March 16 - 18
3 Packed Days That Will Transform Your Life
SAARC's Top Business's Leaders On One Stage
March 16 - 18
ABOUT THE CONCLAVE
6th SAARC Business Leaders Conclave
The SAARC Business Leaders Conclave 2018 is set to be a three day event that brings together the region’s economic and business thinkers, doers and change makers on a common platform to discuss, debate and create solutions and opportunities to take South Asia on the path of shared prosperity through economic integration.
A biennial event of the SAARC Chamber of Commerce & Industry, the Conclave will feature interactive discussions and deliberations between torchbearers and influential leaders of the South Asian economy.
Chief Guest: Rt. Hon. Prime Minister of Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal Mr. KP Sharma Oli
Welcome Address: SCCI President Mr. Suraj Vaidya
Address by FNCCI President Mrs. Bhawani Rana
Address by FNF Regional Director Dr. Ronald Meinardus
Address by H.E. SAARC Secretary General Mr. Amjad B. Sial
Address by Hon. Industry, Commerce and Supply Minister of Nepal Mr. Matrika Prasad Yadav
Special Address Chief Guest Rt. Hon. Prime Minister of Nepal Mr. KP Sharma Oli
Vote of thanks: SAARC CCI Vice President Mr. Om Bahadur Rajbhandary
Welcome Dinner Hosted by Government of Nepal
Venue: Hyatt Regency Kathmandu
PLENARY SESSION 1
UNLEASHING SOUTH ASIA: A MANTRA FOR SHARED ECONOMIC PROSPERITY
South Asia is the fastest growing region in the world, but still there are plenty of challenges including the internal challenges of meeting and overcoming policy, fiscal and financial vulnerabilities. All South Asian countries have liberalized their foreign investment laws and rules and are actively competing for international investment. But there are very few joint ventures involving businessmen from various countries within the region. Emergence of truly South Asian multinationals successful in the global economic space is must for shared prosperity. The panel will discuss models for building better business partnerships and increase the intra-regional capital flows and ways to unlock the potential of regional economic cooperation and integration while building deeper public-private collaborations.
1. Mr. Nischal Nath Pandey, Director, Center for South Asian Studies
1. Mr. Chandra Kumar Ghimire, Secretary, Ministry of Commerce (Nepal)
2. H.E. Mr. Manjeev Singh Puri, Ambassador, Embassy of India in Kathmandu
3. Mr. Zubair Ahmed Malik, Former President, FPCCI (Pakistan)
4. Mr. Macky Hashim, Former President, SAARC CCI (Sri Lanka)
PLENARY SESSION 2
POLITICAL & ECONOMIC CONVERGENCE FOR GROWTH: THE WAY FORWARD
South Asia needs technological, economic and political innovations to resolve the conflicts and remove barriers for economic and political cooperation in the region. The ability of the South Asian leadership of all walks of life to look beyond the current issues and problems will determine the state of our cooperation and also the future of our people. The session will focus on how the leaders and opinion makers of South Asia can help create commonality of interests and remove the basis for conflicts in the region.
1. Ms. Sumnima Udas, CNN International Correspondent
1. Hon’ble Mr. Pushpa Kamal Dahal, Former Prime Minister (Nepal)
2. Mr. Salman F. Rahman, PSD Advisor to Prime Minister and President of Bangladesh Awami League (Bangladesh)
3. Senator Javed Abbasi, Chairman, Law and Parliamentary Affairs (Pakistan)
11:30 – 12:30
PLENARY SESSION 3
SOUTH ASIA: BUILDING PARTNERSHIP IN THE GLOBAL ECONOMY
South Asia needs to be globally competitive, if it is to ensure shared prosperity to the people. The objective of South Asian integration is not to create a "Fortress South Asia" but to build South Asia which is connected to the Outside world and shows the ways for harmony and prosperity to other regions. This session will focus on building partnership of South Asian operators with businesses, technology and knowledge pool of other regions including the efforts by SCCI in this direction.
1. Ms. Ayanthi Gurusinghe, Director, Karpos Consultant
1. Dr. Chiranjibi Nepal, Governor, Nepal Rastra Bank (Nepal)
2. Mr. Aroop Zutshi, Global President & Managing Partner, Frost & Sullivan
3. Ms. Sophie Kemkhadze, Deputy Country Director UNDP (Nepal)
PLENARY SESSION 4
REGIONAL INTEGRATION AND ENERGY COOPERATION: SUCCESS THROUGH SYNERGY
The energy sector could play a key role in the region’s socio-economic development and be a driver of regional integration. The challenges, increasing demand for energy, sustainable development, low competitiveness, reducing environmental impacts, transfer of knowledge that South Asia countries are experiencing today in this field, call for collective action across the whole region, oriented towards tangible results. Energy policies implemented in the countries of South Asia reflect individual strategies that take little account of the choices made by neighboring countries, despite the proximity of their markets, complementarities that may exist as well as the opportunities for economies of scale. The need for the significant investments required to develop these sectors coupled with the need to organize the associated technology transfers, offer many opportunities to build truly innovative public private partnerships.
Remarks by H.E. Ms. Alaina B. Teplitz, US Ambassador to Nepal (US)
Release of SARI/EI Report on Regional Investment Framework and Guidelines
1. Mr. Anil Chitrakar, President, Siddharthinc
Presenting Theme Context
1. Mr. Vijay Kharbanda, Director, SARI/EI/IRADe
1. Dasho Sonam P. Wangdi, Director General, Department of Hydropower and Power System (Bhutan)
2. Prof. Dr. Mohammad Tamim, BUET (Bangladesh)
3. Mr. Deepak Amitabh, Chairman and Managing Director, PTC India Ltd. (India)
4. Mr. Michael Satin, Director, USAID
14:30 - 16:00
PARALLEL SESSION A
TOURISM PROMOTING AND BRANDING OUR COMMON CULTURAL HERITAGE AND FOSTERING MUTUAL UNDERSTANDING
The travel and tourism sector generates nearly 10% of economic output and supports 1 in 11 jobs in the global economy, making it a critical global industry. With plethora of tourism products, South Asia offers tremendous opportunities in the tourism and hospitality sector. To facilitate South Asia as an integrated tourism hub, it is critical that air, sea and road access be expanded and enhanced and artificial barriers are addressed for visitors to the region and for each of the countries in the SAARC alliance. This panel will explore South Asia tourism branding strategy, aviation networks and investment opportunities, emerging trends and best practices, reinforcing people to people contact to create South Asia as a premier destination in the global market.
SAARC CCI VP Mr. Mohammad Yonass Mohmand (Afghanistan)
1. Mr. Suman Shakya, Co-Founder, Nepal Entrepreneurs’ Hub
1. Aum Chimmy Pem, Director, Tourism Council (Bhutan)
2. Mr. Deepak Raj Joshi, CEO, Nepal Tourism Board (Nepal)
3. Mr. Wouter Schalken, Sr. Tourism Specialist, The World Bank Group (Singapore)
4. Ms. Minha Faiz, President, Women in Management (Maldives)
PARALLEL SESSION B
AGRIBUSINESS: TARGET - DOUBLING AGRIBUSINESS BY 2030
The prosperity of the overwhelming portion of the South Asians is not possible without transformation of agriculture as it employs a very large segment of the population. South Asia is probably the one region where humanity started agriculture as mainstay of occupation and subsistence. So, we have a culture of innovation and sustainability of Agriculture. The South Asian region has the potential to use its mountains, plains, oceans and water bodies in the interest of humanity. This session will be devoted to sharing the experiences of South Asian countries in accelerated transformation of the agricultural sector and turning it into a high value, high growth endeavor.
SAARC CCI VP Mr. Iftikhar Ali Malik (Pakistan)
1. Mr. Zubair Ahmed Malik, Former President, FPCCI
1. Ms. Zahra Mirzaie, President, Qalam Foundation (Afghanistan)
2. Dr. Posh Raj Pandey, Executive Chairman, SAWTEE (Nepal)
3. Ms. Susan Mathew, CUTS International (India)
PARALLEL SESSION C
DIGITAL ECONOMY: A FUTURE FOR SOUTH ASIA
South Asia made a name and fame in providing solutions to the digital economy of the world. South Asia surely needs to integrate itself to the growing global digital economy. The region has unique competitive advantage being well positioned to benefit from the new wave of jobs of the digital economy because of the region's skilled and young workforce, especially in computer science computer engineering, and relative low labor costs.
SAARC CCI VP Mr Karma Dorjee (Bhutan)
1. Mr. Ashutosh Tiwari, Managing Director, SAFAL Partners
1. Mr. Dulith Herath, Chairman and Founder, Kapruka (Sri Lanka)
2. Mr. Hem Raj Dhakal, MD, Global IME Technologies (Nepal)
3. Mr. Michael Foley, CEO, Grameen Phone Ltd. (Bangladesh)
THREADS OF HOPE- FASHION EVENT
The love for fashion, fabrics and colors is an important part of human culture and identity. Fashion is a global business conservatively estimated to be worth over US$1.3 trillion or approximately 2% of the value of the world economy. The South Asian bridal fashion market including jewelry is alone estimated to be worth approx. $100 billion. South Asia is renowned for its weaving and exquisite craftsmanship. For the region, the fashion business could be a life changing economic development opportunity. South Asia is today already home to some of the finest artisans, designers and creative and business people in the global space.
At the SAARC Business Summit 2018, Threads of Hope fashion event will bring a collaborative collection that draws from the region’s collective history, the contemporary influences and the culture of humanity. The garments are interpretations of exploring hope and a medium of expression in the wider world of the fashion business. In the discourse of humanity, ultimately fashion is a conversation about who we are… fashion is a beautiful thing.
PLENARY SESSION 5
TURNING SETBACKS INTO COMBACKS: ROLE OF PRIVATE SECTORS
The governments through international agreements and national policy changes may be providing the framework for increased regional integration, but integration will happen only when the business operators start to operate for the entire regional market and do not confine themselves in basing their operations on the resources available in their national markets. In other words, they should feel that increased regional integration widens their market and resource base. They can be a big supporting voice for increased cooperation. The national chambers and federations as organization of businesses from a country have a large role to play in the process of integration. They are not only a voice of the community, they also can act as change agent in preparing the community to take benefits from the integration. No integration effort will be successful if there is no strong backing from the business community for the process. This session will specially deal on the role to be played by the national chambers and federation in the process. The chamber leaders and activists will be the main stakeholders in the session.
Welcome and moderated by:
1. Mr. Ruwan Edirisinghe, President, FCCISL
1. Ms. Shobana Kamineni, President, CII (India)
2. Mr. Ghazanfar Bilour, President, FPCCI (Pakistan)
3. Dasho Ugen Tsechup Dorji, Former President, SAARC CCI (Bhutan)
4. Mr. Shekhar Golchha, Sr. Vice President, FNCCI (Nepal)
PLENARY SESSION 6
INVESTING IN INFRASTRUCTURE: ENSURING BETTER SOUTH ASIAN CONNECTIVITY
Economic growth and integration needs efficient infrastructure within the country and connectivity among countries within the region. Connectivity has been the weakest link of South Asia. As per the World Bank, South Asia needs 2.5 trillion US dollar worth of investment to bridge the infrastructure gap. Infrastructure especially those infrastructures which connects markets and producers from across national borders, provides the biggest opportunity for partnership. This session will look into developing cooperation in infrastructure development and connecting the South Asia surface-road, rail, water and air transportation to ease movement of goods and people within the region.
Opening Remarks by Hon’ble Dr. Yubraj Khatiwada, Minister of Finance, Government of Nepal
1. Mr. Anil Chitrakar, President, Siddharthinc
1. Mr. Amir Ramin, Director General, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Afghanistan)
2. Dasho Ugen Tsechup Dorji, Vice Chairman, Singye Group of Companies and Former (Bhutan)
3. Mr. Sebastian Saez, Lead Economist-GTRI South Asia, The World Bank
4. Mr. Shaban Khalid, CEO, Ittehid SAARC CCI
PLENARY SESSION 7
STRENGTHENING CONNECTIVITY AND TRADE IN SOUTH ASIA: THE CASE FOR GENDER-RESPONSIVE LOGISTICS
It is well known that South Asia is one of the least integrated sub-regions in the world, limiting trade and economic cooperation opportunities for both producers and consumers. It is perhaps less well known that women’s share of formal trade in South Asia is also extremely low when compared to other Asian sub regions. It is important to address these two challenges simultaneously and cooperatively. We know from the World Development Report (2012) that public policy aimed at closing existing gender gaps in endowments and access to trade and economic opportunities is necessary for countries to fully capitalize on the ‘potential of globalization and international trade as a force for economic development and greater gender equality.’ Gender-based inequality not only limits the ability of women to contribute to the economy but has an overall dampening effect on productivity and growth with significant measurable cost to the economies of South Asia. This session will analyse what is meant by gender-responsive logistics and trade facilitation. We will hear from successful business women and leading trade entrepreneurs from 4 South Asian countries about the particular challenges facing women traders. While some of the barriers to connectivity face both men and women equally, others are particularly unique and difficult for women to surmount, for example as a result of border points often hostile to women traders, lack of access to trade finance mechanisms or as a result of discriminatory customs or freight forwarding practices. Facilitated by the World Bank, in this session we will explore together not only the challenges but also collaborative ways forward for faster and more equitable trade led economic growth across South Asia.
Opening Remarks: H.E. Mr. Peter Budd, Australia’s Ambassador to Nepal
1. Ms. Mandakini Kaul, Senior Regional Cooperation Specialist, World Bank
1. Ms. Selima Ahmad, President and Founder of Bangladesh Women Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Vice Chairperson of Nitol-Niloy Group (Bangladesh)
2. Ms. Bhairavi Jani, Director, SCA Group of Companies (India)
3. Ms. Chandni Joshi, Chair of Think Tank, Ministry of Women Children and Social Welfare, (Nepal)
4. Ms. Dhashma Karunaratne, Chairperson, Women in Logistics & Transport (Sri Lanka)
14:00 - 15:00
PLENARY SESSION 8
WOMEN EMPOWERING SOUTH ASIA
The economic growth and transformation is well co-related with the active involvement of Women in the economy. South Asia has a long history of women involvement in economy and public life. The first executive head of any nation in the world was a South Asian. Women have assumed the position of executive chief of government in four largest economies South Asia. The businesses headed by women have been most innovative and contributing to the welfare of the people. This session will specially focus on the contribution of women in upcoming the South Asian growth story.
1. Ms. Sumnima Udas, CNN International Correspondent
1. Ms. Sushila Karki, Former Chief Justice, Supreme Court (Nepal)
2. Ms. Luna Shamsuddoha, Chairman, Dohtech New Media (Bangladesh)
3. Dr. Mariyam Shakeela, Chair, SIMDI Group (Maldives)
4. Mrs. Shabana Khan, President, LMKR (Pakistan)
PLENARY SESSION 9
MINISTERIAL ROUND: SHARED PROSPERITY- UNLEASHING INVESTMENT IN SOUTH ASIA
South Asia is one of the most dynamic regions in the world, with population of 1.67 billion people and economic growth of 7.1 percent over the last decade. However, it is also one of the least integrated regions. Intra-regional trade accounts for only 5 percent of South Asia's total trade, compared to 25 percent in ASEAN. Intra-regional investment is smaller than 7.1 percent of overall investment. The panel will discuss ways to integrate the economies by enhancing mutual trade and investment in South Asia.
Introduction and welcome by Mr. Padma Jyoti, Former President, SAARC CCI
1. Hon’ble Mr. Humyoon Rasaw, Minister of Commerce and Industries (Afghanistan)
2. Hon’ble Lyonpo Lekey Dorji, Minister of Economic Affairs (Bhutan)
3. Hon’ble Mr. Suresh P. Prabhu, Minister of Industry and Commerce (India)
4. Hon’ble Mr. Matrika Prasad Yadav, Minister of Industry, Commerce and Supply (Nepal)
5. Hon’ble Mr. Rana M. Afzal Khan, Minister of State for Finance & Economic Affairs (Pakistan)
1 Mr. Kunda Dixit, Editor, Nepali Times
1 Mr. Suraj Vaidya, President, SAARC CCI
On all days there will be SAARC BAZAAR taking place at the hotel venue where different producer groups from the eight countries have the opportunity to display and sell their products in a live marketplace environment which will also promote food, arts, culture and music.
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Government of Nepal
Minister of Industry and Commerce, India
Deputy Chairman, Ministry of Planning Development & Reform
Ambassdor, Embassy of USA to Nepal
Director, Tourism Council of Bhutan
Vice Chairman, Singye Group & Former President, SAARC CCI
Vice President, SAARC CCI
Chair, SIMDI Group
Chairman of Senate’s Committee on Defence
Executive Chairman, SAWTEE
Lead Economist, The World Bank
Deputy Country Director, UNDP Nepal
Sr. Tourism Specialist, The World Bank Group
Minister of Industry, Commerce and Supplies, Nepal
Minister of Economic Development, Maldives
Governor, Nepal Rastra Bank
Secretary General, SAARC
Directror, Karpos Consultant
CEO, Nepal tourism board
Vice President, SAARC CCI
CEO, Grameen Phone Ltd
Director, Center for South Asian Studies
Chairperson, Media World Ltd
President & Founder, Bangladesh Women Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Co Founder, Nepal Entrepeneurs' Hub
Executive Chairman, China South Asia Business Council, CCPIT
Ministry of Commerce and Industries of Afghanistan
Minister of State for Finance & Economic Affairs, Pakistan
Secretary, Ministry of Industry, Commerce & Supplies of Nepal
Director, SCA Group of Companies
Chairperson, Women in Logistics & Transport
Editor, Nepali Times
President, Women in Management Maldives
Vice President, SAARC CCI
Regional Director, FNF
CNN Internatinoal Correspondnet
President, Qalam Foundation
Minister of Commerce, Bangladesh
Minister of Industry and Commerce, Sri Lanka
President, SAARC CCI
Global President & Managing Director, Frost & Sullivan
Chair of Think Tank, Ministry of Women, Children and Social Welfare
Chairman and Founder, Kapruka
Chairman, Dohatec New Media
Former President, SAARC CCI
Former President, SAARC CCI
Sr. Vice President, SAARC CCI & President, FCCISL
EC Member, SAARC CCI & Former President, FPCCI
Minister of Economic Affairs, Bhutan
Former President of Sri Lanka
Managing Director, SAFAL Partners
Direcror General, Department of Hydropower and Power System
MD, IME Group
Senior Regional Cooperation Specialist, The World Bank
Ambassador, Embassy of Australia to Nepal
PSD Advisor to PM and President of Bangladesh Awami League
Sr. Vice President, FNCCI
Former President, SAARC CCI
THINGS TO DO IN KATHMANDU
Patan Durbar Square
Patan is among one of the major cities of Nepal, and is officially Lalitpur Sub-Metropolitan City. It is also one of the sub-metropolitan cities of Nepal situated in the southwestern part of Kathmandu Valley. Particularly for its tradition of arts and crafts, this city is best known for its rich cultural heritage. It is also known as the city of festivals and feasts, fine ancient art, making of metallic and stone carvings.
Places to visit in Patan Durbar Square, Patan museum, Krishna mandir, Mahabouddha:, Hiaranya Varna Mahaa Vihar, Kumbeshwor Temple, Jagatnarayan Temple, Rudra Varna Mahavira, The Ashokan Stupas, Achheswor Mahavihar, Temple of Machchendranath and Minnath. Our guide will meet you at your hotel and take you to Patan for your tour.
Patan Durbar Square is filled with a mix of Hindu, Buddhist and Newar Temples. As an ancient Newari city this tantric mix has given Durbar square one of the most diverse collections of monuments in all Nepal.
Patan is filled with workshops where copper and wood cravings are crafted, you can also shop for traditional wood cravings artifacts, pottery and copper handicrafts.
Basantapur is the heart of Kathmandu city. It carries a lot of cultural and historical significance for the people of Nepal. Known for its rich culture and arts, Basantapur is the hub for tourists and visitors. You will begin your tour by meeting your guide at the hotel, upon reaching the destination you will be Kumari Chowk , Dubar Square, Hanuman Dhoka Palace & Museum, Kala Bairav, Jaganath Kirshna Temple, Taeju Temple, Kashthamandap, Degu Taleju Temple and Maru Ganesh Shrine enlisted as a UNESCO cultural heritage sites.
Basantapur is a city of alleys almost like a maze and while you are there discover new alleyways which are filled with artifacts and architectures of buildings around these alleys.
Delight your taste buds with numerous restaurants mostly all selling local delicacies.
Shopping – there are plenty of streets filled with stalls in Basantapur selling all kinds of Nepali artifacts, jewelry, pashimnas & Thankas.
Kathmandu Durbar Square
Bhaktapur Durbar Square
Bhaktapur is filled with monuments, most terra-cotta with carved wood columns, palaces and temples with elaborate carvings, gilded roofs, open courtyards. The city is dotted with pagodas and religious shrines. Bhaktapur is known as the ‘City of Devotees’, the ‘City of Culture’, the ‘Living Heritage’, and ‘Nepal’s Cultural Gem’. It is one of the 3 royal cities in the Kathmandu Valley.
Bhaktapur is filled with Hindu and Buddhist religious sites and art. Places to visit Durbar square, Taumandhi Square, Dattatreya Square. Our guide will meet you at your hotel and take you to Patan for your tour. Distance from Kathmandu to Bhaktapur 45 mins (without traffic).
Bhaktapur is filled with magnificent architecture with wooden windows, detailed column on the temples and the statues places in all the different temples.
Pottery making is very popular as well as you can visit a few local Nepali paper factories to see how these papers are made from the scratch. You can also purchase.
A must try out the famous curd “Juju Dhau” or “King of curds” made from naturally sweet buffalo milk, boiled in an iron pot along with cloves & cinnamon.
Price For Full Day Tour: USD 90/- Per Person (all three tours from above)
Price For Half-Day Tour: USD 45/- Per Person (any two tours from above)
• A professional English Speaking Guide
• Entrance Fees for all sites
• The above prices are based on 5 pax
Breakfast in Everest
Breakfast with Everest is a special tour designed for people who don’t have time to go on long trek to Everest, a 4-hour tour can be adjusted. This tour starts from Kathmandu airport early in the morning and takes you to Kwangde in the Everest region in an hour where your breakfast is served in front of the Everest. The theme is ‘You see the Everest and it will see you having breakfast’. The Heli tour itself is a great experience as you can see some of the highest mountains on earth in a matter of an hour, in close proximity. The Chartered Helicopter flies over the terraced fields to Lukla, and drop off your extra fuel for the flight back to Kathmandu before heading up the valley to Everest Base Camp. You will get some time (around 15 min) for photographs at the Everest base camp as well).
You’ll have plenty of time to explore Everest and the surrounding snow massifs before flying to the Yeti Mountain Resort in Kongde for breakfast. After breakfast you’ll have a short transit in Lukla and after the helicopter is re-fuelled you’ll fly back to Kathmandu.
• Tour Duration: Kathmandu –Kathmandu (3 hours)
• Duration: 3 hours
• Ideal time for the trip- Spring (Mar-May) and Autumn (Sep-Dec)
Price: USD 1500/- Per Person (Based on 5 pax)
• Pickup/Drop – Hotel – Airport –Hotel
• Chartered Flight: Kathmandu-Kwangde-Kathmandu
• Domestic Airport Tax, National Park Permit required for the Everest Heli Trip
• Breakfast at Kongde – Yeti Mountain Home (4250 m)
Mountain Flight – Flight Price – USD 193/- Per Person
Mountain flight is a much easier way to see the Nepali Himalayan peaks. Most flights are in mornings and operate at all times except in the monsoon seasons of June, July & August. Air planes fly along the Himalayan range and also beyond for passengers to get a good view of the Himalayan range. All the domestic airlines of Nepal offer various forms of mountain flights.
The flight takes you within camera range of some of the highest peaks in the world, and cruising this close to the awe-inspiring massifs of rock and ice is an out-of-this world experience.
Please book in advance for flights so there are availability.
6.30 AM – 1st Flight / EVERYDAY
7.30 AM – 2nd Flight / EVERYDAY
8.30 AM – 3rd Flight / EVERYDAY
Monday through Sunday (7 Days a Week)
SAARC Chamber of Commerce & Industry
397, Street No 64, I-8/3,
Federation of Nepalese Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FNCCI)
Pachali Shahid Shukra FNCCI Milan Marg, Teku
For Further Information
Mr. Bader Munir
Director, SAARC CCI
Mobile: 0092 51 4860612 & 4860613
Local contact in Kathmandu:
Mr. Anup Kumar Shrestha
Deputy Director, & SAARC Desk Incharg, FNCCI
Ms. Doma Tamang