Venue: Banquet Hall, Hotel Ashok, Chanakya Puri, New Delhi

Agenda

18 November 2005
09.30
Registration
10.00-11.00
1. Inaugural Session
Chairperson: Dr Arjun Sengupta, M.P. (Rajya Sabha) and Chairman, RIS
Welcome Remarks by Dr Nagesh Kumar, Director-General, RIS
Observations by Ambassador K. Kesavapany, Director, Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, Singapore
Remarks by Prof. Akinori Seki, President, Sasakawa Peace Foundation, Tokyo
Chairperson’s Remarks
Inaugural Address by Hon’ble Shri K. Natwar Singh, Minister, Government of India
Vote of Thanks
11.00-11.30
Tea Break
11.30-13.00
2. The Asian Century: Relevance of Asian Economic Integration
Chair: H.E. Mr. Y. Enoki, Ambassador of Japan

Key Presentations:
1. Economic Integration and Asia’s New Role in Global Economy by Professor Soogil Young, President, NSI Forum, Seoul, South Korea

2. Relevance of Broader Asian Economic Community by Dr Nagesh Kumar, DG, RIS
PresentationPaper
Key Commentators:
Prof. Mohammed Ariff, Executive Director, MIER, Kuala Lumpur
Dr Eric Teo, Council Secretary, Singapore Institute of International Affairs
Open Discussion
13.00-14.00
Lunch
14.00-15.30
3. Regional Trade and Investment Liberalization: Trends and Potential
Chair: Ambassador K. Kesavapany, Director, Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, Singapore
Key Presentations:
East Asia-South Asia Economic Cooperation by Dr Pradumna B. Rana, Senior Adviser, OREI, Asian Development Bank, Manila
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Economics of an East Asian FTA by Dr S.K. Mohanty, RIS
ASEAN’s Role in Asian Economic Integration by Dr Gloria Pasadilla, Research Fellow, Philippine Institute of Development Studies, Manila
Discussants: Dr Le Bo Linh, Deputy Director-General, IWEP, Vietnam Academy for Social Sciences, Hanoi
Dr. Rahul Sen, Research Fellow, ISEAS, Singapore
Open Discussion
15.30-15.45
Tea Break
15.45-17.15
4. Monetary and Financial Cooperation in Asia
Chair: Dr Parthasarathy Shome, Adviser to Finance Minister, Ministry of Finance
Key Presentations:
Asian Exim Banks Cooperation by Mr T.C. Venkat Subramanian, Chairman and Managing Dirctor, Export-Import Bank of India, Mumbai
Financial Cooperation for Infrastructure Development in Asia by Dr Ramgopal Agarwala and Prabir De, RIS
Approaches to Asian Bond Market Development: Ambassador Manaspas Xuto, President, United Nations Association of Thailand and Advisor Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Thailand
Discussants:
Professor Osamu Nariai, Reitaku University, Japan
Dr. Ram Upendra Das, Fellow, RIS
Open Discussion
20.00
Dinner hosted by Ambassador Rajiv Sikri, Secretary, Ministry of External Affairs
19 November 2005
10.00-11.30
5. Prospects for Regional Cooperation for Asian Energy Security
Chair: Mr. Talmiz Ahmed,, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas
Key Presentations by:
Mr Vipul Tuli, Principal, McKinsey & Co. New Delhi
Dr Shi Yaodong, Research Fellow, Development Research Centre (DRC) of the State Council of China, Beijing
Dr Sebonti Roy Dadwal, Institute of Defence Studies and Analysis, New Delhi
Mr. T.K. Arun, Editor, The Economic Times
Discussant: Dr. Sameer Ranjan Pradhan, RIS
Open Discussion
A Background Paper — Towards an Asian Energy Community: An Exploration
11.30-11.45 Tea Break
11.45-13.15 6. Asian Identity and Strategic Issues
Chair: Ambassador Sudhir Devare, ISEAS and RIS

Distinguished Panelists:
Dr Sanjaya Baru, Prime Minister’s Office, New Delhi

Mr Kavi Chongkittavorn, Executive Editor, Nation, Bangkok
Professor C. Raja Mohan, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
Dr Eric Teo, Council Secretary, Singapore Institute of International Affairs
Professor Yao Chao Cheng, Shanxi University of Finance and Economics, Taiyuan, P.R. of China
Open Discussion
13.15-14.15 Lunch
14.15-15.45
7. Roundtable Discussion on the Agenda for the East Asia Summit
Co-Chairs: Prof. Mohammed Ariff, Executive Director, MIER and Ambassador Rajiv Sikri, Secretary, Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India
Discussion Initiated by:
Professor Soogil Young, President, NSI Forum, Seoul, South Korea
Mr Kavi Chongkittavorn, Executive Editor, Nation, Bangkok
Professor Osamu Nariai, Reitaku University, Japan
Professor Mukul Asher, National University of Singapore
Dr. Lay Vannak, Research Fellow, Cambodia Institute for Cooperation and Peace
Open Discussion
15.45-16.00
Tea break
16.00- 17.00 8. Valedictory Session
16.00- 16.30
Report of the Conference
16.30- 17.00  Valedictory Address
Chair: Dr Arjun Sengupta, M.P. Chairman, RIS
Valedictory Address by Hon'ble Shri Prithviraj Chavan, Minister of State in Prime Minister's Office
Vote of thanks