Trading Up to Better Relations with Pakistan
Nevertheless, facilitating the movement of people must remain an equal priority if we are to shift mindsets as well as goods. At my organization’s Annual Meeting in Davos each year, formal and informal interactions between Indian and Pakistani participants abound. Simultaneously, the thought leaders of our Global Agenda Councils on India and Pakistan have committed over the past year to support student exchanges and internships between the two countries.
These are small steps, but we believe that by fostering greater human contact between Indians and Pakistanis, and demonstrating we are not aliens but in fact have a lot in common, we are helping to build trust.
We will build on these ideas further at the World Economic Forum on India this week in Gurgaon. While I believe the right steps are now being made to re-set India on a path of high economic growth, the dividend – social, economic, cultural and political – of trust and dialogue transcending suspicion and difference will be even greater still.
By Sushant Palakurthi Rao, Senior Director, Head of Asia, World Economic Forum
Note: Views expressed by the author are his
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