Despite its natural advantages, the Bay of Bengal region lags economically, in part due to insufficient connectivity between the member nations. Improving financial connectivity between them is the first step to easing movement of goods, services and people. Greater financial collaboration also can help the region mitigate the impact of ongoing geopolitical upheavals that have caused food and energy prices to rise.
On Feb 26, the Akshaya Patra Foundation was conferred the prestigious Gandhi Peace Prize by the President of India. It began as a charitable venture in 2000, serving a nutritious lunch to 1,500 children in five Bangalore schools. The meal was so well received that a year later the Indian government mandated a nutritious lunch meal to be served in every government school. Akshaya Patra, a partner with the central and state government in this effort, is now the world’s largest mid-day meal programme, and served its 3 billionth meal this month. This successful public-private partnership uses high technology, engineering, world-class logistics and management to achieve its goals. But it also ensures India’s food security by sourcing grains and vegetables from local farmers, which in turn preserves the diversity of regional food habits and nutrition.
Akshay Patra’s case study on food security was written especially for, and presented at, the ThinkTank20 (T20) meeting hosted by Gateway House in Mumbai in February 2018. The T20 is an official sub-forum of the G20, and the 2018 meeting was held under the G20 presidency of Argentina, one of the world’s largest producers and exporters of agricultural products. Food security and sustainable agriculture was one of the three key issues for Argentina’s G20 Presidency – a focus which India also shares
Gateway House and the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India, co-hosted the second Gateway of India Geoeconomic Dialogue (GOIGD) on 12-13 March 2018. It brought together over 275 delegates from 30 countries and 40 expert panelists from 16 nations.
Gateway House and the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India, co-hosted the second Gateway of India Geoeconomic Dialogue (GOIGD) on 13-14 February 2017. It brought together 370 delegates from 22 countries and 40 expert panellists from 13 nations.
This compendium offers perspectives on topics that preoccupy policymakers and which will be discussed at The Gateway of India Geoeconomic Dialogue 2017. Is the world really becoming de-globalized? Can the Reserve Bank of India step into a new role in the rapidly digitizing India? Who pays the real penalty for tax avoidance and tax evasion? Does India have a standing in the Indo-Pacific or does it have to work harder to be a serious participant? Is there really a new geopolitics and security game afoot in the waters of Asia? And—the Silk Route was preceded by a cotton route from India to China; can this be revived to strategic advantage in the Great Corridor Buildout by China and Russia in Asia?
On 13-14 June 2016, the first Gateway of India Dialogue was held in Mumbai, India. The conference's theme, 'Where Geopolitics Meets Business', was appropriate for an event that brought the insights of India's energised foreign policy to a city that serves as the country's financial and business centre.
This compendium offers perspectives on topics that preoccupy policymakers and which will be discussed at The Gateway of India Dialogue. These include the economic fragmentation effect of mega-trade deals, the international financial architecture’s resistance to correcting its pro-rich countries bias despite the changing nature of global capital flows, India’s need to derisk its import-heavy energy policy and dependence on supplies from a volatile West Asia, Mumbai’s position as a regional financial centre, and the subterranean role of hawala in terrorism financing, and the challenges this poses for national security.