Press Release – South Asia Growth Conference 2013

Top policy-makers and researchers from across South Asia will join leading experts to debate the latest ideas for stimulating economic growth in South Asia at a conference hosted by the International Growth Centre (IGC)’s India-Central team, in conjunction with the teams from the Bangladesh, India-Bihar and Pakistan programmes of the IGC.

The South Asia Growth conference is the second annual IGC conference in South Asia, and provides a platform for the presentation of research undertaken by the IGC South Asia country programmes, and to promote regional dialogue with policymakers who will be able to comment on the relevance and findings of IGC research and allow researchers to incorporate these comments into their work.

Issues being presented include:

  • The barriers to small firm growth in Pakistan
  • How arsenic poisoning could be avoided for as little as IND20
  • Why bicycles are preferred to cash in rural Bihar
  • Whether foreign investors can destabilise the Indian stock market
  • The impacts of the mis-measurement of poverty in India
  • Why policymakers need to be careful about using exchange rate policy as a development policy in Bangladesh
  • Why the child malnutrition rate is higher in India than other South Asian countries

Speakers and attendees include:

  • Raghuram Rajan (Indian Ministry of Finance)
  • Abhijit Banerjee (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
  • Tony Venables (IGC; University of Oxford)
  • Pronab Sen (IGC India-Central, National Statistics Commission)
  • Amarjeet Singh (Indian Ministry of Human Resource Development)
  • M Musharraf Hossain Bhuiyan (Government of Bangladesh)
  • Maitreesh Ghatak (IGC Bihar; London School of Economics)
  • Rajesh Bhushan (Indian Ministry of Rural Development)
  • Nagesh Kumar (United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific)
  • Mushfiq Mobarak (Yale University)

The conference will be covered on Twitter using the hashtag #SAsiaGrowth. The IGC Twitter account is @The_IGC. Daily summaries and an event summary will also be published on the IGC website at