Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations

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Annual Conference
Normalizing India-Pakistan Trade

Date: March 14-15, 2013 
Venue: Jacaranda Hall, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi


Day 1: 14th March 2013 (Thursday)

9:30- 9:45 am Registration
9:45- 10:30 am Inaugural session

Chair: Isher Judge Ahluwalia  (Chairperson, ICRIER, New Delhi) 

Keynote Address: Shri Pawan Kumar Bansal (Minister for Railways, Government of India)
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Vote of Thanks:
 Rajat Kathuria (Director and Chief Executive, ICRIER, New Delhi)

10:30- 11:00 am Tea/Coffee
11:00- 1:00 pm Session 1: Expanding Trade in Goods

Chair: Hafiz Pasha  (Dean, Beaconhouse National University (BNU), Lahore; former Commerce Minister, Finance Minister and Deputy Chairman, Planning Commission, Government of Pakistan) 

Presentations by:

  • Nisha Taneja (Professor, ICRIER, New Delhi)
  • Sanjib Pohit (Senior Principal Scientist, NISTAD, New Delhi)
  • Manzoor Ahmad (Senior Fellow, International Center for Trade and Sustainable Development, Geneva)

Comments by:

  • Aradhna Aggarwal (Senior Fellow, NCAER, New Delhi)
  • Deb Kusum Das (Associate Professor, Ramjas College, University of Delhi)
  • Saikat Sinha Roy (Associate Professor, Department of Economics, Jadavpur University, Kolkata)
1:00- 2:00 pm Discussion

Special Address by S R Rao (Commerce Secretary, Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Government of India)

2:00- 4:00 pm Session 2: Barriers to Trade

Chair: Surjit Bhalla  (Chairman, Oxus Investments) 

Presentations by:

  • Aisha Ghaus Pasha (Director, Institute of Public Policy, BNU, Lahore)
  • Nadia Rehman (Trade Economist, USAID Trade Project, Islamabad)
  • Abhijit Das (Head & Professor, Centre for WTO Studies, Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT), New Delhi)

Comments by:

  • Naeem Anwar (Minister-Trade, Pakistan High Commission, New Delhi)
  • Ram Upendra Das (Senior Fellow, Research and Information System for Developing Countries(RIS), New Delhi)
  • Pardeep Sehgal (Partner, Sinochem Impex, Amritsar)
4:00- 4:30 pm Tea/Coffee
4:30- 5:30 pm Session 3: Trade Perception Survey

Chair: Sanjay Kathuria  (Lead Economist, Regional Integration, World Bank, Washington DC) 

Presentations by:

  • Nisha Taneja, Mishita Mehra, Prithvijit Mukherjee (ICRIER, New Delhi)
  • Sanjib Pohit (Senior Principal Scientist, NISTAD, New Delhi)

Comments by:

  • Atindra Sen (Senior Advisor, Transnational Strategy Group, India)
  • Usman Khan (Faculty Member, LUMS, Lahore)
7:30 pm Special Address by Salman Shah (Former Finance Minister, Pakistan)

Chair: N K Singh  (Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha) 

8:30 pm Dinner Reception

Day 2: 15th March 2013 (Friday)

9:00- 11:00 am Session 4: focusing on Energy, Textiles, and Sports goods

Chair: I. N. Mukherji  (Senior Consultant, RIS, New Delhi) 

Presentations by:

  • Mahendra Lama (Professor, Centre for South, Central, Southeast Asian and Southwest Pacific Studies, JNU, New Delhi)
  • Saon Ray (Senior Fellow, ICRIER, New Delhi)
  • Kiran Javaid and Farah Shahid (Teaching Fellows, LUMS, Lahore)

Comments by:

  • Syed Yawar Ali (Chairman, Nestlé Pakistan Ltd)
  • Biswajit Nag (Associate Professor, IIFT, New Delhi)
  • Prabir De (Fellow, Research and Information System for Developing Countries, New Delhi)
11:00- 11:30 pm Tea/Coffee
11:30- 1:30 pm Session 5: Trade in Services and FDI

Chair: Anupam Khanna  (Chief Economist and Director-General, NASSCOM, Delhi) 

Presentations by:

  • Rupa Chanda (Professor, Department of Economics & Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore)
  • Hadia Majid and Nadia Mukhtar (Assistant Professor, LUMS, Lahore)
  • Vaqar Ahmed (Deputy Executive Director, SDPI, Islamabad)

Comments by:

  • B N Goldar (Visiting Professor, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi)
  • Jehan Ara (President, Pakistan Software Houses Association for IT and ITES, Karachi)
  • Arpita Mukherjee (Professor, ICRIER, New Delhi)
1:30- 2:30 pm Lunch
2:30- 4:00 pm Panel Discussion on India-Pakistan Trade: The Way Forward

Moderator: Sanjaya Baru  (Director for Geo-economics and Strategy, International Institute for Strategic Studies, New Delhi) 


  • Rajeev Kher (Additional Secretary, Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Government of India)
  • Hafiz Pasha (Dean, BNU, Lahore and former Commerce Minister, Finance Minister and Deputy Chairman, Planning Commission, Government of Pakistan)
  • Syed Yawar Ali (Chairman, Nestlé Pakistan Ltd)
  • Nagesh Kumar (Director, UN-ESCAP South and South-West Asia Office and Chief Economist, UN-ESCAP)
  • Manoj Pant (Professor, Centre for International Trade and Development, JNU, New Delhi)
  • Nisha Taneja (Professor, ICRIER, New Delhi)
4:00- 4:30 pm Concluding session

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

4:30- 5:00 pm Tea/Coffee


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