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It's South Asia's Turn: Talking Development and Economics. Nonstop.

July 25, 2019

Dhaka, Bangladesh & Washington DC, USA

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  • Want to learn more about the economics behind international development? How can we stimulate economic growth, reduce poverty and help people in developing countries?  Join us for a 2-hour South Asia segment of “Econothon” live from Dhaka and Washington DC on July 25, 2019, at 11.00AM (local Bangladesh time) and 01.00 EST.

    South Asia’s potential is unquestionable: the region has boasted the highest growth rate in the world since 2014, its education levels are on the rise, its youth is dynamic and innovative, and its entrepreneurial cities brim with the promise of new technologies. Yet, to fully realize this potential, South Asia needs to overcome major hurdles that stand in the way of greater prosperity.

    The World Bank South Asian Region’s session - It’s South Asia’s Turn - will be part of a 24-hour global “Econothon” where experts from the World Bank Group and beyond will engage a global audience on critical issues that can help South Asia make a turn and become an engine of global growth.

    During the 2-hour session, our guest speakers will highlight South Asia’s unique challenges and opportunities and showcase the region’s wealth of economic analysis that creates an informed, evidence-based debate on possible solutions.

    If you live in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka or are interested in knowing more about our economic analysis and how it contributes to the development efforts in the region, please submit your questions before the event and be part of the live conversation.  Join the discussion here.

  • Discussion points:

    • Introduction: South Asia’s Turn: Challenges and Promises
    • Improving urban planning for more livable South Asian cities
    • Creating more and better jobs, increasing exports, confronting elite capture, supporting private-sector led growth
    • Getting more South Asian women to work
    • Building a climate resilient South Asia
    • Investing in people, building human capital
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    HARTWIG SCHAFER

    World Bank Vice President, South Asia Region
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    HANS TIMMER

    Chief Economist, South Asia Region
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    SAYEMA HAQUE BIDISHA

    Professor, Department of Economics, University of Dhaka
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    MARTIN RAMA

    Chief Economist, Latin America and Carribean
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    YUE LI

    Senior Economist, South Asia Region
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    ROBERT BEYER

    Young Professional, South Asia Region
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    GLADYS LOPEZ-ACEVEDO

    Lead Economist and Global Lead South Asia, Middle East and North Africa, Poverty and Equity
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    ROSY KHANNA

    Regional Industry Director, International Finance Corporation (IFC)
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    FEI DENG

    Country Program Coordinator, Pakistan
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    RITIKA DSOUZA

    Research Analyst, South Asia Region
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    SHWETLENA SABARWAL

    Senior Economist, Education Global Practice
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    FRANCISCA AYODEJI AKALA

    Senior Health Specialist, Human Capital Project
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    MARIA BEATRIZ ORLANDO

    Lead Social Development Specialist, South Asia Region
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    SANJAY KATHURIA

    Lead Economist, Macroeconomics, Trade & Investment
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    PRIYA SHYAMSUNDAR

    Lead Economist, The Nature Conservancy
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    MUTHUKUMARA MANI

    Lead Economist, South Asia Region

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