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The Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry and The Institute of South East Asian Studies, Singapore, with the support of Ministry of External Affairs of India and SAEA GROUP, organised Delhi Dialogue. This will be a second track initiative that would focus on concerns of  Regional Security and what needs to be done to build Sustainable Economic Growth in the Region. 

India has been having a Look East policy, for quite some time and now with the India ASEAN FTA Agreement becoming a reality, it was felt that there is a need to create a Forum for continuing Dialogue, where, critical issues like Security, Terrorism, could be debated with the objective of the concerned stakeholders working as close partners to build a safe, secure and prosperous region.

The Hon’ble Minister of External Affairs of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee and the ASEAN Secretary General, HE Dr Surin Pitsuwan launched the inaugural Delhi Dialogue held at the FICCI Federation House from 21-22 January 2009.




Regional Security and Cooperation Dialogue
21- 22 January 2009, Federation House, New Delhi

January 21, 2009

11.30–11.50 hrs

Registration and Coffee

11.50 hrs

To be seated

1200-1315 hrs


Session Moderated by : Dr Amit Mitra, Secretary General – FICCI

Welcome & Opening Remarks by  : Mr Rajeev Chandrasekhar, MP &
President – FICCI

Special Address by : HE Dr Surin Pitsuwan(Secretary General, ASEAN)

Key Note Address :  Shri Pranab Mukherjee , Hon’ble Minister for External Affairs, Government of India

Concluding Remarks by  : Mr K  Kesavapany, Director, Institute of South East Asian Studies, Singapore

1315 – 1415 hrs


1315 – 1700 hrs


Energy Security: The Way Forward for ASEAN & India

Session Moderator : Mr Yogendra Kumar, Additional Secretary, Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India

Address by:  Mr R V Shahi, Chairman, Energy Infratech Pvt Ltd & Former Secretary, Govt of India

Address by : Ambassador Pou Sothirak, Former Cambodian Ambassador to Japan

Address by : Mr Asad-ul Iqbal Latif, Visiting Research Fellow, ISEAS, Singapore

Address by : Mr Sanjay Verma, Director – Energy Security & ITP, Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India

Question and Answer Session

Concluding Remarks by Moderator

1930 hrs DINNER -  Hosted by : Mr N Ravi, Secretary, East, Ministry of External Affairs


January 22, 2009

1030-1300 hrs


Global Financial Turmoil : Economic Security Concerns for India & ASEAN

Session Moderator : Mr R Ravindran, Former Member of Parliament & Chairman, SAEA Group Research, Singapore

Address by : Dr Subir V Gokarn, Chief Economist, Standard & Poor’s (Asia  Pacific)

Address by : Dr Suthad Setboonsarang, Former Senior Partner, Pricewaterhouse Coopers, Thailand

Address by :  Ambassador Ong Keng Yong, Former Secretary General, ASEAN

Address by :  Dr Saumitra Chaudhuri, Member, Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister

Question & Answer Session
Concluding Remarks by Moderator

1300–1400 hrs


1400-1600 hrs


ASEAN – India Connectivity, Logistics & Security Concerns 

Session Moderator : Mr N Ravi, Secretary – East, Ministry of External Affairs 

Address by : Mr OK Darariddh,Under Secretary of State of Tourism, Cambodia

Address by : Mr. Kazuhiko Higuchi,, Director, South Asia Transport and Communications Division, Asian Development Bank, Philippines

Address by :  Dr Theo Sambuaga, Member of Parliament & Chairman of Indonesian DPR Commission – I (Defence & Foreign Affairs)

Address by : Mr Zulkifli bin Baharudin, Managing Director, Global Integrators Pte Ltd, Singapore and Ambassador to Algeria

Address by: Dr Pavin Chachavalpongpun, Visiting Research Fellow,
Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS), Singapore

Question and Answer Session

Concluding remarks by Moderator

The Delhi Dialogue aims to provide such a forum for Policy makers, Think Tanks,  Academics and business people to engage in a manner that animates fresh policy thinking and innovative solutions to challenges facing the region. The dialogue intends to provide a new impetus to this partnership. This would be the first such dialogue which
would be repeated annually.

Delhi Dialogue I will focus on:

1) Energy Security: The way forward for ASEAN & India

Energy security is an imperative for continued Economic growth and prosperity of the Region. The global energy security is on the threshold of very exciting changes and Asia is the center of these changes. 

At the 12th ASEAN summit in Cebu, Philippines in 2007 , the Head of Nations of ASEAN and India, recognized the limited global reserves of fossil energy and acknowledged the fact that renewable Energy and nuclear power will represent an increasing share of global supply

The discussions would encompass various issues of Energy Security, unstable world prices of fuels, worsening problems of environment & health and the need to strengthen renewable energy development,  such as in bio-fuels etc.


2) Global Financial Turmoil: Economic Security Concerns for India & ASEAN
The Financial Meltdown has already started showing its impacts across the globe and across the sectors. The Governments are keeping a close watch on the evolving economic situation and announcing stimulus package to reverse the downturn.

There is a need to view this financial downturn in terms of how regulation would help and can this region continue to insulate itself from similar crisis in the future.


3) ASEAN India Connectivity, Logistics & Security Concern
India, over the years, has embarked on a process of striking a vigorous connectivity'' with the ASEAN. India and ASEAN have realized that greater connectivity as the fulcrum of regional economic integration, 

The Hon’ble Prime Minister of India, Dr. Manmohan Singh, at the 5th ASEAN-India Summit in Cebu in 2007, proposed for a dialogue on an Open Skies Agreement, which would fully liberalise air services between ASEAN and India, and foster greater interaction and movement

There is scope for further integration of shipping, road and rail links between our two Regions, keeping in view the overall security concerns.



Please complete and send this response form by 10 January 2009 to Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) at, or .

For overseas participants, FICCI had blocked Hotel Le Meridien at a special rate of Rs.9,000/- only, inclusive of  breakfast  &  taxes. Kindly block your Hotel directly to Ms Madhumita Bhattacharya, Sales Manager, Le Meriden, New Delhi. Tel : +91 11 2371 0101, Email:, by January 7, 2009.

In case you have any queries, regarding The Delhi Dialogue I, you may like to contact FICCI’s contact persons Ms Vedika Kapoor, Tel  Dir. + 91 11 23765321 , 23738760-70, ext: 330, Fax : + 91 11 23765316, Email :


Conference Sponsors

The organisers will like to extend our warm gratitude to the main sponsors of Delhi Dialogue I (2009) – Jupiter Capital (India), Indiabulls (India) and Singapore Technologies Engineering (Singapore).

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