Federation of Chambers of
Commerce and Industry of Sri Lanka

SAARC CCI Conference

                                                              SAARC CCI Conference
                                               South Asia: Shaping the New Paradigm for Growth

SAARC Chambers of Commerce and Industry ( SAARC CCI ) of Islamabad, Pakistan in collaboration with the Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Sri Lanka ( FCCISL ) conducted the SAARC CCI Conference on South Asia: Shaping the New Paradigm for Growth on 3rd June 2016 at Hotel Turyaa Kalutara. The conference was themed on Securing South Asia’s Energy Future and Moving South Asia Forward with the SAARC Motor Vehicle and Railways Agreement.

Forty Five delegates from SAARC Countries and top officials of SAARC Secretariat, government officials, Officials of SAARC CCI, academicians and business leaders of participating countries of SAARC regional block participated at the forum.

The discussion was held on energy projects which could suffix the energy deficit of each country and how success of each energy project could benefit the region as a whole. At the session on the motor vehicle and railways agreement it was discussed how the seamless movement of people and vehicle will reduce the cost of logistics and benefit regional trade.

Sessions on Energy was moderated by Dehabandu Macky Hashim Former Presidnent SAARC CCI and Mr. Vinod Junia Vice President SAARC CCI ( India ) moderated the session on SAARC Motor Vehicle and Railways Agreement. Mr. Suraj Vaidya President SAARC CCI, Mr. Ajith Wattuhewa Senior Vice President SAARC CCI and Mr. Sarath Kahaopalarchci President FCCISL too addressed the conference.

Mr.Suraj Vaidya emphasized the fact that SAARC region is the economically least integrated block in the world though nearly 23% of global population lives with in the region. Therefore we to know how to increase connectivity with in the region and as a part of the strategy SAARC CCI will put up a sub-regional office in Colombo and following after in Mumbai and Dhaka . Further he said measures to be taken to ratify the important SAARC Motor Vehicle and Railways agreement to unleash the potential for connectivity to trade within South Asia . He even proposed to create SAARC Industrial Parks in each SAARC Country to promote friendship and fraternity and thanked the government of Pakistan and Afghanistan for granting land to set up SAARC Industrial Parks in each country. He also shared the six point agenda of SAARC CCI for year 2016-2017 which is to promote trade, investment , tourism , economic prosperity and connectivity to unleash the potential of South Asia .The findings of the conference will be presented at the upcoming SAARC Summit to the Heads of State in November in Islamabad .
Mr. Ajith Wattuhewa, Senior Vice President of SAARC CCI addressing the conference
From Left: Mr. Vijay Karbanda, Director of Integrated Research & Action for Development, Mr. Ali Haider Altaf, Director of SAARC Secretariat, Mr. Ajith Wattuhewa, Senior Vice President of SAARC CCI, Mr. Suraj Vaidya, President of SAARC CCI, Mr. Sarath Kahapalarachchi, President of FCCISL, Deshabandhu Macky Hashim, Former President of SAARC CCI, Mr. Subodh Kumar, Executive Programs of FNF Foundation.

Mr. Suraj Vaidya, President of SAARC CCI addressing the conference