Kathmandu: The fourth SAARC Business Leaders Conclave themed Peace and Prosperity through Regional Connectivity, started here Tuesday.
Around 250 delegates from members SAARC countries, including Afghanistan, India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan, Bhutan and Sri Lanka, are attending the three-day conclave aimed to enhance business connectivity among the member countries.
Inaugurating the conclave President Ram Baran Yadav said, "Business leaders of South Asian countries can do much more to bring prosperity and improve quality of life of the common people of South Asia than the governments."
President of SAARC Chamber of Commerce and Industries Annisul Huq stressed on the need to enhance connectivity among the SAARC nations, simplify visa and end all tariff and
non-tariff barriers to improve trade among the SAARC countries.
He also proposed to establish South Asian Regional Investment Promotion Agency for greater cooperation among the member countries in trade and business.
The three-day conclave will feature discussions on various topics such as "Water, Energy, Climate Change and Food security", " Women Leadership for Regional Business Opportunities" and Trade and Investment in South Asia: challenges and opportunities."