The first ever SAARC Business Leaders Conclave: South Asia Regional Integration and Growth -- the first of its kind, presented & organized by the SAARC Chamber of Commerce and Industry in collaboration with its Indian constituent, the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) on November 17-18 in Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi.
Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh was the Chief Guest and inaugurated the conclave. State Minister for Finance and Planning Hon’able Shah Mohammad Abul Hossain also grace the occasion with his presence. One of the main objectives of the conclave is to expedite the economic integration process of South Asian Association for Regional Co-operation.
The event brought together diverse networks of business, diplomatic and developmental communities across South Asia in a single platform that helped design a plan for achieving higher economic growth and reducing poverty by making the SAARC one of the fastest growing blocs.
There was total of six sessions on; Improving Competitiveness and Growth in South Asia, South Asia in Global Economy: Regional and Global Integration, Investment Climate in South Asia, How to Improve Technology Skills and Innovation in South Asia, Strengthening Co-operation on Infrastructure and Development, and SAARC Melting Port: South Asia Soft Power during the two-day event.
More than 400 delegates from seven member countries visited India to attend SAARC Business Leaders Conclave.