Media Launch


UN Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific 2018

Tuesday, 8 May 2018, 10.00 a.m.,

at ICRIER Conference Room

(Core 6A, 4th Floor), India Habitat Centre (IHC)

Lodhi Road, New Delhi -110003


Building on steady economic growth, how can Governments in Asia and the Pacific ensure that such performance is sustained over time, is inclusive and has minimal environmental implications? What is the near-term macroeconomic outlook in the region — more specifically the South and South-West Asian subregion — and what are the major current and emerging challenges?

These are some of the questions analysed in the Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific 2018; the latest flagship publication of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP). The Survey will also examine the challenges that rapid technological advancements are posing in terms of job polarization, income and wealth inequalities, along with the impact China’s pursuit of innovative, inclusive and sustainable economic growth could have on the region’s economies.

Every year, the Survey discusses regional economic progress, provides cutting-edge analysis and guides policy discussion on current and emerging economic and development issues to support sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth. It is the longest running and only publication by an international organization that covers the entire Asian and Pacific region (53 Member States and 9 associate Members).

The Survey will be launched in New Delhi onTuesday 8 May 2018 at ICRIER Conference Room, IHC, by Dr. Rupa ChandaHead, ESCAP South and South-West Asia Office and Dr. Jaimini Bhagwati, Reserve Bank of India Chair Professor, ICRIER.



10.00 a.m.

Arrival of guests and registration (Tea and Coffee)

10.30 a.m.

Welcome remarksRepresentative of the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) for India and Bhutan

10:35 a.m.

Unveiling of the Survey by theChief Guest, Dr. Jaimini Bhagwati, Reserve Bank of India Chair Professor, ICRIER


10:40 a.m.

Presentation of key findings from the Survey 2018, by 
Dr. Rupa Chanda, Head, ESCAP South and South-West Asia Office

11:00 a.m.

Remarks by Dr. Jaimini Bhagwati, Reserve Bank of India Chair Professor, ICRIER

11.20 a.m.

Q&A with representatives from the media/open discussion


Closing of the event


Short profiles of speakers

Dr. Jaimini Bhagwati is Reserve Bank of India Chair Professor, ICRIER. Dr. Bhagwati was educated at St. Stephen’s College, Tufts University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He is also currently chairman of the Infrastructure Development Finance Corporation (IDFC) Alternatives and board member of IDFC’s holding company. He was India’s High Commissioner to the United Kingdom and India’s Ambassador to the European Union, Belgium and Luxembourg. He has held senior positions in the Ministry of External Affairs.

Dr Bhagwati was Joint Secretary (Capital Markets, Pension Reforms and External Commercial Borrowings) in the Ministry of Finance (MoF). He has worked for eleven years in Washington DC in the World Bank’s Treasury. His responsibilities at the World Bank included bond funding, derivatives transactions and asset-liability management. Dr Bhagwati has authored research publications in ICRIER, at the World Bank and in several books. He is an occasional columnist in Business Standard (an Indian daily newspaper).


Dr. Rupa Chanda is the Head, ESCAP South and South-West Asia Office, based in New Delhi. Formerly, she was the RBI Chair Professor in Economics and a faculty member at the Indian Institute of Management Bangalore where she taught courses in Macroeconomics and International Trade across various programmes. She has served IIM Bangalore in various administrative capacities including Faculty Nominee on the institute Board of Governors and Department Chair.

She received her PhD in Economics from Columbia University and her Bachelors from Harvard University, USA. She is a recipient of several teaching awards and distinctions. Before joining IIMB, she worked as an economist at the IMF in Washington, DC. She is a member of several committees and councils in India and was appointed as a member of the WHO’s Expert Committee on International Health Regulations in 2015-16.

She has published extensively in the form of book chapters, books, edited volumes, journal articles, reports and discussion papers in her research areas. She has presented her work atconferences, workshops, and seminars, bothnationally and internationally.






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