Who’s who to attend summit on changing Bihar
PATNA: Top honchos of various fields are expected to attend the three-day Global Summit on Changing Bihar, scheduled to open here on February 17.
To be inaugurated by Nepal PM Baburam Bhattarai, the summit will be spread over various sessions and workshops on themes like agriculture, health, industries, urban development, infrastructure, finance, tourism, education and socio-cultural renaissance. It is being organized by Bihar Foundation, Institute for Human Development (IHD) and Asian Development Research Institute (ADRI).
“In recent years, Bihar has been in the news for its success in accelerating growth and strengthening institutions to support economic development and public welfare. Yet, many challenges remain if the continuing problems of poverty and backwardness are to be overcome,” said Shaibal Gupta of ADRI.
Alakh Narayan Sharma of IHD said the summit would bring together leading development practitioners, policymakers, scholars, industrialists, investors, representatives from the world of art and culture and donors and members of civil society for forging partnerships to pursue and reinforce social and economic progress in Bihar. About 1,000 people from around the world will be participating in the summit.
The IHD in association with others organized ‘Global Meet for a Resurgent Bihar’ in 2007. It was inaugurated by the then President, A P J Abdul Kalam.
Apart from the Nepal PM, Bhutan’s King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuk, former Japan PM Kan Naoto, Planning commission deputy chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia, member Abhijit Sen, Lord Meghnad Desai, RBI governor D Subbarao, Lord Nicholas Stern of London School of Economics, Aditya Birla Group chairman Kumar Mangalam Birla, HSBC chairperson Naina Lal Kidwai, SEBI chairman U K Sinha, Lord Karan Bilimoria, Suhel Seth, Union finance ministry’s chief economic adviser Kaushik Basu, Housing Development Finance Corporation’s chairman Deepak Parekh, eminent entrepreneur Kiran Majumdar Shaw, Infosys chairman K V Kamath and ex-West Bengal governor Gopal Krishna Gandhi besides Bollywood biggies such as Javed Akhtar, Prakash Jha, Shekhar Suman, Shatrughan Sinha, Imtiaz Ali and Shalini Vats will attend the summit. Chief minister Nitish Kumar and deputy CM Sushil Kumar Modi will also attend the inaugural and valedictory sessions.
According to the organizers, the aims and objectives of the summit are to bring together eminent individuals and agencies concerned for generating innovative ideas and thoughts to foster progress in the state. It is also aimed at defining priorities and laying down a road map for development; creating strong networks of the stakeholders to facilitate their effective participation in the development of the state and forging lasting partnerships between the people of Bihar and the world outside, they said.