INDIA'S EMERGING ROLE IN REGION AND WORLD

NEW DELHI (Feb. 26) - India's emerging role in the region and the world, its economic growth, its need for further reforms and its future relationship with Asia's other giant -- China -- were themes that dominated an East-West Center forum this week in New Delhi.

The 3rd Asia Pacific Executive Forum, "India in a Global and Regional Context," gathered business executives, government policymakers and academics to discuss India's economy, policies and future role. For summaries of all forum discussions, please check the Confederation of Indian Industry's website at http://www.ciionline.org and hit News at the top of the left-hand column. Titles of each forum discussion and individual links are listed below.

Co-organized by the East-West Center and the Confederation of Indian Industry, the Feb. 22-24 conference was the first of the East-West Center's Asia Pacific Executive Forums to focus on a single country.

Among the many speakers were Che Abdul Daim Zainuddin, member of Malaysia's parliament and former finance minister; Kishor Chaukar, managing director of Tata Industries; R.M. Abhyankar, secretary of India's Ministry of External Affairs; Vikram Singh Mehta, chief executive of the Shell Group of Companies in India; Vijay Kelkar, adviser to India's minister of finance; Edward Luce, South Asia Bureau Chief, Financial Times; Michael Clark, executive director of the U.S.-India Business Council; N. Kumar, vice chairman, The Sanmar Group; Clyde Prestowitz, president of the Economic Strategy Institute; S.N. Menon, special secretary, India's Ministry of Commerce; Hiroshi Hirabayashi, Japanese ambassador to France; Narongchai Akrasanee, former minister of commerce in Thailand and chairman of Seranee Holdings Ltd.; Thomas Foley, former speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives and former U.S. ambassador to Japan; and Anand Mahindra, president of the Confederation of Indian Industry and managing director, Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd.

East-West Center speakers were Charles E. Morrison, president; Muthiah Alagappa, director of East-West Center Washington; Fereidun Fesharaki, the East-West Center's oil and energy specialist; and Tianshu Chu, the Center's specialist on the China economy.

All forum summaries listed at http://www.ciionline.org  and hit News at the top of the left-hand column.

Individual links to each summary:

1. India committed to rule-based trading system (24 Feb 2004) http://www.ciionline.org/news/newsMain.asp?news_id=224200421519PM

2. India, China share strengths and weaknesses (24 Feb) http://www.ciionline.org/news/newsMain.asp?news_id=224200422052PM

3. ASEAN and India move closer on pragmatic policies (24 Feb) http://www.ciionline.org/news/newsMain.asp?news_id=224200451450PM

4. Steel package a welcome development (24 Feb) http://www.ciionline.org/news/newsMain.asp?news_id=225200492239AM

5. "No dark cloud in Indo-US relation" (24 Feb) http://www.ciionline.org/news/newsMain.asp?news_id=225200492717AM

6. Indian steel alliance chairman welcomes steel package (24 Feb) http://www.ciionline.org/news/newsMain.asp?news_id=225200493209AM

7. CII survey reveals optimistic exports scenario (23 Feb, 2004) http://www.ciionline.org/news/newsMain.asp?news_id=223200424637PM

8. India calls for preserving Iraq's territorial integrity (23 Feb) http://www.ciionline.org/news/newsMain.asp?news_id=223200425606PM

9. Shell Group CEO calls for a strong independent oil industry regulator (23 Feb) http://www.ciionline.org/news/newsMain.asp?news_id=223200430012PM

10. Network industry will drive Indian Economy: Kelkar (23 Feb) http://www.ciionline.org/news/newsMain.asp?news_id=223200452521PM

11. Off-shoring is a result of US restructuring, says N K Singh (23 Feb) http://www.ciionline.org/news/newsMain.asp?news_id=224200493149AM

12. Indian manufacturing can fly: Tun Daim Zainuddin (22 Feb, 2004) http://www.ciionline.org/news/newsMain.asp?news_id=223200491033AM

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