Pak commerce secretary arrives in India for SAARC Meeting

February 9th, 2009 - 10:57 pm ICT by ANI  

New Delhi, Feb.9, (ANI): Pakistan’’s Commerce Secretary Suleman Ghani arrived in the national capital here on Monday to participate in a meeting on economic cooperation amongst the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) countries.
Ghani entered India through Wagah border in Amritsar and then boarded a flight to New Delhi for the meeting. The two-day meeting of the SAARCs Committee of Economic Cooperation (CEC) is expected to discuss the progress on the South Asian Free Trade Agreement (SAFTA),
the issue of non-tariff barriers and permitting transit routes for trade with third party.
I have come here to attend the SAARC meeting on economic cooperation in New Delhi. This committee meets every year and the issues related to economic and trade are discussed here regarding the SAARC countries,” Ghani said.
At the last summit, leaders had set up an expert group to undertake a detailed study on South Asian Free Trade Area (SAFTA) progress and to look at the possibility of including service sectors like insurance and banking in the system. So far, SAFTA has been applicable to goods only.
Ghani’’s visit for the meeting is the first by a Pakistani official delegation to India since the Mumbai terror attacks. (ANI)

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