The 7th South Asia Economic Summit (SAES) was held in New Delhi from 5 to 7 November, under the theme “Towards South Asia Economic Union”, with ESCAP as one of the partner organizers.
ESCAP hosted a plenary session on Regional Cooperation for Food Security in South Asia and contributed to plenary sessions on regional connectivity and the Post-2015 Development Agenda. ESCAP also contributed to parallel sessions on trade facilitation, non-tariff barriers and macro-economic prospects.
Launched in 2008, the South Asia Economic Summit is the premier regional platform for dialogue and debate on socio-economic issues facing South Asia. Each year, the Summit tackles critical issues, develops new insights and generates ideas on policy priorities for consideration of the subregion’s decision makers. It is organized by a group of six think-tanks of the region that take turns to organize it in one of the SAARC countries. This year Research and Information System for Developing Countries (RIS), a New Delhi-based autonomous think tank is the key organizer with support from the Ministry of External Affairs of the Government of India. ESCAP has been a key partner of the SAES all along.