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.


  1. Nice to hear that Global Summit 2 being executed as was planned. This is a big achievement in itself & a very healthy practice on part of everyone involved to keep a check on modern needs in an almost marginalized state.

    It is a good sign that we have new establishments being opened around the state. A lot is yet to b done; strong, focused, long term visions of not just strictly implementing projects,schemes, but also effective monitoring & practicing just judiciary at least from now onwards are the only way to bloom the lost glory. e.g. By now work on the NEW INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT should have started but it is still pending & no one knows when & where is it to come & why just 1, should have more airports other than just the capital city handling domestic & international air traffic; EASTERN ECONOMIC CORRIDOR (A MUST)—no one knows when is that taking shape; govt. is still thinking on the lines of 4-lane Highways instead of 6-lanes EXPRESSWAYS between important cities & 4-lanes between all districts (a must) for the rising population,economy & the coming decade for all forthcoming generations; not to mention Railways—hardly anything substantial happening there. Whereas, there is a huge potential for all this to thrive INDUSTRIALIZATION in the state.
    The much talked EASTERN ECONOMIC CORRIDOR has a lot on stake for industrialists & a lot to offer for everyone; would plead all of delegates involved to get this started at the earliest as it is not only going to add to our nations ailing GDP but for the whole region.

    I would b to naive to say all this but I’m not wrong in saying that ministers,leaders,IAS,etc of Bihar thinks the same but does only whats best politically(short term in most dimensions of governance)

    Although, I m thrilled to see the changes but
    Specially infrastructure(all dimension) & welfare projects for people shouldn’t be stalled any further as its already 2012 now & only if we strongly implement whats there on paper already, could we become self-sufficient instead of have to wait for national & global summits to aid to partial development & become an example of governance in the modern era.

    Ofcourse, it is the new attitude of people living in Bihar & an acute leadership that has helped Bihar come forward to this juncture since the last decade; but like we have seen it is easy to wish a change for a while but always a challenge to sustain it for the coming generations unless we have an united will to no succumb to 2nd standards in all walks of development. I always have this thought Bihar has a lot to offer to everyone; A lot of things in India in the ancient era started from this very land & its an advantage to our motherland to have us all; It is about time we all thrive to a well structured & modern Bihar catering proudly & with dignity to all sections of diverse society(strong & long term focused governance). An example for all other developing states in India & abroad.
    Hope this Global Summit brings about the very said & long-awaited overall development

  2. I am going to attend global meet . Kindly register me .& inform.

    Dhanesh Prasad (NRBs)
    MD,Savaria Trading Corporation , Moscow, Russia

  3. Sir/Madam
    I am going to attend global meet. Kindly register me & confirm.

    Dr. Durre Shahwar ( NRBs)
    General Director, Indian Family Clinic , Moscow, Russia

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