The International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the Government of India will co-host a high-level conference in New Delhi on March 11-13, 2016, to take stock of Asia’s economic performance, its increased resilience to shocks, and the region’s ongoing economic policy challenges.
Titled "Advancing Asia: Investing for the Future", it will bring together senior officials, corporate executives, academics, and civil society representatives from more than 30 countries spanning Asia and the Pacific.
“Advancing Asia provides a forum for Asia-Pacific leaders to discuss a region renowned for its economic successes over the past decades,” said IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde.
The focus of the conference will include the drivers of growth; income inequality, demographic change, and gender; infrastructure investment; climate change; managing capital flows; and financial inclusion, among others.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and IMF chief Lagarde will be among the conference’s keynote speakers. Other official sector participants will include Indian Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, Takehiko Nakao, President of the Asian Development Bank; Bambang Brodjonegoro, Minister of Finance of Indonesia; and Zeti Akhtar Aziz, Governor of Bank Negara Malaysia.
Another highlight of the conference is that young people from around the region have been invited to submit short videos on the conference theme in a Youth Video Contest. Attendance will be by invitation and the proceedings will be live-streamed across TV channels and online.
Delhi Conference is a follow up of the conference "Advancing Asia follows the Asia 21: Leading the Way Forward" that was held in Daejeon, South Korea in 2010, where leaders gathered to discuss the region’s role in a global economy recovering from the Global Financial Crisis.[category, finance]