Friday, March 3, 2017

Conference on India’s Strategic Partnership with the Gulf Countries: Next Steps after the UAE Visit.


3 rd March, 2017 | 10:00 AM – 05:00 PM Viceregal Hall, The Claridges Hotel, New Delhi
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rd March, 2017 | 10:00 AM – 05:00 PM
Viceregal Hall, The Claridges Hotel, New Delhi
Agenda
9:30 AM Registration
10:00- 11:00 AM Inaugural session
Chair – Ambassador S K Lambah, Chairman, Ananta Aspen Centre and Former Special Envoy
of the Prime Minister of India
Inaugural address by Mr Amar Sinha, Secretary (Economic Relations), Ministry of External
Affairs, Government Of India
Special address by Dr Ebtesam Al Ketbi, President, Emirates Policy Centre , Abu Dhabi, UAE
11:00-12:00 PM Session I: Political Scenario
Chair – Ambassador Sanjay Singh, Former Secretary (East), Ministry of External Affairs,
Government Of India
i. Ambassador Talmiz Ahmad, Advisor, West Asia & North Africa, Ananta Centre and
Former Ambassador of India to Saudi Arabia, Oman & UAE
(India’s “Strategic Partnership” with the Gulf Countries )
ii. Dr N Janardhan, Policy Analyst, UAE
(Big power role in West Asian Politics: Implications of the Trump Presidency)
12:00-12:15 PM COFFEE BREAK
12:15-1:30 PM Session II: The Economic Scenario
Chair: Mr T S Vishwanath, Principal Adviser, APJ – SLG Law Offices
Panel Discussion
i. Dr Arunabha Ghosh, CEO, Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW)
(Energy in India-Gulf Relations)
ii. Mr Sharad Agarwal, Chief Executive Officer, India , Emirates NBD Bank (P.J.S.C)
(Overcoming Obstacles to the Expansion of India-Gulf Investments and Joint
Ventures)
iii. Dr Babu Lal, Executive Director, BHEL
(Beyond Oil: India’s Role in the Promotion of the Saudi “Vision 2030”)
1:30 -2:30 PM LUNCH
2.30-3.30 PM Session III: Shaping an Indian Strategic Role in the Gulf
Chair: Ambassador P S Raghavan, Convenor, National Security Advisory Board, Former Indian
Ambassador to Russia
i. Ambassador TCA Raghavan, Former High Commissioner of India to Pakistan
(Promoting India-Gulf Security Ties)
ii. Vice Admiral Anup Singh, Former Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Eastern Naval
Command, Indian Navy
(Ensuring Maritime Security in the Gulf and the Arabian Sea )
iii. Mr Pramit Pal Chaudhuri, Distinguished Fellow and Head, Strategic Affairs at Ananta
Aspen Centre & Foreign Editor, Hindustan Times
(India-Gulf Defence Cooperation: Opportunities and Challenges)
3.30 -3.45 PM COFFEE BREAK
3.45 – 5:00 PM Session IV: Panel Discussion: Next Steps After the UAE Visit
Chair: Ambassador Talmiz Ahmad, Adviser, West Asia & North Africa, Ananta Centre and
Former Ambassador of India to Saudi Arabia, Oman & UAE
Discussants:
i. Dr Ebtesam Al Ketbi, President, Emirates Policy Centre, Abu Dhabi, UAE
ii. Ambassador Niraj Srivastava, Independent International Affairs Consultant, Former
Ambassador of India to Uganda and Denmark
iii. Ms Indrani Bagchi, Diplomatic Editor, Times of India

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