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SAARC Chamber of Commerce and Industry newly elected President urges for innovative strategies to re-energize South Asia

Islamabad, April 21, 2014 (PPI-OT): A renowned business leader of Maldives and the 1st Vice President of Maldives National Chamber of Commerce and Industry Ismail Asif took over as the President of SAARC Chamber of Commerce and Industry for the term 2014-2015 during handover, takeover ceremony organised by Maldives National Chamber of Commerce and Industry at Male, Maldives on Saturday, the 19th April 2014.

Hon’ble Ahmed Adeeb Abdul Ghafoor, Minister for Tourism (Maldives) who was chief guest of the ceremony witnessed and addressed the ceremony ensured fullest support to further strengthen SAARC CCI during the term of Maldives. At this occasion, outgoing and incoming Presidents of SAARC CCI presented their views and expressed determination to further deepen regional cooperation.

Mr. Iftikhar Ali Malik, Vice President of SAARC CCI (Pakistan) nominated for 4th consecutive term offered vote of thanks and felicitated the newly appointed President, Vice Presidents, Executive Committee and General Assembly Members while appreciating the services rendered by Vikramjit Singh Sahney.

After taking over, Ismail Asif stated that SAARC nations are required to adopt innovative strategies to promote intra-regional trade, which was not reflecting its true potential. “We need to realize that how SAARC is seen by rest of the World” said newly elected President of SAARC CCI and added that region needed a lot of groundwork to become centre of gravity in Asian century.

Earlier, Mr. Vikramjit Singh Sahney, the outgoing President and a leading businessman from India while relinquishing his services presented brief report of the activities during his term 2012-13 in the joint session of the 60th Executive Committee and the 19th General Assembly.

The Committee while greatly appreciating the performance of the outgoing President, approved term report and the annual audit of SAARC CCI along with endorsement of other important decisions taken in 57th, 58th and 59th Executive by General Assembly. The house also appreciated Iqbal Tabish, Secretary General of SAARC CCI for execution of decisions in constitutional framework and his hard work to successfully steer the functioning of the organisation.

The meeting and handover, takeover ceremony was attended by business leaders and representatives from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. SAARC CCI delegation from Pakistan was led by former President Tariq Sayeed while Zakria Usman, President FPCCI led 14- members delegation comprising Zubair Ahmed Malik, Immediate Past President FPCCI, Mian Shaukat Ahmed, Snr. Vice President FPCCI and Executive Committee Members i.e. Saifuddin Zoomkawala, Hameed Akhtar Chadda, Fazal Elahi, Shahzada Alam. and Luqman Yehya.

Begum Munawwara Hakum Ali, newly appointed Vice President SAARC CCI led Bangladeshi delegation. Mr. B.K.Bijoria, Mr. Vinod Juneja and Mr. Rakesh Muthra represented India. Dr. Debadi, Dg-FNCCI (Nepal), Tissa Jayaweera newly appointed Vice President and Mr. Kosala Wickramanayake, outgoing Vice President of SAARC CCI represented Sri Lanka while Maldives was represented by Mohammad Rasheed, Vice President, Ismail Noordin and Muhammad Atif.

For more information, contact:
South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation Chamber Of Commerce and Industry
Apex Business Organization of SAARC
House No. 397, Street 64, I-8/3, Islamabad- Pakistan
Tel: +9251 486 0611 -3, 831 6023
Fax: +9251 831 6024
Email: info@saarcchamber.org,
Website: www.saarcchamber.org

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