The Minister of State for Ministry of Education Dr Abdulla Rasheed Ahmed will address the Global Conclave of Nepal held by the Nepal Institute for International Cooperation and Engagement (NIICE).
In his address, the state minister will be highlighting the issue of climate change, as both Nepal and Maldives are extremely vulnerable to it.
Additionally, the Ambassador at Large at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Ahmed Saleem will be speaking on Revitalizing South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC). Saleem had served as the first Maldivian Director in the SAARC Secretariat from 1990 to 1993 and as Secretary-General from 2012 to 2014.
This year’s Global Conclave, organized by NIICE Nepal will be a three-day event from June 25 to 27, under the theme “Connecting Nepal to the World.”
Notably, the event will be held virtually and live-streamed on @contactniice pages on Facebook and Twitter, as the world continues to battle COVID-19
According to NIICE, the event aims to bring together leaders, diplomats, business leaders and scholars from the region as well as countries that are significant to Nepal. Over 200 speakers from 41 countries were invited to the event.
While the majority of the participants are from Nepal, India, China and the United States, a significant number of participants were from Japan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, United Kingdom and Germany as well.
Dr Pramod Jaiswal, the head of NIICE stated that this was the first global conclave, and also the first of this nature and size held in the country.
“The objective of the conclave is to introduce Nepal to the global stage and have debates on the emerging issues will help the Nepalese policy makers and experts to update themselves about the fast-changing geopolitics in the region.”
Some of the topics of discussion during the session include ‘Nepal’s Foreign Policy’, ‘Foreign Policy of India and China’, ‘Foreign Direct Investment and Foreign Aid to Nepal’, ‘Nepal’s Relations with India and China’, ‘Security of Siliguri Corridor’, ‘Future of Indo-Pacific Strategy, Rise of China’, ‘Rising Asia’, ‘Soft Power and Public Diplomacy’, ‘Nuclear Disarmament, Arms Control and Non-Proliferation’, ‘US Foreign Policy under Biden Administration’, ‘SAARC and BIMSTEC’, ‘Gender in International Relations’, ‘Impact of the Pandemic on Transnational Migration’ and others.
As per NIICE, multiple reputable universities and think tanks of the world such as Jawaharlal Nehru University of India, Institute of South Asian Studies of National University of Singapore, and American University of US were supporting the conclave.
NIICE, eatablished in February 2016 is based in Kathamandu.It is a leading think tank working on foreign policy and security issues.