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Setting India's Economic Priorities for the New Parliament

WASHINGTON, March 21, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — A roundtable co-hosted by Hudson Institute, Washington, D.C. and the Observer Research Foundation, New Delhi, will address the need for capital market reform and industry modernization to increase foreign direct investment in key sectors of India’s domestic economy. The conference will take place in New Delhi on March 25 and 26, 2014, two weeks before the beginning of India’s general elections.

“We at Hudson Institute are proud to be launching this important new initiative with the Observer Research Foundation, one of India’s most distinguished think tanks,” said Kenneth Weinstein, president and CEO of Hudson Institute. “Together, we hope to make a major contribution to laying the foundation for a new era of liberalization and significant economic growth and prosperity for the world’s largest democracy.”

According to Sunjoy Joshi, director of the Observer Research Foundation, “the common prosperity of the two countries will be determined to a large extent by the economic partnership that the U.S. and India are able to achieve.”

The roundtable conference will feature noted subject experts who will address core issues affecting the healthcare, defense, energy, and education sectors. Noted speakers include:

  • Subir Gokarn, Director of Research, Brookings India
  • Amb. Husain Haqqani, Senior Fellow & Director, South & Central Asia, Hudson Institute
  • Rod Hunter, Senior Vice President, PhRMA, USA
  • Saurabh Johri, Program Advisor, Observer Research Foundation, India
  • Manoj Joshi, Distinguished Fellow, Observer Research Foundation, India
  • Kevin Kinser, Associate Professor, School of Education, State University of New York, USA
  • Nagesh Kumar, Director, UN ESCAP South and South-West Office, India
  • Rajiv Kumar, Senior Fellow, Centre for Policy Research, India
  • Vivek Lall, Distinguished Fellow, Observer Research Foundation
  • Clay Lowery, Vice President, Rock Creek Global Advisors, USA
  • Kristina Lybecker, Associate Professor, Economics and Business, Colorado College, USA
  • Chaitanya Pande, Polymath Capital Advisors, Mumbai, India
  • Amb. Hardeep Puri, Former Diplomat and India’s Permanent Representative to the UN
  • Samir Saran, Vice President, Observer Research Foundation, India
  • Robert Shapiro, Chairman, Sonecon LLC, USA
  • Vivek Singh, Assistant Professor, Public Health Foundation of India, India
  • Roger Zakheim, Counsel, Covington & Burling LLP, USA
  • Nitin Zamre, Managing Director, ICF International, India

Following the conference, an edited volume of scholarship will be jointly published by Hudson Institute and the Observer Research Foundation with analysis and policy prescriptions.