDR, Vientiane

Questions and Answers

15:00 – 15:15 Coffee / Tea Break
15:15 – 16:15 Session V: India – East Asia Connectivity: Bangalore – Chennai – East Asia Economic Corridor 

Chair: Mr. Subash Bose Pillai, Director for Market Integration Directorate, ASEAN Secretariat, Jakarta

Presentation by

  • Delhi – Mumbai Industrial Corridor (DMIC), Mekong – India Economic Corridor (MIEC) and PRIDe [Chennai – Ennore – Bangalore Economic Corridor] by Mr. Paritosh Gupta, CEO, IL&FS-IDC, New Delhi


  • Mr. Joichi Kimura, Chief Representative, JBIC India, New Delhi
  • Dr. Kavita Iyengar, Asian Development Bank (ADB), New Delhi

Questions and Answers

16:15 – 17:15 Session VI: India – East Asia Economic Corridors and Industrial Clusters

Chair: Ambassador A N Ram, Formerly Secretary, Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India

Presentation by

  • Role of Industrial Corridors for Regional Integration and Development: A Chennai-Ennore Economic Corridor Initiative, by Mr. Adil Zaidi, Associate Director, Ernst & Young, New Delhi


  • Economic Corridors and Industrial Clusters, by Dr. Suiji Uchikawa, Visiting Fellow, RIS, and IDE-JETRO.
  • Mr. Toshiro Nishizawa, Director, Japan Center for International Finance (JCIF), Tokyo

Questions and Answers

17:15 – 18:25 Session VII: India – East Asia Economic Integration: Role of Economic Corridors (Panel Discussion)

Chair: Prof. Muchkund Dubey, Chairman, RIS Research Advisory Council, New Delhi

Special Address : Shri Salman Kurshid, Ministry of Corporate Affairs, Govt. of India


  • Prof. Fukunari Kimura, ERIA
  • Dr. Sorin Sok, CPRI
  • Dr. Nguyen Huy Hoang, VASS
  • Ms. Latthana Douangboupha, Lao PDR
  • Mr. Subash Bose Pillai, ASEAN Secretariat
  • Dr. Biswajit Dhar, RIS
18:15 – 18:30 Vote of Thanks by Dr. Prabir De, Fellow, RIS