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WION’s 'Unleashing the Power of South Asia' conclave to build co-operation in the region

WION's 'Unleashing the Power of South Asia' conclave will be inaugurated by guest of honour His Excellency Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan, Minister of Tolerance, United Arab Emirates. Photograph:( WION Web Team )

WION New Delhi, Delhi, India Feb 19, 2019, 06.58 AM (IST)

WION is hosting "Unleashing the Power of South Asia" conclave which will emerge as a platform for South Asian countries to build regional co-operation.

At the conclave, "WION - World is One" is bringing together thought leaders from around the world to find a common ground on the way forward for the South Asian region.

The conclave will be held on February 20 in Dubai and will be inaugurated by the chief guest and guest of honour, His Excellency Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan, Cabinet Member and Minister of Tolerance, United Arab Emirates. Indian ambassador to the UAE, His Excellency Navdeep Suri will be the guest of honour.

The day-long conclave will dwell on subjects that matter to the emerging economies of South Asia, like "Counter Terrorism - the Indian perspective in a multi-polar world", and "Uprooting state-sponsored terrorism and how it is imperative for peace in South Asia".

Former Indian Army chief General Bikram Singh will be in conversation with former Pakistani ambassador Husain Haqqani.

Among the 50 most influential people in India is spiritual guru, Sadhguru. At the WION global summit, Sadhguru will talk about the need for economic co-operation among South Asian powers.

What is the future of South Asia? WION brings together Namal Rajapaksa, a lawmaker from Sri Lanka, former Bangladesh minister and ruling Awami League member Hasan-ul-Haq Inu, and South Asia expert Michael Kugelman to deliberate on the issue.

Soft power plays a key role in building alliances and strategic partnerships. And sports and entertainment play an important part in realising this. On one of the panels, television host and international journalist Riz Khan will moderate a discussion on "Is the face of media and entertainment changing?"

And is the ICC Cricket World Cup headed back to South Asia? Indian cricketer VVS Laxman will share his thoughts on the dominance of Indian cricket.

Tune into WION on Wednesday, February 20, as decision makers from South Asia explore sustainable solutions for promoting peace and prosperity in the region.

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WION's 'Unleashing the Power of South Asia' conclave is bringing together thought leaders from around the world to find a common ground on the way forward for the South Asian region. The conclave will be held on February 20 in Dubai.