The theme of the convention, organized by Institute of South Asian Studies (ISAS), a think-tank of the National University of Singapore, is: "Connecting Global South Asians".

Singapore President Tony Tan Keng Yam would be the guest of honour at the convention's gala dinner while Deputy Prime Minister Teo would deliver a keynote address at the opening of the mega gathering.

"SADC has established itself as the leading platform for those who believe in the future of South Asia and its culture of innovation and entrepreneurship.

"It reflects our belief that South Asia has a tremendous growth potential with a significantly growing middle class population that will contribute positively to the growth of the global economy in the next two decades," ISAS Director Tan Tai Yong, said.

Singapore's Deputy Prime Ministers Teo Chee Hean and Tharman Shanmugaratnam as well as Law and Foreign Minister K Shanmugam would also address the convention.

ISAS said, the convention, from November 21-23 would feature more than 40 thought leaders including some of the region's top policymakers, business and industry leaders, as well as key figures in academia, media, culture, and civil society.


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