Advisory - Global Downturn and G-20: Does India Matter?

    OTTAWA, June 9 /CNW Telbec/ - Renowned Indian economist Dr. Rajiv Kumar
will be in Ottawa on June 10 as part of The India Lectures organized by
Canada's International Development Research Centre (IDRC). In his
presentation, "Global Downturn and G-20: Does India Matter?" Dr. Kumar will
discuss whether the G-20 can emerge as an effective forum for global
governance, as well as India's possible role in the G-20 process or in other

    Date: Wednesday, June 10, 2009
    Time: 2:00 - 3:30 p.m.
    Where: 150 Kent (corner of Albert), 8th Floor

    Rajiv Kumar is Director and Chief Executive of the Indian Council for
Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER), one of India's leading
independent economic policy think tanks. Prior to assuming these
responsibilities, he was Chief Economist at the Confederation of Indian
Industries in New Delhi, spent nine years as Principal Economist at the Asian
Development Bank in Manila, and served as Economic Advisor in the Ministry of
Finance of India.
    Dr Kumar's talk is the eleventh in a year-long series organized by IDRC.
The India Lectures highlights the wealth of eminent thinkers and stimulating
ideas emanating from this rising global power. The series is being held to
celebrate IDRC's 25th anniversary of its office in New Delhi and the Centre's
enduring and valued collaboration with its Indian research partners.

    The event is open to the media. French and English simultaneous
interpretation is available. Spaces are limited and journalists are encouraged
to register by calling Isabelle Bourgeault-Tassé 613-696-2343.

    For more information, visit

    About IDRC

    Canada's International Development Research Centre (IDRC) is one of the
world's leading institutions in the generation and application of new
knowledge to meet the challenges of international development. For nearly 40
years, IDRC has worked in close collaboration with researchers from the
developing world to build healthier, more equitable, and more prosperous

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For further information: Isabelle Bourgeault-Tassé, (613) 696-2343,

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