Power Meet of Policy Experts from 30 Countries to Discuss Challenges and Opportunities to Advancing Freedom & Liberty in Modern Asia

Power Meet of Policy Experts from 30 Countries to Discuss Challenges and Opportunities to Advancing Freedom & Liberty in Modern Asia

Press Release - For Immediate Release - 30 January 2013

 

New Delhi, India - On 2-3 February 2013, Delhi - NCR will witness a public celebration of liberty; the first Asia Liberty Forum which will bring together over 200 policy experts, academics, think tank leaders and freedom champions from over 30 countries. Hosted by Centre for Civil Society, this forum will provide a much needed platform to identify critical issues plaguing Asia, explore strategies to face the challenges ahead, and generate ways to strengthen the liberal movement in this part of the world.

Over the two days, experts from diverse fields will discuss the challenges and opportunities to advancing freedom in their respective countries and present their work and views on various facets of modern Asia. This power meet of public policy professionals and think tank leaders will delve into the role and impact of Asian think tanks in molding public opinion and strengthening freedom and liberty in our part of the hemisphere.

The forum will provide a unique opportunity to interact closely with distinguished experts across various fields; some who are tackling Asia's unique development challenges, and others who bring international experience and perspectives towards charting our future course. Intellectual entrepreneurs working in some of the most difficult regions in Asia like Afghanistan, Pakistan, China, Sri Lanka, Indonesia and Kyrgyzstan among others will be presenting the political conditions in their respective countries - highlighting the nature, scope and work of liberals in fighting for freedom, prosperity and peace for their citizens.

Their stories speak volumes of the incredible work that celebrates the passion and perseverance of individuals to work towards creating better homes, societies and, at large, a prosperous country for themselves and their future generations.

Key highlights of the conference are:

  • Keynote address by Jay Panda (MP, Orissa) on State, Markets & Society: Synergies for Good Governance & Prosperity on 2 Feb, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
  • Talk by Chandra Bhan Prasad, leading columnist and author, on Economic Reforms & Caste System at the opening dinner on 2 Feb, 7:30 pm onwards
  • Discussion with Ajay Shah (NIPFP) on financial sector reforms on 3 Feb, 11:30 am-1:00 pm
  • Panel on 'Strengthening Religious freedom' with noted speaker Kris A Mauran from Acton Institute on 2 Feb, 4:00-5:30 pm
  • Ken Schoolland, author of 'The Adventures of Jonathan Gullible: A Free Market Odyssey' published in more than 47 languages, sharing his thoughts on Free Trade and Economic Integration in Asia on 2 Feb, 4:00-5:30 pm
  • Ken Schoolland, author of 'The Adventures of Jonathan Gullible: A Free Market Odyssey' published in more than 47 languages, sharing his thoughts on Free Trade and Economic Integration in Asia on 2 Feb, 4:00-5:30 pm

Attached please find the detailed program schedule and speaker profiles. The conference is bound to be very interesting and engaging and we welcome you to be part of this discussion and request your co-operation in taking the message from our speakers, and participants to the public at large. Alternately, if you would like to interview specific speakers, we would be happy to assist you with this.

About Centre for Civil Society
Centre for Civil Society (CCS) was founded on India's golden anniversary, 15 August 1997, by Dr. Parth J Shah. Despite her political independence from an alien state, India still lacked economic freedom. India was throttled by the license-permit-quota raj and ill-informed public policies that curtailed entrepreneurship, restricted opportunities, and stunted economic development. CCS, one of India's first liberal think-tanks dedicated to advancing social change through public policy, was the outcome of deep belief in the individuality and dignity of all persons, and their right to life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness. We are driven by the dream of a free society, where political, social, and economic freedom reign.

For further information contact:

Urvashi Kapuria; urvashi@ccs.in, +91-9810197297
Avinash Chandra; avinash@ccs.in, +91-9999882477
More information on the conference can be found at www.acenetwork.asia/alf2013.