A leading Industrialist from Nepal Suraj Vaidya, President- VOITH, took over SAARC CCI Presidency for the term 2016-17

A leading Nepali Industrialist Mr. Suraj Vaidya, President, Vaidya Organization of Industries & Trading Houses (Nepal), and Former President, FNCCI, took over SAARC CCI Presidency for the term 2016-17.

Mr. Vaidya took over SAARC CCI Presidency in ceremony graced by Hon’ble Prime Minister of Nepal Mr. KP Sharma Oli and Nepal Foreign Minister Hon’ ble Kamal Thapa.  

At this occasion, Hon’Prime Minister of Nepal Mr. KP Sharma Oli, while extending congratulations to Vaidya and kind wishes for his successful tenure as the President of the SAARC CCI,  stressed upon all the SAARC member states to come together to unleash immense potentials of development in the region. He added that a conducive environment has been created in Nepal for alluring the investment after the promulgation of the new constitution. “The government is ready to make amendments to the existing laws if found inconsistent in bringing foreign investment to the country” Mr. Sharma added.

“If we utilize our potential in its true order, our region could make higher pace of development within next decades although currently it is lagging behind in terms of development” Mr Oli vowed.  He said that the change in SAARC CCI Presidency has significant importance as it has been allied to SAARC Foreign Minister-Level Meeting is being scheduled in next couple of days.

Foreign Minister Hon’ble Mr. Kamal Thapa while addressing the gathering said, despite of the intense proximity the South Asian region is the least connected region in the world and there is need to work for eliminating tariff and non-tariff barriers. South Asian countries do less than 5 percent trade among them as lack of physical connectivity and political will and long sensitive lists have remained stumbling block for enhanced trade and investment. Even 10 years after the signing of the South Asia Free Trade Agreement (SAFTA), trade in the region has not grown as expected. He said he will raise the issue in the upcoming foreign minister-level meeting.

Addressing the occasion, Mr. Vaidya said “Being President of SAARC CCI my focus is to priorities better connectivity and establishment of SAARC industrial parks for better investment facilitation”.  He added that new committee will work for the implementation of the Motor Vehicle Agreement proposed in the 18th SAARC Summit held in Kathmandu in 2014. “Connectivity is one of the key challenges of the region as free movement of people as well as goods is necessary for economic growth” Mr. Vaidya added.

Mr. Padma Jyoti, Mr. Vikramjit Singh Sahney and Mr. Dasho Ugen Tsechup Dorji the Former Presidents of SAARC CCI were also present at the occasion.  A sizeable delegation travelled to Kathmandu from South Asian countries to participate in ceremony.

From Afghanistan, Mr. Yonass Mohamad- Vice President, Mr. Mujahidullah Safi-EC Member, SAARC CCI and Mr. Zia Azizi from ACCI participated.
From Bangladesh, Mr. Mahbubul Alam- Vice President, Mr. Shafquat Haider- EC Member, Sheikh Fazle Fahim- EC Member, Mr. Md. Rezaul karim Reznu- EC Member, Mr. Md. Habib Ullah Dawn- EC Member, Mrs. Naaz Farhana - EC Member, Mr. Khandaker Ruhul Amin- GA Member, Mr. Md. Muntakim Ashraf- GA Member, Mr. Shameem Ahmed- GA Member, Mr. Selim Reza- GA Member, SAARC CCI, Mir Shahabuddin Mohammad-SG-FBCCI,participated.

From Bhutan, in addition to Dasho Ugen Tsechup Dorji-Former President SAARC CCI & BCCI, Mr. Karma Dhendup-EC Member, Mr. Chencho Nidup-EC Member, Ms. Phub Zam-EC Member, and Ms. Karma Tshering Denka-EC Member, SAARC CCI and Mr. Phub Tshering, SG-BCCI participated.  

From India, in addition to former President, Mr. Vikranjit Singh Sahney,Former Presidert SAARC CCI, Mr. Vinod Juneja- Vice President, Mr. B. K. Bajoria-EC Member, Mr. Pankaj Tandon-EC Member, Mr. Rajeev Chadha-EC Member, Mr. Sheegopal Kabra-EC Member, Mr. Hakimuddin Ali -EC Member, Mr. Goutam Ghosh-FCCI, Mr. Ameet Kumar-CII, Mr. Subodh Kumar-FNST participated.

From Nepal, EC Members Mr. Gyanendra Lal Pradhan, Mr. Chandra Prasad Dhakal, Ms. Rita Bhandary, Mr. Shahil Agrawal, Mr. Saurya Rana, Mr. Rajendra Man Sherchan, Mr. R.B Rauniar, Mrs. Pramila Rijal and GA Members- Ms. Jyotsna Shrestha, Mr. Rajan Sharma, Mr. Sandeep Gadia, Mr. Vijay Dugar, Mrs. Shreejana Rana, Mr. Bijay Dalmiya, Mr. Pawan Kumar Sarda, Mr. Ram Kumar Sharma, Mr. Pradeep Kumar Kedia, Mr. Shiva Shankar Sah participated

From Pakistan Mr. Zubair Ahmed Malik, Former President FPCCI and EC Member SAARC CCI, Mr. Hameed Akhtar Chadda-EC Member, Mr. Saifuddin Zoomkawala- EC Member, Mr. Zubair Tufail- EC Member, Mian Tariq Yaqoob- EC Member, Mr. Daroo Khan- EC Member-SAARC CCI, Mr. Hassan Yousaf, participated.

From Sri Lanka, Mr. Ajith Wattuhewa, Snr- Vice President, Mr. Tissa Jayaweera-EC Member, Mr. Mangala Deshapriya Jayasinghe-EC Member, Dr. Amila Kankanamge, EC Member- SAARC CCI, Mr. Sarath Kahapalaarachi, President, FCCISL & EC Member, Mr. Ajith Damantha Perera-SG,FCCISL & Mr. Roshan Gunawardena, participated.

From SAARC CCI secretariat (Pakistan), Mr. Muhammad Iqbal Tabish, Secretary General, Mr. Bader Munir, Deputy Secretary, Mr. Imran Ali, Research Associate-SAARC CCI participated in the ceremony.

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