SAARC CCI Delegation led by Mr. Suraj Vaidya, President, Called on Deputy Chairman Planning Commision, Mr. Sartaj Aziz

SAARC CCI delegation led by Mr. Suraj Vaidya, President, SAARC CCI called on Hon’ble Mr. Sartaj Aziz, Deputy Chairman Planning Commission, Government of Pakistan.During the meeting, President, SAARC CCI Mr. Suraj Vaidya invited the Excellency to 6th edition of SAARC Business Leaders Conclave (SBLC), scheduled in March, 2018 in Kathmandu, Nepal.  He applauded Pakistan’s support for enhancement of trade, investment and business amongst the member countries of the SAARC region. President SAARC CCI further appreciated the positive approach that Pakistan has been following to strengthen regional cooperation under the SAARC process.

He said that it was firm commitment of SAARC Chamber to continue all out efforts for further strengthening the role of SAARC in the region. He apprised Excellency about fruitful and result-oriented meeting with Federal Minister for Commerce and Textile Muhammad Pervaiz Malik, who assured his full cooperation in enhancing regional trade and SAARC Business Leaders Conclave. Suraj said that South Asia is mired in several crisis and conflicts at the moment due to various unresolved political and geographical factors and all these issues would be resolved effectively through strong regional connectivity and business to business contacts. He said law and order situation has been improved in Pakistan which is attracting foreign investment helpful enhancing trade activities in Pakistan that will lead regional trade cooperation among the member countries of South Asia. Appreciating the role of CPEC, he said South Asia could drive the benefits from China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) as it is an energy deficient region which can use Central Asia’s huge gas and oil resources to help address its energy deficits.

Mr. Iftikhar Ali Malik, Vice President, SAARC CCI (Pakistan), said that SAARC chamber will take full benefits of the experiences of Planning Commission to launch new industrial joint ventures and development-oriented projects. He reinforced Excellency for his participation to 6th SBLC, since the business community of South Asia would like enlighten themselves with the life-long expertise in the field of planning of new development projects in the region.

Excellency assured his full support and commitment towards the 6th edition of SAARC Business Leaders Conclave in Kathmandu, Nepal. He appreciated the efforts of President, SAARC CCI and SAARC CCI for bringing back the SAARC nations closer and strengthening the agenda of its Creation. He said that we invite all member states of SAARC to support China Pakistan Economic Corridor which will connect South Asia with Central Asian states and rest of the world. He emphasized that CPEC will added a significant impact on the China, Pakistan and regional economies as its role in bringing prosperity to the region cannot be ignored. “Social economic development is critical to convert challenges into opportunities in South Asia,” adding that the South Asia needs to connect with CPEC to derive benefits of the project which is spanned largely yielding investment and economic opportunities for South Asian nations which have potential and interest to gain from CPEC.

Mr. Zubair Ahmed Malik, Chairman, SAARC CCI Accounts and Finance Committee, and Member Executive Board, Mr. Sohail Hussain Malik, General Assembly Member, Ms. Hina Saeed, Secretary General, and Mr. Zulfiqar Ali Butt, Deputy Secretary General, SAARC CCI were also part of the delegation.

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