Activities Round Up

Date : 29 Nov to 01 Dec 2012
Place : New Delhi
Organised by : FISME

FISME hosts SAARC Trade Promotion Network Meet


FISME hosted two important meetings of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) Trade Promotion Network in New Delhi, the first meeting ‘the Working Group Meeting’ was organised on November 29 & 30, 2012 and the second, ‘the Operations Committee’ was structured on December 1, 2012.      


Mr Horst Amman, Project Manager, GIZ SAARC-TPN (Nepal) chaired the meetings and Dr OJ Kureck moderated them.  Network members from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Nepal and Sri Lanka participated in the deliberations along with officials from Centre for the Promotion of Imports from developing countries, CBI (the Netherlands). 

SAARC-TPN, supported by GIZ (Nepal), is a constellation of 28 key public and private-sector institutions responsible for trade-related matters from all eight SAARC member countries. The programme aims to strengthen the content-specific structure of regional trade-related agreements, to promote their implementation at state level and support the resulting private sector potential for intra-regional trade through five working groups in the areas of  trade information portal, business –to- business (B2B) approaches, quality, infrastructure and trade.

During the meeting, Mr Koos Van Eyk, CBI (the Netherlands) and Mr Kuldeep Sharma, member WG-SME, jointly gave presentations on the sector specific potential study for regional cooperation among SAARC countries.  Mr Bastiaan, Trade Advisor, CBI, Netherlands joined thorough video link to share his perspective on the proposed study.  

The presentation was broadly based on research methodology, research findings and priority sector identification. Case studies were also carried out with each country representative to validate the study findings.  After intense deliberations, members of coordination meeting agreed to work on four priority sectors for regional cooperation and further in-depth value chain analysis.