South Asia Association for Regional Cooperation

  • 3-Oct-2016 New Indian Express
    Time has once again come to wind up SAARC

    Even as India and others boycott SAARC, they must accelerate economic integration. India should address the concerns of countries such as Bangladesh and Nepal while investing in regional connectivity.

  • 12-Sep-2016 Daily Times
    Trade through SAFTA demanded

    Eight finance ministers from South Asia pushed for the fast-track formation of the South Asian Economic Union (SAEU) to ensure larger investment inflows, higher trade volumes and energy generation.

  • 25-Mar-2016 The Himalayan Times
    SAFTA meet likely next month

    The commerce ministers will discuss on enhancing intra-SAARC trade flows under SAFTA and vision for further trade liberalisation by reducing non-tariff and para-tariff barriers.

  • 28-Dec-2015
    Modi’s Pak stopover ignites hope for trade talks

    Trade dialogue between India and Pakistan — officially in the cold storage for almost three years — is set to be revived, now that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has broken the political ice with Islamabad with his Christmas visit to Lahore.

  • 12-Oct-2015
    Sitharaman bats for early implementation of SAFTA

    Commerce and industry minister Nirmala Sitharaman made a strong pitch for greater integration of the South Asian region, even as she underscored the need for speedy implementation of the South Asian Free Trade Agreement (Safta) agreement.

  • 2-Sep-2015 Colombo Page
    Private sectors of Sri Lanka, Pakistan urged to forge deeper links to boost trade

    Pakistan and Sri Lanka are important partners not only in promoting bilateral trade and economic interactions but also enhancing regional economic integration through SAARC and SAFTA.

  • 8-Jan-2014
    Second largest SAARC partner hungry for Lankan exports, FTA trade

    Sri Lanka’s second largest trade partner in SAARC, Pakistan, is hungry for more Lankan exports in the coming year-while also closely looking at Sri Lanka’s sugar sector for entry.

  • 15-Jul-2013
    ‘Promotion of SAARC trade top priority’

    Promotion of trade among SAARC countries is one of the top priorities of the government, said Federal Minister for Finance Senator Mohammad Ishaq Dar talking to Air Chief Marshal Jayalath Weerakkody High Commissioner of Sri Lanka.

  • 1-Apr-2012
    Changing partners in commerce

    The calls to boycott American goods and services in the wake of the recent resolution at the United Nations Commission on Human Rights (UNCHR) have highlighted the fact that Sri Lanka’s export trade is heavily dependent on a narrow slew of countries.

  • 17-Feb-2012 Express Tribune
    SAARC countries agree to reform trade, visa regime

    The eight member states of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation vowed to reduce the size of their respective sensitive lists of non-tradable items and expressed satisfaction over signing of the Saarc Agreement on Trade in Services.

  • 6-Nov-2011
    Saarc: PM may suggest economic integration

    As Prime Minister Manmohan Singh heads for the Maldives next week to participate in the 17th Saarc summit, it is expected that he will be suggesting some mechanisms to promote a greater level of regional economic integration.

  • 6-Nov-2011
    Modest agenda on Saarc table, 4 pacts to be signed

    With many of its big ideas still await implementation, the eight-member South Association for Regional Cooperation (Saarc) countries seem to have gone for a modest agenda this time.

  • 9-Jun-2011
    Now, a South Asia Forum to boost Saarc

    The last summit of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (Saarc), last month in Thimphu, had mandated creation of a South Asia Forum, consisting of diverse stakeholders from all member-countries to generate ideas to further links. This is now taking shape.

  • 5-Jun-2011
    For harnessing South Asia’s trade potential

    The South Asia Free Trade Agreement (SAFTA) has so far been long on promises but short on actions. It was envisaged to raise inter-regional trade in South Asia - which is one of the world’s least economically integrated regions - to $40 billion by 2015 from $11bn in 2007, shortly after it was agreed. But that now clearly remains a very tall promise.

  • 24-May-2011
    Saarc Chamber’s report on investment

    The SAARC Chamber of Commerce and Industry has urged the South Asian countries, particularly India and Pakistan to set aside political issues and introduce free trade policy to bring prosperity in the region.

  • 22-May-2011
    SAARC Chamber vows to promote trade

    All members of the SAARC Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SAARC CCI) unanimously resolved to promote trade and strengthen economic ties besides accelerating the developmental activities among member countries.

  • 9-Feb-2011 Economic Times
    India urges Saarc states to ratify services trade deal

    India on Tuesday urged all member-states to ratify the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (Saarc) Agreement on Trade in Services, terming it a "big step forward" for increasing trade within the region.

  • 9-Jun-2010
    Services to be liberalised

    If entering into trade agreements is opening up the floodgates to bigger countries, then some in Sri Lanka do not want the flood-gates opened to India, but the government has already done so, for seven other countries besides India. CEPA is carved in stone, some claim, but it is far from reality

  • 20-Nov-2009
    India to play a proactive role in SAARC

    Economic integration of all the eight South Asian countries posses a challenge to the political leaders of the region. Though South Asia Free Trade Agreement (SAFTA) was operationalised from July 2006 the intra regional trade increased at a snail space from 3.2% in 1980s to only 5.5% in 2008, which is far below when compared with 58% in NAFTA, 54% in European Union, 25% in ASEAN and 22% in COMESA.

  • 14-Nov-2009
    Saarc to negotiate on liberalisation of services market

    Services market within the Saarc (South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation) region could be liberalized. Trade ministers from Saarc countries have agreed to negotiate on liberalising the services market within the region.

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