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Every year some of the world's most powerful people go to the World Economic Forum (WEF) in the Swiss ski resort of Davos - the annual meeting for business leaders and political figures to talk, think and get fresh ideas.

Grabbing fewer headlines is the World Social Forum, which was this year held in the Senegalese capital of Dakar.

By Jenina Joy Chavez

This paper was delivered by Ms Chavez during the PSAARC Seminar, “Envisioning New South Asia: People’s Perspectives,” in Dhaka, Bangladesh; January 18-19, 2011.

Good morning. It is an honor to participate in the People’s SAARC Seminar, and to be back in Bangladesh after almost 12 years. It is also a privilege to be given the opportunity to observe the continuing process you are undertaking, in refining a people’s vision for a new South Asia.

Human right activists and civil society leaders from all eight SAARC countries at a seminar in the city today held soul searching discussions on how to expedite regional integration breaking apart the shackle of elite run traditional politics.

The civil society leaders also laid emphasis on evolving a new growth strategy and alternative models for development over the neo-liberal models having the globalization and economic exploitation of the poor nations by industrialized nations and of the poor by the rich within a nation, especially in South Asian region.

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