11th Annual SANEI Conference 21-22 December 2012 Dhaka, Bangladesh
11th Annual SANEI Conference
11th Annual SANEI Conference 21-22 December 2012 Dhaka, Bangladesh
- 21 Dec, 2011
The 11th Annual SANEI Conference was held during 21-22 December 2011 at the Ruposhi Bangla Hotel, Dhaka. The Conference was organized by the SANEI Secretariat in association with BIDS.
The theme of the 11th Annual SANEI Conference was South Asia: Facing Challenges of Global Markets.
Professor T N Srinivasan, Samuel C Park Jr Professor of Economics, Yale University, USA and Chairman, SANEI Research Advisory Panel (RAP) chaired the Inaugural Session which was attended by distinguished academics, economists as well as reviewers, researchers, policy makers, representatives of various government and donor agencies, media and other professionals.
The Coordinator of SANEI & Director General of BIDS, Mustafa K Mujeri, marked the beginning of the session with his opening remarks that summed SANEI's activities and achievements over the year. This was followed by remarks by Ramona Margareta Naqvi, Senior Political Scientist & Director, Program Management, GDN (Global Development Network).
The inaugural session was also addressed by the Chief Guest - Abul Maal Abdul Muhith, Honorable Minister, Ministry of Finance, Government of the People's Republic of Bangladesh. The Honorable Minister highlighted important aspects of the growth process of Bangladesh and the implications of current global economic changes on economies of South Asian countries. The Finance Minister observed that SANEI has been playing an important role in developing research capabilities in the region and expanding regional cooperation among the countries of South Asia and beyond. He has expressed his confidence that SANEI would play a more prominent role in developing research capacities and supporting exchange of views and knowledge among the researchers and policy makers in South Asia to the mutual benefit of the people of the region.
The stimulating Inaugural Session was followed by a Panel Discussion on Economic Development in South Asia: Sharing Experience Chaired by Wahiduddin Mahmud, Chairman, SANEI Steering Committee.
The RAP & SC Members of SANEI: T N Srinivasan, M Ali Khan, Mohsin S Khan, S R Osmani, Rashid Amjad, Asoka Gunawardena, Mustafa K Mujeri, M Govinda Rao, Parthasarathi Shome, were the panel discussants of this session.
The Panel Discussion was followed by three parallel sessions on Commodity Price Volatility and Its Impact, Welfare Implications of Price Volatility, Market Integration and Price Transmissions simultaneously. A total of nine research papers of the 12th Round were presented in the parallel sessions. Each presenter received feedback from their respective RAP Member as well as fellow researchers and experts.
The first Parallel Session on Commodity Price Volatility and Its Impact was chaired by S R Osmani. Namrata Ghosh from India Development Foundation (IDF), presented a paper titled 'Market Integration in Agricultural Commodities: A Study on 'Impact of Movement in Prices on Household Welfare', Monzur Hossain from Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies (BIDS) presented a paper titled 'Global Commodity Price Volatility and Domestic Inflation: Impact on the Performance of the Financial Sector of Bangladesh,1999-2010', and N R Bhanumurthy and Surajit Das presented a paper titled 'Oil Price Shock and Its Impact on India'.
In the second Parallel Session on Welfare Implications of Price Volatility, papers were presented by Anil Kuruvila from Kerela Agricultural University (KAU), Dibyendu Maiti from Institute of Economic Growth (IEG), Saibal Kar from Centre for studies in Social Sciences (CSSS) India, which was chaired by T N Srinivasan. Anil Kuruvila presented his paper titled 'Assessing the Implications of International Price Volatility and Transmission on Indian Agricultural Prices in the Context of Trade Liberalization'. Dibyendu Maiti presented a paper on 'Anti-Dumping, Competitiveness and Consumer Welfare: A Study on Commodity Prices with a Special Reference to India' and Saibal Kar's paper was entitled 'Climate Change, Food Prices and Poverty in India'.
The third Parallel Session on Market Integration and Price Transmissions was chaired by M Ali Khan. Abdul Ghafoor from University of Agriculture (UoA) Pakistan, Usman Mustafa from Pakistan Institute of Development Economics (PIDE), Syed Naimul Wadood from the University of Dhaka were the presenters with their respective studies on 'Market Integration and Price Transmission in Rice Markets of Pakistan', 'Evaluating Global Commodity Price Fluctuation and its Implication for Pakistan Agriculture: An Application of Policy Analysis Matrix', and 'An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of Delinking of Local Wholesale Prices with International Prices: The Case of Rice Market in Bangladesh'.
Later in the evening, a Dinner Speech was made by Isher judge Ahluwalia, Chairperson, Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER), India and SANEI Representative to the GDN on Challenges of Urbanization in India. The Dinner Session was moderated by Mustafa K Mujeri and Wahiduddin Mahmud.
The second day started with yet another thought-provoking Public Lecture on Expending Indiaâ€“Pakistan Trade which was chaired by Rehman Sobhan, Chairman, Centre for Public Dialogue (CPD). Mohsin S Khan, Senior Fellow, Peterson Institute for International Economics, Washington, USA, and SANEI RAP Member was the speaker of this session.
Later in the day, GDN Team made a presentation on Effective Public Service Delivery in Education, Health and Water: Evidence from GDN's Study in India, Nepal, and Bangladesh. The session was chaired by Ramona Margareta Naqvi, Senior Political Scientist & Director, Program Management, Global Development Network (GDN) and the three speakers were Jyotsna Jha of Centre for Budget and Policy Studies (India), Devendra Prasad Shrestha of Policy Research Development (Nepal) and Malik Amir Abdullah Nadvi of Unnayan Shamannay (Bangladesh).
SANEI AGM and SCM
The Annual General Meeting (AGM) and the Steering Committee Meeting (SCM) of SANEI were held back to back in the evening. The meeting was moderated by Mustafa K Mujeri. The RAP and the SC Members of SANEI discussed relevant issues including review of SANEI's past activities and various other organizational issues related to SANEI.
Overall, the two-day conference was a successful one that ended with a warm note. Some of the participants were enthusiastic to discover Dhaka so they were taken on a tour around the city even within the limited time that was available to them. They highly enjoyed the warmth of the city dwellers and shopped at the local boutiques energetically.