Former Ambassador of Belgium to India & Former Director of European Affairs at the Belgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Executive Director, South Asia Democratic Forum & Former Member of the European Parliament
The imperative of serious global coordinated efforts is high to combat and recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. The two regional blocks EU and SAARC have been cooperating in multiple fronts. For instance, the EU is South Asia’s largest trading partner and a major development and aid partner. Correspondingly, the EU is also one of the observers of the SAARC.
In this joint webinar by AIDIA and SADF, a panel of experts from the EU and SAARC will discuss the respective regional responses to COVID-19 and how two regions should collaborate during and after the pandemic. Additionally, experts will also analyze the trade, economic, and development cooperation between EU and SAARC, and post-COVID-19 regional economic integration scenarios- especially in the backdrop of Brexit and long-stalled SAARC process.