March 29, 2012 1:03:57 am
A three-day International Conference on Cooperative Development,Peace and Security in South and Central Asia was organised at Centre for Research in Rural and Industrial Development (CRRID),Sector 19,on Wednesday.
Delivering the inaugural address,T K A Nair,adviser to the Prime Minister,stressed the need for connectivity and cooperation among neighbouring countries to build harmonious relations. Pinak Ranjan Chakravarty,Special Secretary (Public Diplomacy),Ministry of External Affairs,said putting the initiatives of the ministry online had considerably increased public participation in these programmes.
Chakravarty highlighted that after the ministry started giving information about these initiatives on its website,a number of Indians living in the country and abroad also posted their feedback online regarding these programmes.
A total of 23 delegates from Pakistan,Nepal,Bangladesh,Sri Lanka,Russia and other countries are attending the conference. The delegates discussed diverse issues of mutual interest in neighbouring countries like trade,investment,joint ventures,agriculture,health and education.
The delegates said that the discussions should help the participating countries in understanding the challenges being faced by each other,and pave the way for cooperative development of the region.
Earlier,welcoming the participants,CRRID director general Sucha Singh Gill said the conference would demarcate Indias willingness and capacity as an emerging power to take South and Central Asia into a phase of fast social and economic transformation.
Executive vice-chairman,CRRID,Dr Rashpal Malhotra introduced the theme of the conference. The vote of thanks for todays deliberations was delivered by Prof R P Bambah.
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