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India’s premier geoeconomics conference returns as Gateway House: Indian Council on Global Relations and the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India prepare to co-host the 2018’s edition of ‘The Gateway of India Geoeconomic Dialogue’ on
12-13 March 2018 in Mumbai.

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“We are delighted to announce the third edition of the Gateway of India Geoeconomic Dialogue, co-hosted in continued partnership with the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India.

This year, the Dialogue will examine issues made critical by rapid technological developments that are forcing global and local finance to adapt. This acceleration of the technological adoption, with appropriate national and multilateral legislation and governance, will help energise the new era of cross-border tradable services, enabling individuals and corporations to benefit. While doing so governments and societies must ensure that technology does not automate to become an end in itself, but is used   to advantage nations and citizens.

India is stepping up its global engagement through fora  such as the G20. Ascertaining fair regulation and participation in this new economic era means India must co-design and guide the new global policies and agenda.

At the Gateway of India Geoeconomic Dialogue, we look forward to eliciting fresh ideas on these opportunities and challenges. It is an event that has great minds from global politics and business congregate in Mumbai and propose a creative interface between business and government for sustainable and equitable economic growth within and between countries.”

Ambassador Neelam Deo & Manjeet Kripalani,
Directors and Co-Founders, Gateway House

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12 March, 2018 | Monday

6.15pm – 6.30pm | Welcome Address
Devendra Fadnavis, Chief Minister of Maharashtra
Topic: Mumbai, the Gateway to a Modernising India

6.30pm – 6.50pm | Special Address
Urve Palo, Minister of Entrepreneurship and Information Technology, Republic of Estonia
Topic: Designing a Global Digital Economy

6.55pm – 7.10pm | Keynote Address
Gen. (Dr.) V.K. Singh, Minister for State for External Affairs, Government of India


13 March, 2018 | Tuesday

8.00am – 8.45am | Registration

9.00am – 10.00am | Session One | Breakfast Dialogue
Shyam Saran, former Foreign Secretary, Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India in conversation with
Richard Haass, President, Council on Foreign Relations, New York, USA
Topic: India and the United States in a Changing Asia

10.00am – 11.30am | Session Two | Geoeconomic Dialogue I

Panel DiscussionModerator: K.N. Vaidyanathan, Senior Fellow, Geoeconomic Studies, Gateway House; Chief Risk Officer, Mahindra & Mahindra, Mumbai
Topic: Financialisation: re-shaping the global financial architecture?

Financialisation of economies, once admired, has distorted the productive economy of nations, and led to political and social regression in developed countries and some emerging markets. There is now a global effort to temper financial liberalization. What are the circuit-breakers put in place to prevent such crises? How can new financial innovations be redirected toward the real economy? Can prudent countries like India offer a different model?

Zeti Akhtar Aziz, former Governor, Bank Negara, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
David Rasquinha, Managing Director, EXIM Bank, Mumbai, India
Eric Ben-Artzi, Partner, J & B Consulting, Tel Aviv, Israel
Claude Lopez, Director, International Finance and Macroeconomics Research, Milken Institute, Washington D.C., USA
Kiran Shetty, CEO, SWIFT India

11.30am – 11.45am | Keynote Address
Rajiv Kumar, Vice Chairman, NITI Aayog, New Delhi, India
Topic: New India @ 2022

11.45am – 12.00pm | Coffee Break

12.00pm – 1.15pm | Session Three | Geoeconomic Dialogue II

Panel DiscussionModerator: Andrew Crosby, Managing Director, International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ITCSD), Geneva
Topic: The Future is Trade In Services

The new era of trade is here, and it is about services. Unlike goods, which have cross-border controls and regulations like tariffs, services move across borders with ease, aided by new technologies. It has opened a new era of trade, one that caters to small entrepreneurs and newly exportable businesses. What are the creative regulatory policies, both domestic and global, needed for trade in services to flourish? What is the global framework needed to reflect the priorities of each country?

J.S Deepak, Permanent Representative of India to the World Trade Organization, Geneva
Hector Torres, Senior Fellow, International Law & Research Programme, Centre for International Governance Innovation, Canada
Pascal Kerneis, Managing Director, European Services Forum, Brussels
Patrick Low, Fellow, Asia Global Institute, Hong Kong and former Chief Economist, WTO, Geneva
Juma Al Kait, Assistant Under-Secretary, Foreign Trade, Ministry of Economy, UAE

1.15pm – 2.15pm | Lunch

2.15pm – 3.30pm | Session Four | Geoeconomic Dialogue III

Panel DiscussionModerator: Indira P. Ravindran, Adjunct Fellow, China Studies, Gateway House
Topic: Engaging China, the geoeconomic giant

China’s journey to economic giant status has gathered pace. On the way it has sharpened it’s kit of geoeconomic tools including state-owned enterprises, private companies with digital, financial and manufacturing prowess, multinationals both Chinese and foreign, multilateral institutions, think tanks and universities. Together, these are powering China’s market dominance and economic statecraft. How can developing and developed countries alike engage and compete successfully with this formidable combination?

Prakash Menon, President, Global Retail Business, NIIT Ltd., Shanghai
Claude Smadja, President, Smadja & Smadja Strategic Advisory, Geneva, Switzerland
Ryan Manuel, Director of Policy & Research, Asia Global Institute, Hong Kong
Toshinori Doi, President, Policy Research Institute, Japan

3.30 pm – 4.45 pm | Session Five | Geoeconomic Dialogue IV

Panel DiscussionModerator: Akshay Mathur, Fellow, Geoeconomics Studies and Director of Research and Analysis, Gateway House
Topic: G20: more than a talk-shop

The G20 is facing a mid-life crisis. Its limited economic agenda has expanded to security and sustainable development, making it unwieldy and less effective. Should it reconfigure its agenda? What of its original mandate, of keeping the world safe from economic crises? Can the forum still retain its title of the economic steering committee of the world?

Pedro Villagra Delgado, Argentina’s G20 Sherpa, former Deputy Foreign Minister, Argentina
Heribert Dieter, Senior Research Associate, German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP), Berlin, Germany
Claude Smadja, President, Smadja & Smadja Strategic Advisory, Geneva, Switzerland
Guven Sak, Managing Director, Economic Policy Research Foundation of Turkey (TEPAV), Ankara, Turkey
Danny Alexander, Vice President, Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, Shanghai, China
Amar Bhattacharya, Senior Fellow, Global Economy and Development, Brookings Institution, Washington D.C., USA

4.45pm – 5.15pm | High Tea

5.15pm – 6.30pm | Session Six | Technology Dialogue

Panel DiscussionModerator: Susan Ritchie, Vice President, Technology, Media and Telecommunications, U.S. – India Strategic Partnership Forum (USISPF)
Topic: Technology up-ends existing legislative frameworks  

Artificial intelligence. Unmanned military and commercial systems. Alternate virtual universe. Advanced cyber crimes. These frontier technologies are transforming existing business models and security architecture. And they are operating outside known legal and regulatory frameworks. What legislations need to be crafted to accommodate these innovations and how can they be enforced?

Marina Kaljurand, Chair, Global Commission on Stability of Cyberspace, Brussels, Belgium
TV Mohandas Pai, Chairman, Manipal Global Education, Bangalore, India
Deborah Housen-Couriel, Former member, Director-General’s Bureau, Israel Ministry of Communications; Fellow, Interdisciplinary Cyber Research Center, Tel Aviv University, Israel
Julian Leuthold, Founder & CEO, GetGlobal, Los Angeles, California, USA

6.30pm – 7.45pm | Session Seven | Strategic Dialogue

Panel DiscussionModerator: Rajiv Bhatia, Distinguished Fellow, Foreign Policy Studies, Gateway House
Topic: The Business of the Blue Economy

The Blue Economy considers the reserves of the oceans and rivers as a leverageable economic resource within the accepted framework of sustainable development, and the necessity for desired regional and international cooperation. Business sees the opportunity – but so does geopolitics. The economic imperative of the open seas is coming into direct contestation with the strategic and security imperative of nations. How are businesses and policy-makers responding?

Cyrus Rustomjee, Senior Fellow, Global Economy Program, Centre for International Governance Innovation, Waterloo, Canada
EN Venkat, Partner, Aavishkaar Frontier Fund, Mumbai, India
Reggie Ramos, Former Undersecretary, Department of Transportation, Republic of the Philippines

The second Gateway of India Geoeconomic Dialogue was held on 13-14 February 2017. Co-hosted by Gateway House: Indian Council on Global Relations and the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India, it brought together 370 delegates from 22 countries and 40 expert panelists from 13 nations. The topics that they covered included: the future of globalisation, the use and abuse of capital flows, disruption in global business models due to digitisation and financialisation, challenges in creating a defence industrial base for India, and aligning developmental and diplomatic goals.

GOIGD Website Images-WebsiteThe Gateway of India Geoeconomic Dialogue 2017 | Conference Report | Watch the Conference

The inaugural edition of The Gateway of India Dialogue was held on 13-14 June, 2016 and saw participation by several esteemed members of the Indian and international diplomatic and business communities. There was representation by the Indian government, with seven top officials present, including four ministers. Over 220 delegates from 20 countries attended, with 41 experts from 15 countries featuring on different panels.  The theme, ‘Where Geopolitics meets Business’, covered topics, such as Innovation for Asian Integration, Globalisation of Talent and Movement of Labour, and Strategic Financing for Effective Economic Diplomacy.  The conference received extensive media coverage in more than 700 publications from India and around the world.

The Gateway of India Dialogue 2016 | Conference Report | Watch the Conference

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