International Management Institute (IMI) Kolkata organized a Finance & Economics Conference (FINECON) during the period 21-22 December 2015 in collaboration with Sichuan Academy of Social Sciences, China, the North South University Dhaka, Bangladesh and the Asia-Pacific Economic Association at the IMI-Kolkata campus. The conference witnessed an august gathering of academicians, economists, researchers and luminaries from the industry. The inauguration ceremony was graced by Dr. Kar-yiu Wong, Professor, University of Washington, Seattle, USA; Dr. Chung Mo Koo, Professor, Kangwon National University, Korea; Professor Zheng Taian, Vice President of Sichuan Academy of Social Sciences, China; Professor Mohammad Mahboob Rahman, Dean of School of Business and Economics, North South University, Bangladesh; Professor Arindam Banik, Director, IMI-Kolkata and Dr. Sarojakshya Chatterjee, Professor, IMI-Kolkata and Convenor of the conference.

The key-note address was delivered by Dr. Kar-yiu Wong on The Economic Impacts of the “One Belt, One Road” Initiative. Dr. Wong spoke about the potential of developing economic relations between Asia and Europe that would have tremendous economic implications for nations in both these regions. He deliberated on the implications of the aforementioned initiative on export, import and welfare in the partial equilibrium framework.

The panel discussions on the first day focused on Lessons from Financial Crises for Emerging Economies. The panelists were Zheng Taian, VP, Sichuan Academy of Social Sciences, China; Mohammaad Mahboob Rahman, Professor and Dean of the School of Business and Economics, NSU Bangladesh; Rajib Doogar, Associate Professor, University of Washington, Bothell and Satyajit Deb, DGM, RBI. The moderator for the discussion was Basabi Bhattacharya, Professor, Department of Economics, Jadavpur University.

On the second day the topic for the discussion was Asian Economic Integration: Problems and Prospects. The panelists were Kar-yui Wong, Professor, University of Washington, Seattle; Arindam Banik, Professor & Director, IMI-Kolkata and Munim K Barai, Professor, Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University, Oita, Japan. The moderator for the session was Chung Mo Koo, Professor, Kangwon National University, Korea.

Academicians and researchers from various nations like China, Bangladesh, Sweden, Australia along with the host country presented papers on a cutting-edge topics like Macroeconomic Policies, Risk Behaviour, Economic Growth, Equity Market, Corporate Finance, International Trade etc.

The valedictory lecture was delivered by Achin Chakraborty, Professor & Director, Institute of Development Studies Kolkata. The theme for the lecture was Ethics and Economics of Finance.

(From Left to Right: Dr. Sarojakshaya Chatterjee, Dr. Mohammad Mahboob Rahman,
Professor Zheng Taian, Dr. Arindam Banik, Dr. Kar-yiu Wong and Dr. Chung Mo Koo)