In a region with more than 1.6 billion people, South Asian nations such as India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Bangladesh present both incredible economic opportunity and vast economic challenges. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton introduced the concept of “economic statecraft,” a strategy to channel America’s economic and diplomatic strengths to address these types of challenges. As part of this strategy, public-private partnerships between the U.S. government and private sector investors will play a key role in promoting economic growth and prosperity across the region. How these private companies and governments coordinate their various expertise and resources into a coherent development strategy will contribute to the economic future of the countries of South Asia.
Please join the Center for American Progress for a panel discussion on U.S. economic statecraft and private investment in South Asia.
Neera Tanden, President, Center for American Progress
Parag Saxena, Founding General Partner & CEO, New Silk Route Partners
Ambassador Marc Grossman, Vice Chairman, The Cohen Group; former U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan
William Byrd, Afghanistan Senior Expert, United States Institute of Peace
Caroline Wadhams, Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress
Rich Verma, Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress
A light lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m.