13th China South Asia Business Forum

President SAARC Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SAARC CCI), Mr. Ruwan Edirisinghe led a high-level business delegation to attend the 13th China South Asia Business Forum (CSABF) from 12 to 15 June 2018 in Kunming, Yunnan Province, China. The forum was held under the theme of “Shaping Future Together—Industrial Cooperation of Mutual Opening

The 13th China South Asia Business Forum was organized by China Council for Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT) and people’s Government of Yunnan Province in collaboration with SAARC Chamber of Commerce and Industry to boost regional economic cooperation between China & SAARC member states. This year, the Chair of 13th China South Asia Business Forum was with Afghanistan.

The event featured insightful speakers including Leader of Yunnan Province, Leader of China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT), H.E Sun Zhenyu, Former Vice Minister of Ministry of Foreign Trade and Economic Co-operation, Ms. Bhawani Mishra Rana, President of Federation of Nepalese Chambers of Commerce and Industry, Mr. Xiang Wenbo, President of Sany Heavy Industry Co.Ltd, Mr. Ganesh Kumar Gupta, President of Federation of Indian Export Organizations and Mr. Liu Guangxi, Chairman of China Council for the Promotion of International Trade, Yunnan Sub-council.

SAARC CCI delegation comprised of Ms. Hina Saeed, Secretary General SAARC CCI, Mr. Chandi Raj Dhakal, Vice President (Nepal) SAARC CCI, Dr. Rohitha Silva, Vice President (Sri Lanka) SAARC CCI, Mr. Suraj Vaidya, Former President SAARC CCI, Mr. Basudev Prasad Gautam, EC Member (Nepal) SAARC CCI, Mr. Gyanendra Lal Pradhan, EC Member SAARC CCI (Nepal), Mr. Zubair Ahmed Malik, EC Member SAARC CCI (Pakistan), Mr. Shehryar Ali Malik, Vice Chairman, SAARC Young Entrepreneurs Forum (Pakistan), Mr. Naseem Ur Rehman, EC Member, SAARC CCI (Pakistan), Mr. Zulfiqar Ali Butt, Deputy Secretary General, SAARC CCI, Mr. Keerthi Gunawardane, EC Member, SAARC CCI (Sri Lanka), Mr. Ruwan De Silva, GA member SAARC CCI (Sri Lanka) and Mr. M. K Sahriya, Life Member SAARC CCI (India).

President SAARC CCI, Mr. Ruwan Edirisinghe in his address thanked the Department of Commerce of China for its thorough preparations and thoughtful arrangement for this meeting for China-South Asia Business Cooperation. He urged for deeper economic cooperation with China saying that this collaboration will usher in a new era of advancement, prosperity, development, economic growth and welfare of people of the region.
 

Mr. Ruwan Edirisinghe, President SAARC CCI delivering a keynote address at the inaugural
session of 13th CSABF, Kunming, China


 
SAARC CCI delegates at the opening ceremony of 13th China-South
Asia Business Forum (CSABF), Kunming, China

The 13th China South Asia Business Forum comprised of sub forums including The 3rd Symposium on China-South Asia, Southeast Asia Commercial Legal Cooperation, Youth Sub-Forum: Youth and New Economy, Yunnan and Indian Ocean Economic Cooperation (YIOEC), and 1st China- South Asia Cooperation Forum High Level Roundtable Meeting for China-South Asia Business Cooperation.
 

President SAARC CCI, Mr. Ruwan Edirisinghe addressing the inaugural session of
"The 3rd Symposium on China-South Asia, Southeast Asia Commercial Legal"
 

Mr. Ruwan Edirisinghe, President SAARC CCI presenting a souvenir to Excellency Mr. Zhang Wei, Vice
President, China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT)
 

Mr. Sherhyar Ali Malik, Vice Chairman SAARC Young Entrepreneurs Forum (SYEF)
at the Youth Sub-Forum: Youth and New Economy
 

Group Picture of Distinguished Speakers at the session "Yunnan and Indian Ocean Economic
Cooperation (YIOEC)" during 13th CSABF, Kunming, China.  
 

Mr. Zubair Ahmed Malik, EC Member (Pakistan) SAARC CCI while addressing at the
"China- South Asia High Level Roundtable Meeting for Business Cooperation" in Yuxi, China.


SAARC CCI delegation visit to Chengdu:

Prior to meetings in Kunming, SAARC CCI delegation visited CCPIT Sichuan and met the leadership to exchange the views to strengthen the China South Asia collaboration to enhance member countries participation in forthcoming China-South Asia Promotional seminar scheduled in September, 2018.

Mr. Le Gang, President, CCPIT Sichuan while welcoming the President, Immediate Past President and delegates from SAARC member states said that we want to strengthen our 8 years of cooperation and meaning full outcome of this forum and B2B meeting during forthcoming seminar. This year Nepal is the focus country of seminar and we will be happy if SAARC CCI could confirm the participation of Prime Minister of Nepal and Tourism Minister of Nepal to our seminar, said Mr. Gang.

Mr. Ruwan while acknowledging the role of CCPIT-Chengdu in strengthening the relationship between China and South Asia countries said that i will ensure participation from all SAARC member states in forthcoming seminar. He added that our Nepal chapter will try their level best to seek the confirmation of Prime Minister of Nepal for the said seminar. He also acknowledged the role of his predecessor in enhancing Sino-South Asia relations.

The SAARC CCI delegation comprised of Mr. Chandi Raj Dhakal, Vice President, SAARC CCI (Nepal), Mr. Suraja Vaidya, Immediate Past President, Mr. Zubair Ahmed Malik, Mr. Naseem Ur Rehman, EC members, Pakistan, Mr. Sherhyar Malik, Vice Chairman SYEF (Pakistan), Ms. Hina Saeed, SG, Mr. Zulfiqar Butt, DSG, Ms. Zeenath Lay, Secretary President, SAARC CCI.
 
CCPIT- Chengdu President Mr. Le Gang meeting with SAARC CCI delegation led by
President Mr. Ruwan Edirisinghe to Chengdu, China.

Visit to OBOR Building, Sichuan Province, China:

Mr. Ruwan Edirisnghe, President, SAARC CCI along SAARC CCI members visited the office in OBOR building in Chengdu, Sichuan Province allocated for SAARC CCI sub office.  SAARC CCI had signed a MoU in September 2017, with the OBOR management to open SAARC CCI office in the building.

The team finalized the opening of SAARC CCI sub office in OBOR building during meeting with OBOR representative in Sichuan, China. Currently SAARC CCI secretariat is in process in submission of all legal documents required by OBOR office, to activate the sub office soon.

Meeting with CAFTEC and Visit to Chengdu International Trade City:

The SAARC CCI delegation led by President, SAARC CCI Mr. Ruwan Edirisinghe, had a meeting with Mr. Chen Xiao, Secretary General, CAFTEC (Chengdu Association for Foreign Trade and Economic Cooperation) and his team to strengthen trade relation between China and South Asian countries.

The CAFTEC team led by Mr. Chen Xiao, Secretary General, CAFTEC, arranged SAARC CCI delegation visit to International Trade City (ITC), in Chengdu, China. The CAFTEC team offered 500 square meter space in International Trade City to SAARC CCI which could be utilized to strengthen trade between SAARC member states and China.
 

SAARC CCI Presidential delegation meeting with Chengdu International Trade City Management

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