National University of Singapore is getting ready to host South Asian Diaspora Convention in November 2013

Published Date:   Sunday, Oct 20, 2013

Singapore to host second South Asian Diaspora Convention (SADC) aimed at “Connecting Global South Asians”. The event will be supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Singapore (MFA), Ministry of Trade and Industry, Singapore (MTI), Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and the Singapore Business Federation (SBF). The Institute of South Asian Studies (ISAS), which is part of the National University of Singapore, will host the second South Asian Diaspora Convention (SADC) in Singapore from 21-23 November 2013.
 
SADC will feature lively debates on topics spanning politics, business, media and arts amongst some of South Asia's most prominent thought leaders. The theme for this year’s convention is Connecting Global South Asians and the event will be held at Suntec Singapore. Prominent political, business, and social leaders from India and Pakistan as well as other countries in South Asia are expected to speak at SADC 2013. Senior Cabinet Ministers from Singapore will also engage in a constructive dialogue with the attending South Asian leaders.
 
SADC 2013 will feature more than 40 thought leaders including some of the region’s top policymakers, business and industry leaders, as well as key figures in academia, media, culture, and civil society. “The inaugural SADC event in 2011 was very well received with close to 1,000 delegates. This year we expect to welcome over 1,500 delegates from around the globe,” said Ambassador Gopinath Pillai, Chairman of ISAS and Chairman of SADC Organising Committee. “With Singapore providing a neutral and dynamic platform, we aim to foster deeper links within the South Asian diaspora as well as between South and South East Asia. He added: “SADC 2013 will aim to provide a unique, one-of-a-kind platform to tap into the investment opportunities in South Asia.”
 
For this purpose, a focused South Asia business meet will be arranged on the sidelines of the
conference to facilitate partnerships between organizations looking to grow their presence in the region and expand their network. Delegates will also get a chance to meet first hand a wide spectrum of business leaders of South Asia.
 
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