GPPAC – South Asia Workshop on “Implications of COVID – 19 Pandemic for South Asia: Civil Society Perspectives” 26th – 27th November 2020 (Online)
The Regional Centre for Strategic Studies (RCSS), South Asia Regional Secretariat for Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (GPPAC), will organize a two-day workshop on “Implications of COVID – 19 Pandemic for South Asia: Civil Society Perspectives” from 26th – 27th November 2020. This virtual workshop is meant to discuss how South Asian countries respond to COVID-19 Pandemic. Three regional reports and seven reports of country-perspectives on multifaceted implications of COVID-19 and the role of civil society in mitigating impact at the country and regional levels will be discussed.
The Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Sri Lanka, Admiral Prof. Jayanath Colombage RSP,VSV,USP, FIN, will be the Keynote Speaker.
The details of the Technical Sessions I, II and III are as follows:
26th Thursday – Day 1: Technical Session I
Chair: Prof. Moonis Ahmar, University of Karachi, Pakistan
Discussant: Dr. Pakiasothy Sarawanamuttu, Centre for Policy Alternatives, Sri Lanka
“Retreat of Democracy and COVID-19 in South Asia: Trends, Contexts and Futures” by Prof. Jayadeva Uyangoda
“Regional Governance and Multilateralism in a COVID 19 World: Casualty or Catalyst?” by Dr. Mallika Joseph and Dr. Nishchal Pandey
“The Implications of COVID-19 for Conflict Patterns and Regional Cooperation” by Prof. Suba Chandran
27th Friday – Day 2: Technical Session II
Chair: Ms. Seema Kakran, Deputy Director, WISCOMP, New Delhi, India
Discussant: Dr. Nishchal Pandey, Director, Centre for South Asian Studies, Nepal
Sri Lanka Country Report by Sri Lanka GPPAC Group
Bangladesh Country Report by Mr. Ashish Banik
Afghanistan Country Report by Lailuma Nasiri
Technical Session III
Cahir: Dr. Lailuma Nasiri, Vice President, Afghanistan Justice Organization, Afghanistan
Discussant: Dr. Paula Banerjee, Mahanirban /research Group of Culcutta, India
India Country Report by Dr. Suba Chandran
Pakistan Country Report Dr. Salma Malik
Nepal Country Report by Mr. Saloni Singh
The virtual workshop will be held from 10:30 am – 12:30 pm on the 26th Thursday and from 11:00 am – 03:40 pm on the 27th Friday.