ICIMOD to lead SAARC CCI’s climate-related activities


Participants from ICIMOD attended the 62nd Executive Committee and 20th General Assembly of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SAARC CCI) at Hotel Ashoka, New Delhi, on 10 March 2015.

SAARC CCI is planning to focus on issues of climate change and organize related activities from 2015 onwards. ICIMOD, which serves six of the eight SAARC member countries and is a regional centre for knowledge generation on climate-related issues, was therefore invited to take part in the meeting. 

Panelists of Session on “Regional Integration in South Asia: A Way Forward”

At the meeting, ICIMOD’s Director Strategic Cooperation, Basanta Shrestha, made a presentation on regional integration in South Asia. His presentation focused on the role of the corporate sector in climate change adaptation. Basanta Shrestha introduced ICIMOD and highlighted the impact of climate change in the Hindu Kush Himalayan region, stressing the need for corporate sector engagement. SAARC CCI thanked ICIMOD for its participation and welcomed ICIMOD to lead the climate change component. 

The meeting was jointly organized by SAARC CCI and the Federation of Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FICCI). National business federations from all the SAARC member countries attended the meeting. The Government of India’s Minister of State for External Affairs, General Vijay Kumar Singh, was the chief guest. 

Suraj Vaidya, Senior Vice President of SAARC CCI, thanks Mr Shrestha for his presentation 

The SAARC Chamber of Commerce and Industry, established in 1985, aims to voice the concerns of South Asia’s private sector at relevant platforms and to provide policy recommendations on economic and trade-related issues to the SAARC Secretariat. It serves as the apex body of all the National Federations of Chambers of Commerce and Industry of SAARC member countries.