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Ruwan SAARC CCI president to visit Pakistan from today

LAHORE : President SAARC Chamber of
Commerce and Industry Ruwan Edirisinghe will arrive in Pakistan on July 10.
Tuesday) on a two-day visit to hold high level meeting with SAARC CCI
headquarter building committee besides meeting with local business
community and government officials to accelerate the efforts of the SAARC
chamber in promoting economic, trade and investment linkages across the
SAARC Chamber of Commerce and Industry Senior Vice President (SVP) Iftikhar
Ali Malik talking to media said here Monday that Ruwan, a leading industrialist and investor from Sri
Lanka, is due to arrive in Islamabad on Tuesday where he will meet the business
community and hold important meeting with SAARC CCI Headquarter building
committee to evaluate the construction work of the building.
He said during his stay, Ruwan is likely to meet important government
officials and trade leaders. He said his focus will continue to prioritise
better connectivity and establishment of SAARC industrial parks for better
investment facilitation.
He said there is a dire need to utilise this platform to bring prosperity
in the region. “If we utilise our potential in its true order, our region
could make higher pace of development within next decade, although
currently it is lagging behind in terms of development, he added
Iftikhar Malik said South Asian cooperation faces multiple challenges as
this constitutes the world’s second least developed region after
Sub-Saharan Africa and its per capita GDP, in terms of purchasing power
parity, is three times below the global average while it has more poor
people than the rest of the world.
He said SAARC CCI President Ruwan Edirising could play an important role as
catalyst to bring all the member states together and ensure timely and
effective implementation of programme and activities that would benefit the
Highlighting upcoming meetings of SAARC CCI President here in Pakistan,
Iftikhar Malik said the agenda of the meetings will be focused on enhancing
trade among all the SAARC countries- Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Sri
Lanka, Bhutan, Nepal, Maldives, and Afghanistan. The matters pertaining to
free trade in the SAARC region will also be discussed threadbare.

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