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South Asian economics undergraduates meet in Dhaka

A group of 10 undergraduate students from the University of Colombo, reading for the special degree in Economics, is due to leave for Dhaka, Bangladesh to participate at the 6th South Asian Economics Students’ Conference scheduled for 9-12 December.

This conference is a novel initiative which provides an opportunity for the undergraduate students from the South Asian countries to present research papers at an annual conference on common issues related to economic development and regional cooperating in the South Asian region.

The conference also gives an opportunity for an international exposure to the undergraduate students who can meet their co-fellows from other South Asian countries, exchange views, learn from each other, and build up their regional network, according to its organisers.

The South Asian Economics Students conference was initiated by the Economics Departments of five leading universities in the region – University of Delhi from India, University of Dhaka from Bangladesh, Lahore University of Management Sciences from Pakistan, Tribhuvan University from Nepal, and University of Colombo from Sri Lanka.

Dr. Sirimal Abeyratne, a co-founder of the students’ conference representing the University of Colombo, continued to serve for six years as the Country Coordinator of the conference. Since the inception in 2004, the annual conference was held successively in Delhi (2004), Lahore (2005), Dhaka (2006), Colombo (2007), and again in Delhi (2008).

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