30th SAARC Charter Day Celebration

As a regular annual feature of activities, SAARC Chamber of Commerce & industry in partnership with Friedrich Naumann Foundation (FNF) organised a seminar under the theme “South Asia on Move: From Talks to Actions” on the occasion of the 30th SAARC Charter day on 8th December 2014 at Islamabad. Hon’ble Federal Minister for Commerce, Mr. Khurram Dastagir khan inaugurated the Seminar.

Mr. Iftikhar Ali Malik, Vice President SAARC CCI (Pakistan) presenting
SAARC CCI official crest to Hon’ ble Engr. Khurram Dastagir Khan, Minister for Commerce,
Government of Pakistan in presence of diplomats and senior members.

Hon’ble Federal Minister for Commerce, Mr. Khurram Dastagir khan, in his inaugural address reiterated the need for extending unconditional and mutual cooperation by member states of SAARC to eradicate poverty through trade and investment, promote fair and free trade, greater market access and hurdle free movement of goods and people across the region. He was of the opinion that SAARC need to move from suspicious attitude to facilitation. While citing to the vision of Hon’ ble Prime Minister Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, he added that history has divide us but common problems, threats and abundant resource in each member states will unite us economically in the larger interest of the masses.

Mr. Iftikhar Ali Malik, Vice President, SAARC CCI(Pakistan), in his welcome remarks expressed that the signing of SAARC “Framework Agreement for Energy Cooperation (Electricity)” by Heads of States during the recently concluded 18th SAARC Summit at Kathmandu, Nepal has given new ray of hope and the a serious step forward towards regional connectivity in South Asia.

Mr. Zubair A. Malik, Executive Committee Member, SAARC CCI read out the message of H.E Arjun Bahadur Thapa, Secretary General SAARC in context of the SAARC Charter Day and emphasized for movement of hurdle free movement of business people across South Asia.

The inaugural session was also addressed by Dr. Almut Besold, Resident Representative –FNF Pakistan, H.E. Mr. Janan Mosazai, Ambassador, Embassy of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in Pakistan, H.E. Mr. Suhrab Hossain, High Commissioner of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh to Pakistan, , H.E. Maj General Rtd Moosa Ali Jaleel, High Commissioner of the Republic of Maldives to Pakistan, H.E. Mr. Tirtha Raj Aryal, Acting Ambassador of Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal to Pakistan, Mrs. Wijayanthi Edirisinghe, Minister Counsellor, High Commission of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka to Pakistan. Mrs. Shaista Pervaiz Malik, Member, National Assembly of Pakistan & Chairperson SAARC Chamber’s Women Entrepreneurs Council offered vote of thanks.

The inaugural session was followed by Technical session “SAARC Allied Organisations : Role and functions under the chaired of Mrs. Shaista Pervaiz Malik and addressed by Mr. Amir Mustafa, Research Officer, SAARC Human Resource Development Centre, Islamabad, Mr. Thusantha Wijemanna, Director General, SAARC Arbitration Council, Islamabad, Mr. Shahzada Khalid, Acting Director, SAARC Energy Centre, Islamabad, Ms. Ferzeen Khan., Deputy Secretary General, South Asian Federation of Exchanges, Islamabad. The presenters enlightened the participants with work and functions of their respective organizations particularly highlighting measures towards regional integration of South Asia.

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