“India – Singapore Ties in a Changing Global Environment”
Thursday, March 23, 2017
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM (Registration: 10:00 AM )
|LOCATION||WWF Auditorium, Lodhi Estate, New Delhi|
|CO-CHAIRS||Ambassador Tommy Koh, Co-Chair, India-Singapore Strategic Dialogue, and Ambassador-at-Large, Ministry of Foreign Affairs Singapore|
Ambassador S K Lambah, Chairman, Ananta Aspen Centre and Former Special Envoy of the Prime Minister of India
|SPEAKERS||Ms. Indrani Bagchi, Diplomatic Editor, The Times of IndiaAssociate Professor Tan Khee Giap, Chairman, Singapore National Committee for Pacific Economic Cooperation & Co-Director, Asia Competitiveness Institute, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy|
Mr. Vikram Nair, Member of Parliament & Partner in Rajah & Tann (S) LLP
Mr. B J Panda, Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha
|ABOUT THE EVENTThe global strategic environment is undergoing a major flux. Starting with Brexit, rise of protectionist policies around the world and the weakening of western order, we are currently witnessing a re-balancing of global power equations. The simultaneous rise of China, India and ASEAN is unprecedented in world history. At the same time, we are challenged by the rise of populism in the US and Europe. Are we seeing the end of the post-World War II World Order?|
Keeping the global environment in mind, it is crucial to analyse the current strategic relationship between India and Singapore. Singapore has always supported a greater role for India in the Indo-Pacific region. Singapore would like to see PM Modi’s “Act East” policy implemented with concrete action and initiatives. It is important that India and Singapore keep nurturing these relations especially in the changing global scenarios where there is a sense of growing protectionism and geopolitical uncertainty in the world. The public forum will focus on these and various other aspects about the future of India- Singapore ties in these changing times.
|Ambassador Tommy Koh, Co-Chair, India-Singapore Strategic Dialogue, and Ambassador-at-Large, Ministry of Foreign Affairs SingaporeTommy KOH is currently Ambassador-At-Large at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Special Adviser to the Institute of Policy Studies; and Chairman of the Governing Board of the Centre for International Law at the National University of Singapore (NUS). He is the Chairman of the International Advisory Panel of the Asia Research Institute (NUS) and Chairman of the Advisory Committee of the Master’s Degree on Environmental Management (NUS).|
|He is also the Co-chairman of the Asian Development Bank’s Advisory Committee on Water and Sanitation. He is Rector of the Tembusu College, at NUS, and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the SymAsia Foundation of Credit Suisse. He had served as Dean of the Faculty of Law of NUS, Singapore's Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York, Ambassador to the United States of America, High Commissioner to Canada and Ambassador to Mexico. He was President of the Third UN Conference on the Law of the Sea and the Chairman of the Preparatory Committee for and the Main Committee of the UN Conference on Environment and Development. He was the founding Chairman of the National Arts Council, founding Executive Director of the Asia-Europe Foundation and former Chairman of the National Heritage Board. He was also Singapore's Chief Negotiator for the US-Singapore Free Trade Agreement. He acted as Singapore's Agent in two legal disputes with Malaysia. He has chaired two dispute panels for the WTO. He is the Co Chairman of the China Singapore Forum, the Japan-Singapore Symposium and the India-Singapore Strategic Dialogue. In 2006, Prof Koh received the Champion of the Earth Award from UNEP and the inaugural President's Award for the Environment from Singapore. He was conferred with honorary doctoral degrees in law by Yale and Monash Universities. Harvard University conferred on him the Great Negotiator Award in 2014.|
|Ambassador S K Lambah, Chairman, Ananta Aspen Centre and Former Special Envoy of the Prime Minister of India|
Ambassador Lambah was the Special Envoy of the Prime Minister of India from 2005-14 with the rank of Minister of State from 2010 onwards. He was also the Co-Chairman of the Task Force on National Security 2011 – 2012. A distinguished diplomat, Ambassador Lambah was the President of Association of Indian Diplomats in 2005. He was also a Convener of the National Security Advisory Board (NSAB) in 2004-05 and the President of the Federation of Indo-German Societies in India from 2005-2014.
|He was also the Special Envoy of the Government of India for Afghanistan and led the Indian delegation to the Bonn Conference on Afghanistan in 2001-02. In 2001, Ambassador Lambah Chaired a Committee on the Re-organization of Ministry of External Affairs and Indian missions abroad. Ambassador Lambah has served in several Missions abroad including as the Ambassador of India to the Russian Federation, Ambassador of India to the Federal Republic of Germany, High Commissioner of India to Pakistan, Consul General of India, San Francisco, and Ambassador of India to Hungary. He was Deputy Secretary General of the 7th Non Aligned Summit held in Delhi in 1983 and later Coordinator of the Commonwealth Heads of Governments meeting in India. His specializations include Economic Diplomacy and dealing with India’s neighbours. During his tenure as Consul General of India in San Francisco (1989-91) he was conferred a "Trustees' Citation" by the University of California, Berkeley in 1991 for his initiating, coordinating, and spearheading the campaign which generated over US$2 million in a short span of four months for Indian Studies, resulting in the creation of two Chairs of India Studies, a bi-annual lecture by a distinguished scholar from India, and an annual scholarship at the Graduate School of Journalism at U.C Berkeley. He is married to Nilima Lambah, author of "A Life across Three Continents - Recollections of a Diplomat's Wife".|