ADB is a very unique regional development bank working closely on economic growth with two out of the five BRICS countries, namely the People’s Republic of China (PRC) and India. Apart from these two emerging economic giants, several other Asian countries will achieve upper-middle income nation status by year 2020. This implies that sharing development knowledge and expertise through south-south cooperation (SSC), in particular in the areas of transport, urban development, and social safety net, can lead to effective solutions to common development challenges, both within and across regions. Developing countries in Asia have accumulated effective development practices, and achieved substantial results in various domains, but SSC remains largely uncharted territory, with enormous potential for further exploration. The proposed seminar will discuss the possible expanded role of developing Asia as a driver of SSC within and beyond Asia. The eminent panelists will share their views of what does and does not work based on their experience. Valuable experiences from India will also be highlighted.
Manager for Integration and Trade Sector, Inter-American Development Bank
Director of Strategy, African Development Bank
Naina Lal Kidwai
President, Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry
Member of the Spanish Council of State
Moderator: Zeinab Badawi
Presenter, BBC News