Union Minister of External Affairs,Salman Khurshid,emphasized on the importance of connectivity between Central Asia,South Asia and Southeast Asia as a spectrum of economic growth and prosperity of the Asian region on Saturday.
This was said while he was delivering an inaugural lecture at the international conference on Changing Scenario in South Asia: Leveraging Economic Growth for Collective Prosperity.
He acknowledged the contributions of the great leaders of South Asia like Jawaharlal Nehru who had the vision or the script for the region and lamented the fact that these days,events changed the script of development of this region.
He held that every country in the SAARC region has some unfinished agendas to address,be it Nepal,Bangladesh,Sri Lanka,Maldives,Pakistan or Bhutan,including India.
The minister inaugurated this two days long international conference organised by Centre for Research in Rural and Industrial Development (CRRID).
An overview of the programme on cooperative development,peace,and security in South Asia and Central Asia was provided by Pinak Ranjan Chakravarty,Secretary,Public Diplomacy Division,Union Ministry of External Affairs.
Chakravarty highlighted the importance of bringing the foreign policy debate into public domain and urged the participants to use the platform provided by Centre for Research in Rural and Industrial Development to discuss pertinent issues related to economy and trade to facilitate policy planning division in MEA.
Salman Khurshid also released three publications of CRRID,namely South and Central Asia-Quest for Peace and Cooperation,Perspectives on Bilateral and Regional Cooperation: South and Central Asia and Relevance of Tagore in Contemporary India.
More than 50 participants from Bangladesh,Nepal,Maldives,Myanmar,Afghanistan,Pakistan and other parts of India are here for intensive interaction on the theme.
A two-minute clip of the film Siddhartha-The Buddha was also shown by the maker of the film from Sri Lanka,Navin Gooneratne,who stressed that the film was symbolic of compassion and cooperation in the region.