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Showing posts from November, 2011
Timely Vaccination Can Protect Precious Little Lives from Vaccine-preventable Diseases—Save a Child, Save a Life, and Save a Dream.

Decentralization, Good Governance and Public Private Partnerships

Will the division of a large state to several smaller states enable better administration or development of regions in question? Perhaps, the solution lies in decentralization of administrative functions, rather than the division of a state. But decentralization in itself would not deliver the desired results. Equitable and balanced regional development could be achieved through the combination of DGPP - Decentralization, Good Governance, and Public Private Partnerships. A small administrative region could be a handicap if the same is not backed by good governance or is characterized with political instability. Good governance is crucial for removing the bottlenecks in development and ensuring planned development of villages, towns and cities in the respective regions. Again, decentralization should be complemented with Public Private Partnerships at the district level to achieve the desired development goals, address employment issues, improve surface transport facilities, deliver …

Walking the Talk with ASEAN and Revitalizing SAARC

The Prime Minister has urged for a Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement (CECA) with the Association of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN), the association, which is growing in significance with every passing year. The growing political and economic significance of the region was evident with the active participation of the United States (U.S). Greater diplomatic engagement and enhancing trade ties with ASEAN holds high significance for India, which has began to walk the talk on its Look East Policy. At the same time, the 10 countries of the region, would continue to enhance their cooperation with China, Japan and South Korea within the ASEAN Plus Three Framework. In recent times, U.S and European countries have been more proactive in their engagement with the South-East Asian countries. As such, in the emerging global scenario, India needs to continue to strengthen the South Asian Association of Regional Cooperation (SAARC). 
For a change, the recent SAARC Summit …