About the Report
RIS is association with the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India and Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) organised the Seminar on Heart of Asia on 3 December 2016 at Amritsar, Punjab. A lot of participants from different Asian regions and India took part in deliberations. The sole focus of the Seminar was on connectivity in the region to enhance trade, commerce and investment. This would require greater political will, more space for the activities of the private sector, platforms for their interactions and, of course, coordination among agencies like customs, banking, food and technical standards, etc. Four broad themes were identified, which tried to capture the broad ideas related connectivity and exploring borders as bridges for connecting our respective economies and people in the region. Given the tough terrain, multi–model transport connectivity and transit are the key areas of priority, along with trade and investment. The last session of the Seminar discussed issues related to economic and development cooperation. The substantive implementable recommendations that come out at the end are presented in the final section of this summary as key takeaways from the Seminar.