Year 2013-14

1. Name of the Project: Curtain Raiser on BIMSTEC and Exploratory Trip; Yangon

Curtain Raiser on BIMSTEC and Exploratory Trip; Yangon was organized during May 15-16, 2013 in Yangon.

Source of Funding: Institute of Foreign Policy Studies, University of Calcutta.

Nature of the Project: The Curtain Raiser was a prelude to the 3rd BIMSTEC Summit held in Myanmar. It involved mobilizing the BIMSTEC Country Missions in Myanmar and prepare the ground for the 3rd BIMSTEC summit. The importance of the Curtain Raiser was that it pushed the government of Myanmar which, as the Chair of BIMSTEC to hold the 3rd Summit of the group. Myanmar was supposed to hold the Summit in the year 2011 but was not holding it. Thus the Curtain Raiser mobilized the Ambassadors of all BIMSTEC countries in Myanmar and with the involvement of our embassy in Yangon a case was made for the 3rd BIMSTEC Summit. A report on the potentials of BIMSTEC was released and distributed among the BIMSTEC country representatives. This, in a way, was an input to the 3rd BIMSTEC Summit that was held on 4th March 2014 in Yangon.

2. Name of the Project: 9th K2K (Kolkata to Kunming) Forum

9th K2K (Kolkata to Kunming) Forum was organized during November 21-22, 2012 in Kolkata in collaboration with Institute of Foreign Policy Studies, University of Calcutta.

Source of Funding: Public Diplomacy Division, Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India; Institute of Foreign Policy Studies, University of Calcutta; and West Bengal Industrial Development Corporation (WBIDC), Govt. of West Bengal.

Nature of the project: To promote closer engagement in the fields of business, education, health, science and technology, tourism and culture between South Western Region of China and Eastern India including North-East Parts of India, a Forum was formed in the year 2002. It is known as the K2K (Kolkata to Kunming) Forum and is the only Civilian bilateral initiative between India and China at the “Provincial and Sub-regional level” to facilitate economic (trade and investment), and other interactions between both the regions.

During 21-22 November 2013, the Forum was held in Kolkata. It was inaugurated by the Hon’ble Governor of West Bengal in the Presence of Hon’ble Minister for Commerce and Industries of West Bengal and Tripura. Besides, Members of Parliament, Senior Government Officials of various East and Northeastern States and all leading Chambers of Commerce of Eastern India have participated in the Forum. It was organized by CSIRD in collaboration with the Institute of Foreign Policy (IFPS), University of Calcutta, sponsored by Public Diplomacy Division, Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India and co-sponsored by West Bengal Industrial Development Corporation.

From the Chinese side, a 20 member official delegation attended the program in Kolkata. In addition to that 30 member business delegation comprising two Chambers of Commerce had also accompanied the official Chinese delegation. Most of these business delegation members are potential investors and had fruitful business interactions with Indian entrepreneurs in that Forum. 5 MoUs were signed; the first one was between CII and Yunnan Provincial Chamber of Commerce and 2nd one was between the Calcutta Chamber of Commerce and Yunnan Provincial Chamber of Commerce (YPCC). Three other MoUs were signed between the Universities of West Bengal and Universities of Yunnan Province of China.

3. Name of the Project: Exchange, Engagements and Encounters

Exchange, Engagements and Encounters: Connecting India and Eurasia was organized during January 8-9, 2014 in Kolkata in association with Indian Foreign Policy Studies (IFPS), University of Calcutta.

Source of Funding: Eurasia Division, Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India.

Nature of the Project: A two day conference was organized in Kolkata on the above subject with the participation of scholars and diplomats of Eurasian countries. The seminar was organized in association with Institute of Foreign Policy Studies, University of Calcutta and sponsored by Eurasia Division, Ministry of External Affairs, Govt. of India. It focused on the potential of economic, academic and cultural cooperation between India and the Eurasian countries and the emergence of Eurasia as an effective regional organization with active Indian initiative. The proceedings of the seminar were complied as a Report and in the process of publication as an edited volume.

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