Themed ‘Vibrant South Asia – Innovative Diaspora’, the 4th South Asian Diaspora Convention (SADC) will bring together more than 800 distinguished guests and more than 30 of the region's leading policymakers and business leaders, academics and civil society leaders as speakers.
The speakers will discuss and debate critical topics on
development and innovation that will affect South Asia’s future and its role in
remaining competitive in the 21st century.
According to the World Bank, South Asia has reclaimed its lead as the fastest growing region globally, driven by the recovery in India. Growth is expected to accelerate to 6.9 percent in 2018 and further strengthen to an average of 7.1 percent in 2019-2020 .
What are the geo-economic and geo-political challenges affecting South Asia? What are the key engines of growth in South Asia and how will new technologies, innovation, skills development and entrepreneurship create an inclusive economy that help drive the region’s growth agenda forward?
The South Asian diaspora attending SADC 2019 will benefit from the unique high impact networking and business opportunities to foster greater investments in the region. SADC 2019 will feature the sub-themes of 'Infrastructure and Smart Cities', 'Women Empowerment in South Asia', 'Technology in Financial Services', 'Business in South Asia: Opportunities and Challenges' and more.
A welcome gala dinner will precede the convention on Friday, 15 November 2019. The evening will witness the honouring of a distinguished member of the South Asian Diaspora. Launched in 2013, the Outstanding Member of the South Asian Diaspora Award recognises the award recipient’s outstanding lifetime achievements, which have left a deep impact on his/her field as well as on society-at-large.
Held in conjunction with SADC, there will be a cricket tournament featuring international and corporate players on Sunday, 17 November 2019. This will be followed by an In-conversation session with Indian cricket legends - Sourav Ganguly and Rahul Dravid - and moderated by Boria Majumdar on the evening of 17 November 2019.