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Building Greater Understanding for Improved Trade and Development

Reporting on business, development and the economy has never been more important for journalists. Business and economic reporters shed light on vital issues that play a significant role in policy and help create solutions between countries.

Benefits of South Asia Economic Integration: A Journalism Summit will bring together journalists from six countries to explore the growing economic power, expertise and opportunity of this important region.

The summit is organized by the Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism, a nonprofit center located at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University, that has provided training on business issues for more than 30,000 journalists around the world.

On each day of the summit, journalists will receive solid data and strategies on trade, investment, development and media coverage and hear from prominent experts and specialists on economics and business in the region. In addition, sessions led by veteran journalists will provide opportunities for attendees to voice their observations, opinions and ideas and learn from each other. Our hope is that journalists will come away with new information, personal connections and story ideas about the economy and prospects of all of South Asia.

Our experienced journalist organizers: 


Andrew Leckey, a former national investment columnist, network TV financial anchor and author, is president of the Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism, which he launched in 2003. He also is Chair in Business Journalism at ASU’s Cronkite School, has been a Fulbright Scholar in China and Uganda, and teaches business journalism in Asia each year. 


B. William Silcock, a former broadcast journalist, is curator of the U.S. State Department’s Hubert H. Humphrey Fulbright Fellowship program for international journalists and is assistant dean at the Cronkite School. A Fulbright Scholar in Ireland and Sweden, he is a global innovator in journalism education and has trained journalists in many countries, including Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

The summit is sponsored by the Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism at Arizona State University and the U.S. Department of State.



Feb. 24 - 27, 2019

Important travel information:

Hotel Incidentals:

The conference is paying for your room, taxes and providing meals during the conference.  When you check in, attendees will not be allowed to charge anything to their room for incidentals unless you place a credit card, which will be authorized for AED500 per night.  If you do not place a credit card at the front desk, your account will be placed as a “No Post” meaning you will not be able to charge anything to your room.

Hotel Confirmation and Transportation from airport:

Please see the email that was sent to you directly from JanHM@asu.edu regarding your hotel confirmation number and the instructions on transportation to the hotel on conference dates.

Travel Insurance:

The conference did not cover this expense, if you choose to purchase insurance, this is at your own expense.


Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner (plus am/pm snacks) will be covered for you during the full conference days of Feb 25 - 27.  A welcome reception with hors d'oeuvres will be provided Feb 24; and breakfast is provided the morning of Feb 28 prior to you checking out of the hotel, based upon standard hotel breakfast hours.  Any other meals that you may require outside of these dates/times, you will be responsible for at your own expense.


ASU and Reynolds Center staff are traveling from Arizona to Dubai Feb 20 - 22 and will have limited access to email; should you need assistance during this time, please contact Sue Elliott at Sue.Elliott@asu.edu. Sue’s work hours are Arizona time (roughly 12 hours behind the time zone you are currently in).


Explore the Summit


Each day will feature expert keynote speakers, with a focus on trade, investments, jobs and economic growth from a regional perspective. The speakers will be followed by discussion panels to discuss and connect.

Summit Material

The summit aims to develop resources to inform government and business officials, as well as local citizens of each country, of the economic and business benefits of regional integration and cooperation.

Speakers & Moderators

Speakers from major organizations, think tanks and regional governments will underscore the region’s economic potential. While historical tensions cannot be overlooked, the monetary driver is the focus of this summit.

Your Coverage

After the summit, enter your work on regional integration into a contest judged by a panel of our expert speakers. We’ll post entries here so you can see what other attendees have been covering at home.


Discussion panels will allow journalist attendees to discuss what they’ve learned and make connections across the region to best cover these issues when they return home. Need to reconnect? Check back here.

Hotel and Visas

The summit will be held at the JW Marriott Marquis Hotel in Dubai, where attendees will also be staying. Visa applications will be posted in early January, which will be free of charge for all attendees.