Reynolds Holds Summit on Economic Integration in South Asia

by March 1, 2019

The Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism hosted “Benefits of South Asia Economic Integration: A Journalism Summit” Feb. 24 through Feb. 27 at the JW Marriott Marquis in Dubai.  More than 60 journalists from India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Nepal came together to discuss the topic of economic and business integration in the region.

South Asia is consistently ranked as one of the fastest growing economic regions in the world. The region has struggled to integrate economically, however, limiting even more potential growth.

“Our six-nation South Asia Economic Integration Summit continues the Reynolds Center mission since 2003 of bringing together journalists who can make a difference in the world,” said Andrew Leckey, president of the Reynolds Center. “Like our training of more than 30,000 journalists and our investigative business journalism awards, it was run by journalists for journalists in order to expand their horizons through thoughtful discussions with each other as well as noted experts.”

Speakers for the event included Dr. Nagesh Kumar, the Director of Social Development Division, United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific; Patchamuthu Illangovan, World Bank Country Director for Pakistan; Dr. Posh Raj Pandey, Chairman of South Asia Watch on Trade Economics and Environment; and James Crabtree, author and former Financial Times bureau chief in Mumbai.

The summit was sponsored by the Reynolds Center, the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University and the U.S. Department of State. The Reynolds Center will publish coverage from the region inspired by the summit later this summer.

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