Peoples’ Convention on Infrastructure Financing
A Peoples’ response to AIIB Annual Meeting
June 21-23, 2018 | Mumbai, India
The 3rd Annual Governors Meeting of Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank [AIIB]will be held in Mumbai, India from 24-25 June 2018. This two-year-old multilateral bank is investing in all major sectors, including energy, without robust policies on environmental-social safeguards, transparent public disclosure and an accountability/complaint handling mechanism. Out of the total 24 projects, it has financed, USD 4.4 billion has already been approved. India is the biggest recipient from AIIB with more than 1.2 billion USD supporting about six projects including Transmission lines, Capital City Development at Amravati, rural roads etc with another 1 billion USD in proposed projects.
These data are but a few from among the many that come out periodically which, we are aware, will straightaway affect our democratic systems, land, water, forests, food, livelihoods, structures and the very air we breathe on a daily basis. All these raise our concerns to an alarming level that we are forced to reflect and act on the rapid ‘reforms’ which happen in the guise of development. Unlike World Bank and ADB who claim their development agenda in the name of reduction in poverty and inequality, AIIB never conceals their huge interests in infrastructure financing.
India is AIIB’s second-largest shareholder and is an adored destination for its investments. As many of us are aware, the Indian government, for past few decades, has stressed the need for large infrastructural projects for the country’s development and these projects are being seen as a stimulus to the growth of India’s GDP. These include power projects, dams, roads, urban projects, industrial zones/corridors, ports, smart cities and other mega projects, including the new super-expensive high-speed rail projects. Mega energy projects are perceived as one of the major components and enablers of these infrastructure projects. This aggressive growth for the economic elite and the upper classes will come at the cost of displacing the lives of people who are dependent on land and natural resources for their livelihood and devastating the environment. This also often comes at the cost of displacing farming and pastoralist communities who are pushed to a life of poverty and whose life and livelihood cannot be commensurably compensated by money – in most cases, not even that. The huge projected increases in the energy infrastructure will also demand similarly massive financial investments.
It is critical that we situate the 3rd AIIB AGM within this global, regional and national context. The idea behind the People’s Convention on Infrastructure Financing is to provide a space for social movements, progressive trade unions, academia and civil society from various parts of the country working on urban development, transportation, environmental protection, coastal communities, sustainable energy and equity, against privatisation along with groups monitoring financial institutions and their policies and projects in the country. The Convention will facilitate solidarity in the resistance against the infrastructural approach towards development causing displacement and destruction to the natural resources. It will also be a space to put forward and discuss alternatives for a just and equitable world that are emerging out of people’s struggles.
Peoples Convention on Infrastructure Financing – A peoples response to AIIBwill be held in Mumbai, India from 21-23 June 2018. It will also organize a series of regional meetings in different parts of the country in the month of April and May to bring together civil society organizations for familiarising and updating on AIIB functions, investment policies, and initiating monitoring on AIIB projects in India, with a focused aim to strategize, campaign and demand transparency and accountability in their lending in India. It is an opportune moment to try and tackle the bank, and demand accountability in their financing in Indian projects, when this year India is hosting AIIB’s 3rd Annual Governors Meet [AGM]. Groups from Mumbai, along with other Indian organisations will jointly host the event which will include plenary, self-organised workshops, passing of resolutions, cultural events and press conference.
Please do block your dates and plan to join in this important event. Your contribution will be keenly looked forward to. We are not in a position to pay for your travel expenses though we have some solidarity accommodation arranged. We will try and raise some resources for travel by appealing to organisations to subsidise travel of activists from social movement and hinterland. Please plan to reach in morning of June 21st or 20th night and leave by 23rdJune evening.
VENUE: Plenary at Y.B Chavan Hall and workshops at YWCA and YMCA.
We look forward to being with you in Mumbai on June 21-23, 2018!
With warm regards,
Peoples Convention on Infrastructure Financing – A peoples response to AIIB
For further details, please contact:
Working Group on IFIs |firstname.lastname@example.org
Maju Varghese | 8826249887
Mecanzy Dabre | 9665006429
Himshi Singh | 9867348307
Logistics for the program.
The Convention will begin at 9.00 am on 21stand request you to kindly join us in time. The Convention will have Inauguration which will be plenary and then break for self-organised workshops/seminars at YMCA and YWCA. There will be 20 parallel sessions during the entire two days. The program will end with a conclusion session which will be at Y.B.Chavan Hall.
Self Organised Workshops
Peoples Convention invites organisations to organise workshops on the following themes
- Infrastructure financing
- Financing Social Infrastructure
- Development Finance Institutions –
- Policies and safeguards of DF Institutions.
- Urban Development
- Mass Transport
- Port and Coastal Infrastructure
- Energy and Energy Finance
- Politics and International Financing
- Water Sector Reforms
- Privatisation etc..
Each self-organised workshop will get spaces for their workshop ranging from 30 -80 people with sound system and minimum infrastructure. We request a contribution of Rs 5000/- Five thousand only towards organising expenses and if the program is co-organised an amount of 3000/- Three thousand only from each co-organiser. We would request self-organisers to organise the travel and accommodation for their resource persons and participants. A contribution of Rs 3000/- (three thousand only) towards the general travel fund meant to subsidise travel of activists from far areas and who cannot support travel.
When AB and RK shot Without Footwear For 102 Not Out!
We all know that Amitabh Bachchan and Rishi Kapoor are playing father-son duo in Umesh Shukla’s 102 Not Out. And also the fact that their characters are Gujarati.
But here’s something that you don’t know that they had to do while playing these characters. Since their characters are Gujarati, the duo was not allowed to wear footwear in the scenes that were shot inside the house. Well, the fact is that, Gujaratis in general do not wear footwear in the house, hence director Umesh Shukla wanted to make sure that the actors dont wear any slippers inside the house so that their characters get are real as possible.
Talking about the same, the filmmaker says, “We Gujarati’s don’t have the habit of wearing footwear inside the house. So I wanted Amitabh Bachchan and Rishi Kapoor also to not wear any footwear during the shoot. I was in two minds about if I should ask them or not. However, when I discussed the same with them, they instantly agreed with me.”
Well, now thats the dedication that makes them the actors that they are today.
Invitation | Exhibition Preview | ‘In The Shadow Of The Raj’ by Tasveer l Thursday, May 3, 2018 | 6:30
Bikaner House New Delhi
Congress on Saturday questioned how a private entity was given the mandate to maintain the iconic Red Fort, days after a corporate house signed an agreement with the tourism ministry under its ‘Adopt a Heritage’ project.
The Dalimia Bharat group, under thememorandum of understanding, would maintain the monument and build basic infrastructure around it and has committed a sum of Rs 25 crore for the purpose over a period spanning five years.
“They are handing over the iconic monument to a private business. What is your commitment to the idea of India, to the history of India? We know you have no commitment, but we still want to ask you,” Congress spokesperson Pawan Khera told reporters.
Bro. C.A. Shinde from Adyar will take lecture in Shankar Lodge at 24, East Patel Nagar, New Delhi on 28th April, Saturday at 6 pm on ‘Types of Disciples’.
TYPES OF DISCIPLES
BRO. C.A. SHINDE
24, EAST PATEL NAGAR