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Mumbai: Avalon’s Girija Pande was one of the speakers at the event organised by the German Marshall Fund of the United States. On November 8 and 9, the German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF), in partnership with Sweden’s Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Aspen Institute India, hosted the seventh India Trilateral Forum in Mumbai, India. The Forum is an ongoing dialogue between European, American, and Indian policymakers and commentators on shared interests and common challenges.

Participants at the event included officials from the governments of the United States, India, Sweden, and France, as well as from the European External Action Service, as well as business leaders, media commentators, and academic experts from the United States, Europe, and India.

Sessions focused on India’s 2014 national elections, India’s economic and industrialization prospects, trade negotiations, democratic growth prospects in India and the West, India’s ‘Look East’ Policy and the strategic balance in Asia, the future of Afghanistan after 2014, and regional integration in South Asia.

Our Chairman, Girija Pande, discussed the economic outlook for China and India, the challenges of foreign investment in India, and the future of Sino-Indian economic and business relations.