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Conference on India’s Look East Policy : Challenges for Sub-Regional Cooperation
October 07-09, 2007


Organized by 
Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India
Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations, Delhi
Omeo Kumar Das Institute of Social Change and Development, Guwahati

October 7, 2007
Welcome note by Prof. Ashok Jain, Chairperson-OKDISCD
Overview of the conference by Mr. Arif S. Khan, Addl. Secy., MEA
Key Note Address by Mr. Pranab Mukherjee, Minister of External Affairs, Government of India
Vote of thanks by Prof. Ashok Jain, Chairperson-OKDISCD
Chair Dr. Isher Judge Ahluwalia, Chairperson, ICRIER 
October 8, 2007
Inaugural Session Welcome note by Prof. Indranee Dutta, Director OKDISCD
Inaugural address Dr. Montek Singh Ahluwalia, Dy Chairman, Planning Commission, Government of India
Chair : Dr. Rajiv Kumar, Director and Chief Executive, ICRIER
Session I: India’s Look East Policy : Political Economy Implication
Lead speakers: Prof. Alokesh Barua, SIS, JNU: The Look East Policy and the North East: New Challenges for Development
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Prof. D.K.Baruah
, Former Principal Cotton College and Visiting Faculty GU: Political Economy and Image Building

Prof. B.P. Mishra. Former Prof. North Bengal University: Developing India’s North East- Gleaning from Political Economic Perspective
Chandan Mahanta, IIT Guwahati: Water Diplomacy: The Missing Link in Look East Policy
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Chair: Shri Arjun Asrani, Former Indian Ambassador- Japan.

Session II: Governance and Social Issues and Role of the Civil Society
Lead Speakers: Ms. Patricia Mukhim; Journalist, Shillong: The Role of Civil Society

Ms. Hasina Kharbih; INGON, Shillong

Dr. B. B. Kumar
, Astha Bharati, New Delhi:India’s Look East Policy-The Opportunity and the Challenges for the NE Region’

Chair : Prof. Mrinal Miri, Member, National Advisory Council and former VC NEHU.

Session III: Regional Connectivity and Infrastructure
Lead Speakers: Mr. Pradyut Bordoloi, Minister of Industry, Govt. of Assam: Old Routes Anew: Looking East from East
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Prof. Amar Yumnam
, Manipur University: The Binding Constraints of the Region Mr. Bhaskar Mitra, Ambassador of India to Myanmar

Mr. Pinak Chakravarty
, High Commissioner of India to Bangladesh: Regional Connectivity and Infrastructure
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Chair : 
Prof. Ashok Jain, Chairman, OKDISCD 
October 9, 2007
Session IV: Competitive Business Investment, Informal Trade and Regional Integration
Lead Speakers: Mr. Bhaskar Baruah, Former, Secretary, GOI: Borders and Beyond-In the Context of India’s Look East Policy
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Mr. Sanjib Kakoty
, Shillong: When Opportunity Beckons!

Mr. Shivachandra Singh, Secretary, Indo-Myanmar Fraternity Alliance, Manipur
Ms. Vijaya Latha Reddy, Ambassador of India to Thailand

Chair : Mr. Kashinath Hazarika, CMD, NEDFi.

Session V: Challenges of Poverty and Human Resource Development in North East India
Lead Speakers: Ms. Sanamoni Yambem-DGM, NABARD, Imphal. 
Mr. Shantikam Hazarika, Director, Assam Institute of Management 
Dr. Jesim Pais, Institute for Studies in Industrial Development, Delhi: Labour Regulations: Coverage in North East India
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Chair: Prof. Gautam Barua, Director, IIT- Guwahati 
Session VI: Valedictory
Valedictory Address Shri Mani Shankar Aiyar, Hon’ble Minister, DONER, Panchayati Raj and Youth Affairs and Sports

Vote of Thanks by Dr. Indranee Dutta, Professor and Director, OKDISCD.
Chair:  Amb. Santosh Kumar, Senior Consultant and Project Director, The National Interest Project, ICRIER 



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