28-30 September 2015 South Asia Economic Conclave

NEW DELHI

  • India's merchandise trade with South Asia was
    US$20 billion in 2013-14 and is growing at 20.18% annually
  • South Asia was home
    to 1.65 billion people in 2013
  • The estimated nominal GDP of South Asia
    is US$2.561 trillion
  • The region has been growing at 6% annually over
    the last two decades.
  • South Asia is home to 26%
    of the entire world's youth

Afghanistan Chamber
of Commerce & Industries

Established in 1931, Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce & Industries (ACCI or “Chamber”) is an independent organization that is serving the advocacy and business facilitation needs for a burgeoning private sector economy. Currently, the Chamber represents over 90 % of the total Afghan work force. Today, ACCI is uniquely positioned to influence the pace of economic growth and reform. Strategically nestled at the nexus of public, investor, donor, academia, media, and foreign channels, the Chamber is facilitating the interests of the Afghan private sector to a diverse audience. Through its business advocacy, the Chamber is seeking a balance between regulation and revenue. As a vehicle for promoting trade and investment, it is opening new markets for Afghan products, matching potential buyers with potential sellers, and advancing the investment narrative of the nation. From access to networks of global partners, the Chamber is acquiring valuable market information and international lobbying services on behalf of the Afghan business community.

Bhutan Chamber
of Commerce and Industry

Established under the Royal Command of His Majesty the King in 1980, the Bhutan Chamber of Commerce & Industry (BCCI) is a non-profit making private sector organization, comprising of business community members from all around the country. The BCCI was established as a non-government and non-profit making service oriented organization in 1980 under the Royal Command with a traditional role of augmenting and supplementing the efforts of the Royal Government towards development of a formal private sector. The BCCI today has a total of six professionals and thirteen non-profession, support staff at its secretariat at Thimphu manning three different broad divisions such as Business Support Division, General Affairs Division and Human Resource Development Division. To achieve its cherished mission, the BCCI has on its agenda, a broad range of function services. Some of these services include representation both in the national and international forums, networking & linkages, business information services, training & other skill develop programs, membership development, business referral services and sustainable enter development services. The BCCI provides linkage between the government and the privates and works closely with all the government agencies, autonomous organizations and international organizations and donor agencies towards facilitation and promotion of trade & industrial development in the kingdom.

India-Bangladesh Chamber
of Commerce and Industry

The India-Bangladesh Chamber of Commerce and Industry was established in mid-2007 as a joint business chamber to boost trade between India and Bangladesh. It was formed with the objectives to solve bilateral business issues between India and Bangladesh; to increase the export of Bangladesh to India; to reduce the trade imbalance between India and Bangladesh; to encourage the Indian investors to invest in Bangladesh; to act as one stop business solution centre for the business communities of both the countries; to facilitate transfer of technology between the two countries, in respect of industrial and commercial innovations; to help set up an export-processing zone in Bangladesh where Indian investors will feel encouraged to invest; to help solve problems relating to issuance of visa for the businessmen of both the countries; to encourage cultural exchanges between the two countries; to pursue building infrastructural facilities in the borderland ports of Bangladesh; and to take up other relevant business issues.

Pakistan Business Council

Pakistan Business Council (PBC) is a business policy advocacy forum, comprising of private-sector businesses that have substantial investments in Pakistan's economy. It was formed in 2005 by 14 (now 46) of Pakistan's largest enterprises, including multinationals, to allow businesses to meaningfully interact with government and other stakeholders. Pakistan Business Council is a pan-industry advocacy group. Its key advocacy thrust is on easing barriers for Pakistani businesses in the wake of progressive regional and global free trade, as well as improving national investment flows to match target GDP growth rates. PBC works closely with relevant government departments, ministries, regulators and institutions, as well as other organizations and professional bodies. PBC has submitted key position papers and recommendations to Government on legislation affecting businesses. It is also represented on various taskforces and committees of Government of Pakistan as well as the State Bank, SECP and other regulators with the objective to provide policy assistance on new initiatives and reforms. PBC also sponsors research to facilitate flow of relevant information to all stakeholders.

The Ceylon Chamber
of Commerce

The Ceylon Chamber of Commerce & Industry functions as an effective spokesman of the business sector. Its members serve on various institutions and committees set up by the Government as well as the private sector, either as Chamber nominees or in their personal capacities. Its membership ranges from the sole proprietor to the multinational, encompasses virtually every sphere of economic activity in Sri Lanka - industry, import, export, agriculture, banking, hire-purchase, leasing, tourism, shipping, engineering, mining, consultancy services, wholesale, retail, financial services legal and other services. The Ceylon Chamber of Commerce is the focal point for business contacts both locally and abroad and has many specialized committees, affiliated associations and bilateral business councils under our wings. It is mainly funded by membership subscriptions.

The Federation of Nepalese
Chambers of Commerce
and Industry (FNCCI)

The Federation of Nepalese Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FNCCI) is an umbrella organization of the Nepalese private sector. It was established in 1965 with the aim of promoting business and industry while protecting the rights and interests of business and industrial communities, FNCCI has been playing a key role in promoting business and industry in the country. It provides, inter alia, information, advisory, consultative, promotional and representative services to business and government and organizes training / workshop / seminar on a regular basis. FNCCI is comprised of 96 District / Municipality Level Chambers in 75 Districts of Nepal. FNCCI has the objective to play a catalytic role in the business, industrial development and establish sound industrial relations in the country; reinforce business community's commitment to the society; and provide advisory services to government, lobby as and when required in formulation and execution of business and industry related policies, acts and programmes.

World Bank Group

Since its inception at the Bretton Woods Conference in 1944, the World Bank has grown from a single institution to a closely associated group of five development institutions that help countries across the world fight poverty and boost shared prosperity. It does so by providing governments with an integrated package of financing, advisory services, and knowledge, tailored to the development needs of each country.

The World Bank's South Asia Regional Strategy recognizes economic integration as a key strategic objective. It pinpoints limited intraregional trade and connectivity, cumbersome procedures, non-tariff barriers, and costly road transport and logistics services as key impediments to increasing trade in the region.

The Bank's South Asia Regional integration strategy proposes to lay the foundation for a cohesive South Asia collaborating across sectors by supporting cross border projects in energy, goods and services. Building think-tanks and easy information access systems, engaging in effective and deliberate dialogue to improve the in-country and cross border authorizing environment underpin it efforts in creating a regionally integrated and rising South Asia.