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Prime ministers to join AP debate on South Asia at Davos


The seventh annual Associated Press debate at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, will focus on the future of South Asia and the global trends and national priorities affecting its transformation.

Davos 2015 debate
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, right, speaks during a panel “The Geopolitical Outlook” with Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se, left, and Foreign Minister of Vietnam Pham Binh Minh, center, at the World Economic Forum, Friday, Jan. 23, 2015. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)
AP Global Business Editor Lisa Gibbs
AP Global Business Editor Lisa Gibbs

AP Global Business Editor Lisa Gibbs will moderate a panel of prime ministers, leading regional bankers and a Nobel laureate. They are:

Nawaz Sharif, prime minister, Pakistan
Ranil Wickremesinghe, prime minister, Sri Lanka
Chanda Kochhar, managing director and chief executive officer, ICICI Bank, India
Takehiko Nakao, president, Asian Development Bank, Philippines
• 2006 Nobel Peace Prize winner Muhammad Yunus, chairman, Yunus Centre, Bangladesh

“The explosive growth in South Asia brings with it many challenges, with huge stakes for the global economy,” Gibbs said. “This group of influential leaders will bring incisive perspective to how the region can work together to unlock the right solutions.”

Topics to be discussed include infrastructure, energy security threats, economic inequality, job creation and the impact of regional integration initiatives in South Asia.

The session will begin at 1200 GMT (7 a.m. ET) on Jan. 21. It will be available to AP broadcast customers and also will be streamed live and on-demand on the World Economic Forum’s website


Paul Colford
Director of Media Relations
The Associated Press

Lauren Easton
Media Relations Manager
The Associated Press

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