SAARC CCI delegation, Led by Mr. Suraj Vaidya, President, Called upon Hon. Malik Samarawickrema, Minister of Development Strategies and International Trade, Government of Sri Lanka

Mr. Suraj Vaidya, President, SAARC CCI called upon Hon. Malik Samarawickrema, Minister of Development Strategies and International Trade, Government of Sri Lanka, in his good office in Colombo on May 18, 2017. Mr. Vaidya was accompanied by Mr. Ruwan Edirisinghe, Snr. Vice President, Mr. Tissa Jayaweera, Executive Member (Sri Lanka), Ms. Hina Saeed, Executive Director and Mr. Zulfiqar Ali Butt, Director,  SAARC CCI.

Mr. Suraj Vaidya President, SAARC CCI while thanking Hon’ble Minister for providing an opportunity to call upon his esteemed office shared that, SAARC CCI has recently opened its first sub office in Colombo, and next year the Chair of SAARC CCI is also coming to Sri Lanka. He further shared that during his tenure, he remained focused on investments, and in perusing our objective, we have planned an Investment Forum in September along with a SAARC Trade Fair in Sri Lanka. He further shared that SAARC CCI delegation will be going to Kunming, China to market the emerging opportunities for investment in South Asia.

Hon. Malik Samarawickrema, while responding to Mr. Vaidya reinforced the need for the nations to come together. Despite SAFTA and other trade agreements, we are not able to gain substantial results. He further added that the lack of trust between SAARC member states is high, although in Sri Lanka we have broadened the investment policies for everyone and have introduced good investment schemes.


Presenting the SAARC investment outlook to Hon. Malik Samarawikrama,
Minister of Strategic Development and International Trade, Sri Lanka

Mr. Ruwan Edirisinghe, Senior Vice President, SAARC CCI said that the initiative to have a series of Investment forums will unleash investment opportunities. He added that we have bi-lateral and multilateral agreements to solve trade issues on bigger scales. There is a need to learn from ASEAN member states that encourages trade among member states by signing preferential trade agreements.

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