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18th South Asian Economics Students’ Meet




Kailash Hall, ICIMOD

Date & Time

15 March 2023

Organisers: South Asian Economics Students’ Meet (SAESM), Nepal Economic Association, and SANDEE


About the event

SANDEE-ICIMOD is hosting the South Asian Economics Students Meet (SAESM) on 15 March 2023 at the ICIMOD headquarters. This event is part of the 18th SAESM, a prestigious academic event where undergraduate economics students from different universities across South Asia come together for knowledge sharing and learning.

Our Director General, Pema Gyamtsho, will deliver the keynote address followed by a plenary talk from Mani Nepal, Lead Economist and Programme Coordinator, SANDEE. This will be followed by a panel discussion and the budding economist final round.

The first SAESM was conducted in 2004 in New Delhi. The 18th edition is being hosted by the Central Department of Economics, Tribhuvan University, Nepal, Nepal Economic Association, and SANDEE from 12–17 March 2023 in Kathmandu. The theme for the conference is ‘Towards Resilient South Asian Economies’. Over 130 economics students and their mentors will attend the conference and present their papers under 10 sub-themes. This event provides an opportunity for students to develop and present academic papers on various issues of regional importance, network, and learn from each other.



Time Programme Speakers/Facilitator
10:00–10:30 Registration

Tea and coffee

Manashree Newa, Programme Associate, SANDEE
10:30–11:00 Keynote speech: The Hindu Kush Himalaya and South Asia Pema Gyamtsho, Director General, ICIMOD
11:00–12:00 Plenary talk: Labour outmigration, farmland fallowing, and livelihood Mani Nepal, Lead Economist, SANDEE, ICIMOD
12:00–13:00 Panel discussion – Economics of climate change in South Asia: Current status, key issues, and way forward Chair/moderator: Nirmal Raut, Associate Professor, Central Department of Economics, Tribhuvan University
13:00–14:00 Lunch
14:00–15:30 Budding economist final round Chair/moderator: Mihir Pandey, Associate Professor, Ramjas College, University of Delhi
15:15–15:30 Tea/coffee/networking

*Rapporteur: Mona Sharma, Communications Officer, ICIMOD


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