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Federalism experts gathered in New Delhi to fine-tune conference papers

India's Home Minister, Shri Shivraj Patil, and Arnold Koller, the chair of the Forum and former President of Switzerland.

India's Home Minister, Shri Shivraj Patil, and Arnold Koller, the chair of the Forum and former President of Switzerland.

 

 

The Government of India recently hosted a three-day 'pre-conference' gathering in New Delhi where federalism experts fine-tuned background papers that will serve as a key resource to the Fourth International Conference on Federalism to be held in New Delhi Nov. 5 to Nov. 8.

The Inter-State Council Secretariat of the Government of India is organizing the International Conference in partnership with the Forum of Federations.

The pre-conference event was opened Feb. 21 by the Home Minister of India, Shri Shivraj Patil, and by Arnold Koller, the chair of the Forum, and a former president of Switzerland. More than 500 people attended the pre-conference including senior officials from the federal and state governments. During the inaugural session yesterday, the Home Minister launched the website of the 4th International Conference, http://federalism2007.nic.in

 

In the following two days, Indian and international experts reviewed, critiqued and discussed the background papers. The title of the conference is 'Unity in Diversity: Learning from Each Other.'

About 1,000 participants from 100 countries will be invited to attend the November conference.

The four themes to be addressed at the conference are:

  • Building on and Accommodating Diversities
  • Emerging Issues in Fiscal Federalism
  • Interaction in a Federal System
  • Local Government and Federal Systems