Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations

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2nd annual conference

 2nd Annual Conference
Normalizing India-Pakistan Trade

Date: January 21-22, 2014 
Venue: Silver Oak Hall, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi



Day 1: January 21, 2014 (Tuesday)

9:45- 10:00 am Registration
10:00- 11:00 am Inaugural Session

Welcome Remarks by Rajat Kathuria (Director and Chief Executive, ICRIER, New Delhi) 

Keynote Address by G. K. Chadha (President, South Asian University and former Vice-chancellor, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi)

Release of Report on the 1st Trade Perception Survey and Special Address by Chief Guest Rajeev Kher (Special Secretary, Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Government of India)

11:00- 11:30 am Tea/Coffee
11:30- 1:00 pm Session 1: Enhancing Trade in Goods

Chair: Abid Suleri (Executive Director, Sustainable Development Policy Institute, Pakistan) 

Presentations by: 

Comments by:

  • Manzoor Ahmad (Regional Trade Advisor, USAID Pakistan) 
  • Zubair Ahmed Malik (President, The Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce & Industry, Pakistan) 
  • Sanjib Pohit (Senior Principal Scientist, National Institute of Science, Technology and Development Studies, New Delhi) Deb Kusum Das (Associate Professor, Ramjas College, University of Delhi)
1:00- 2:00 pm Special Address by Ishrat Husain (Dean & Director, IBA and Former Governor, State Bank of Pakistan)
2:00- 3:30 pm Session 2: Trade in Automobile Industry

Chair: Suhail P. Ahmed (Vice Chairman, House of Habib, Pakistan and Founder Chairman, Pakistan Association of Automotive Parts & Accessories Manufacturers)

Presentations by:

  • Vaqar Ahmed (Deputy Executive Director, Sustainable Development Policy Institute, Pakistan) 
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  • T. S. Vishwanath (Principal Advisor, APJ-SLG Law Offices, New Delhi) 
  • Biswajit Nag (Associate Professor, Indian Institute of Foreign Trade, New Delhi) 
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Comments by:

  • Sanjay Kathuria (Lead Economist, Regional Trade Integration, World Bank, Washington DC) 
  • Meenu Tewari (HUDCO Chair Professor, ICRIER, New Delhi) 
  • Saikat Sinha Roy (Associate Professor, Dept. of Economics, Jadavpur University, Kolkata)
3:30- 4:00 pm Tea/Coffee
4:00- 5:30 pm Session 3: Trade in Agriculture 

Chair: Ashok Gulati (Chairman, Commission for Agricultural Costs & Prices, New Delhi) 

Presentations by:

  • Anwarul Hoda (Chair Professor, Trade Policy and WTO Research Programme, ICRIER, New Delhi) 
  • Usman Khan (Faculty, Lahore University of Management Sciences, Pakistan)
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  • Ramesh Chand (Director. National Centre for Agricultural Economics and Policy Research, New Delhi) 
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Comments by:

  • Naeem Anwar (Minister-Trade, Pakistan High Commission, New Delhi)
  • Syed Yawar Ali (Chairman, Nestle Pakistan Ltd. and Member, Pakistan Business Council)
  • Tariq Bucha (President, Farmerís Association, Pakistan)
  • Simrit Kaur (Professor of Public Policy, Faculty of Management Studies, New Delhi)

Day 2: January 22, 2014 (Wednesday)

9:30- 11:00 am Session 4: Trade in the Pharmaceutical Sector 

Chair: B. N. Goldar (Professor, Institute of Economic Growth, New Delhi) 

Presentations by:

Comments by:

  • Aradhna Agarwal (Policy Director, Wadhwani Foundation, New Delhi) 
  • Aparna Sawhney (Associate Professor, Centre for International Trade and Development, School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi)
11:00- 11:15 pm Tea/Coffee
11.00 am – 12.30 pm Session 5: Barriers to Trade 

Chair: S. D. Muni (Senior Visiting Scholar, Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, New Delhi) 

Presentations by:

  • I. N. Mukherji (Former Professor of South Asian studies, JNU and Consultant, UN ESCAP, New Delhi) 
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  • Huma Amir (Chairperson and Asst. Professor, Department of Marketing Institute of Business Administration, Pakistan) 
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  • Ather Elahi (Assistant Professor & Research Fellow, Centre for Business and Economics Research, Institute of Business Administration, Pakistan) 
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  • Rahul Mediratta (PhD Candidate, Northwestern University)

Comments by:

  • Ram Upendra Das (Senior Fellow, Research and Information for Developing Countries, New Delhi) 
  • Pardeep Sehgal (Partner, Sinochem Impex, Amritsar)
12:45- 1:30 pm Special Address by Sharat Sabharwal (former Indian High Commissioner to Pakistan)
1:30- 2:00 pm Lunch
2.00 – 3:00 pm Session 6: Trade in Energy 

Chair: Zafar Mahmood (Chairman, Punjab Public Service Commission and Former Commerce Secretary, Government of Pakistan) 

Presentations by:

  • Salman Zaheer (Program Director, Regional Integration, World Bank) 
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  • Nitya Nanda (Fellow, The Energy and Resources Institute, New Delhi) 
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  • Arif Alauddin (MD,National Energy Conservation Centre, Pakistan)

Comments by:

  • Rakesh Kumar (Director, Solar Energy Corporation of India) 
  • Prabir De (Senior Fellow, Research and Information System for Developing Countries, New Delhi) 
  • Saon Ray (Senior Fellow, ICRIER, New Delhi)
3:00- 3:15 pm Tea/Coffee
3:15- 4:30 pm Panel Discussion on India-Pakistan Trade: The Way Forward 

Chair: Manoj Pant (Professor, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi) 


  • Aqdas Kazmi (Former Joint Chief Economist, Planning Commission, Pakistan) 
  • Nagesh Kumar (Director, UN-ESCAP South and South-West Asia Office and Chief Economist, UN-ESCAP, New Delhi) 
  • Ijaz Nabi (Country Director, International Growth Centre, Pakistan) 
  • E. Sridharan (Academic Director, University of Pennsylvania Institute for the Advanced Study of India, New Delhi) 
  • Nisha Taneja (Professor, ICRIER, New Delhi)
4:30- 5:00 pm Valedictory Address by Sujatha Singh (Foreign Secretary, India) 

Vote of thanks: Rajat Kathuria (Director and Chief Executive, ICRIER, New Delhi)

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