Kathmandu, Nepal

Hyatt Regency

March 16 - 18

3 Packed Days That Will Transform Your Life

30+ Speakers

SAARC's Top Business's Leaders On One Stage

Kathmandu, Nepal

30+ Speakers

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.

CONCLAVE SCHEDULE

Day 1
Day 2
Day 3
17:00 
Inauguration

17:00 – 18:30
Guest Arrival

Inaugural Program
Chief Guest: Rt. Hon. Prime Minister of Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal
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. Commerce Minister of Nepal
Special Address Chief Guest Rt. Hon. Prime Minister of Nepal
Vote of thanks: SCCI Senior Vice President Mr. Ruwan Edirisinghe

19:00
Welcome Dinner Hosted by Government of Nepal
Venue: Hyatt Regency Kathmandu
8:00 - 8:50
Registration

9:00 - 10:15
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.

Moderator:
1. Ms. Shereen Bhan, Managing Director, CNBC-TV 18

Panelists:
1. Mr. Salman Rahman, Former President, SAARC CCI (Bangladesh)
2. Ms. Arundhati Bhattacharya, Former Chairman, State Bank of India (India)
3. Mr. Rayomond Kotwal, Acting President & CEO, Habib Bank Ltd, (Pakistan)
4. Mr. Chandra Kumar Ghimire, Secretary, Ministry of Commerce (Nepal)

10:15 - 11:00
INTRODUCTION by Mr. Deshabandu Mackey Hasan, Former President, SAARC CCI

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.

Moderator:
1. Mr. Kunda Dixit (Nepal)

Panelist:
1. Mr. Pranob Mukherjee, Former President (India)

11:00 – 11:15
TEA BREAK

11:15 – 12:15
INTRODUCTION by Mr. Padma Jyoti, Former President, SAARC CCI

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.

Moderator:
1. Ms. Ayanti

Panelists:
1. Mr. Jemal Inaishvili, President, CACCI
2. Representative, The World Bank
3. Representative, ICC/WCF
4. Representative, CCPIT

12:15 – 13:30
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.

Moderator:
1. Mr. Vijay Karbanda, Director, SARI

Panelists:
1. Dr. Ahmad Kaikaus, Secretary, Ministry of Power, Energy and Mineral Resources (Bangladesh)
2. Mr. Dasho Yeshi Wangdi, Secretary, Ministry of Power (Bhutan)
3. Mr. Ajay Kumar Bhalla, Secretary, Ministry of Power (India)
4. Mr. Anup Kumar Upadhyay, Secretary, Ministry of Energy (Nepal)
5. Mr. Muhammad Naeem Malik, SAARC Energy Center
6. H.E. Ms. Alaina B. Teplitz, US Ambassador to Nepal (US)

13:30 - 14:30
Lunch

14:30 - 16:00

PARALLEL SESSIONS

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.

Chair by:
SAARC CCI VP Mr. Mohammad Yonass Mohmand (Afghanistan)

Moderator:
1.

Panelists:
1. Ms. Sushmita Sarkar, Associate VP, Public Affairs, MSL (India)
2. Ms. Aum Chimmy Pem, Director, Tourism Council (Bhutan)
3. Mr. M. U. Maniku Chairman, Maldives Association of Tourism Industry (Maldives)
4. Mr. Deepak Raj Joshi, CEO, Nepal Tourism Board (Nepal)
5. Mr. Walter, IFC

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 and turning it into a high value, high growth endeavor.

Chair by:
SAARC CCI VP Mr. Iftikhar Ali Malik, (Pakistan)

Moderator: 1.

Panelists:
1. Mr. Ghias Khan, President & CEO, Engro Corporation (Pakistan)
2. Mr. Merrill Joseph Fernando, Founder, Dilmah Ceylon Tea Company PLC (Sri Lanka)
3. Mr. Ahsan Khan Chaudary, CEO, PRAN-REL Group (Bangladesh)
4. Afghanistan

PARALLEL SESSION C

TELECOMMUNICATION: A SPECTRUM OF OPPORTUNITES

Telecommunication is a major force of innovation, growth and disruption among the various technology sectors. The knowledge based economy is dependent on the mobility of ideas and innovations and Telecommunication is a medium for such movement. South Asia has witnessed exponential growth of telephony in the last two decades. It is witnessing yet another paradigm shifts with data mobility taking over the voice mobility as the engine of growth. The sector's new advances are creating so much disruptions that the rekindling of the business strategies by the business operators in the new paradigm of telecommunication has become a must to stay relevant. The South Asian integration is unthinkable without the telecom operators providing high quality, reliable and affordable data and voice services. This session will essentially focus on more effective linking of the operators and ensuring their efficiency so that the dream of South Asian economic integration is ably and amply supported

Chair by: SAARC CCI VP Mr. Vinod Juneja (India)

Moderator:
1

Panelists:
1. Mr. Michael Foley, CEO, Grameen Phone Ltd. (Bangladesh)
2. Ms. Kamini Rajbhandari, CEO, Nepal Telecom Ltd. (Nepal)
3. Mr. Aamir Ibrahim, CEO, Jazz Mobile (Pakistan)
4. Mr. CEO, Jio Mobile (India)

PARALLEL SESSION D

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.

Chair by:
SAARC CCI VP Mr Karma Dorji (Bhutan)

Moderator:
1

Panelists:
1. Mr. Dulith Herath, Chairman and Founder, Kapruka (Sri Lanka)
2. Mr. Kamal Quadir, CEO, BKash (Bangladesh)
3. Mr. Junaid Iqbal, MD, Careem (Pakistan)
4. Mr. Hem Raj Dhakal, MD, Global IME Technologies (Nepal)

16:15-17:30

PLENARY SESSION 5

TRANSFORMING THE FUTURE: UNLOCKING BUSINESS GROWTH THROUGH SMES

In all of South Asia like in most of the world economies Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) constitute core of the business and contribute most towards entrepreneurship, business innovation, wealth creation and employment generation. Most new and innovative business start as SME and proceed on to become large enterprises and may even make paradigm shift in the global business environment happen. But on many occasions the regional integration and opening up of the national economies is portrayed to be against the SMEs as it ushers in competition from outside the national borders making the operation of the SMEs unviable. So, the SME sector is often portrayed as a business voice against regional cooperation. There is no doubt that SMEs will have to be taken along if the regional integration is to succeed. The process should help the SMEs to enhance their competitive strength. Then the SMEs could be turned to be the voice for regional integration. The session will be looking towards the specific needs of the SMEs and how the countries of the region are taking up the challenge of making the SMEs globally competitive to transform the future of the South Asia.

Moderator:
1.

Panelists:
1. Hon’ble Ms. Smriti Irani, Miniser, Ministry of Textiles (India)
2. Dasho Ugen Tsechup Dorji, Former President, SAARC CCI (Bhutan)
3. Mr. Gian Franco Terenzi, President, WUSEM
4. Mr. Nawaz Rajabdeen, Head, UNIDO (Sri Lanka)
5. Mr. Sunil Motiwal, CEO, SAARC Development Fund

19:00

THREADS OF HOPE- FASHION EVENT/ COCKTAIL RECEPTION

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.

9:00-10:00
PLENARY SESSION 6

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 organisation 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.

Moderator:
1. Mr. Shekhar Golchha, Sr. VP, FNCCI (Nepal)

Panelists:
1. Mr. Abdul Hossain Faheem, President, AFCCI (Afghanistan)
2. Mr. Md. Shafiul Islam Mohiuddin, President, FBCCI (Bangladesh)
3. Mr. Rashesh Shah, President, FICCI (India)
4. Mr. Ghazanfar Bilour, President, FPCCI (Pakistan)
5. Mr. Sarath Kahapalarachchi, President, FCCISL (Sri Lanka)
6. Ms. Phub Zam, President, BCCI (Bhutan)

10:00-11:30
INTRODUCTION by Mr. Vikramjit Singh Sahaney, Former President, SAARC CCI

PLENARY SESSION 7

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.

Moderator:
1.

Panelist:
1. H.E. Ms. Chandrika Kumaratunga, Former President (Sri Lanka)
2. H.E. Mr. Pushpa Kamal Dahal, Former Prime Minister (Nepal)
3. Mr. Sartaj Aziz, Deputy Chairman, Ministry of Planning Development & Reform (Pakistan)

11:30-11:45
TEA BREAK

11:45 - 13:00
PLENARY SESSION 8

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 Asian surface -road, rail, water and air transportation to ease movement of goods and people within the region.

Moderator:

Panelists:
1. Sr. Expert from World Bank

13:00 - 14:00
LUNCH

14:15-15:00
PLENARY SESSION 9

FINANCIAL INCLUSION: EMPOWERING THE REAL ECONOMY

A strong and vibrant financial sector is a must for economic growth with ensuing prosperity in the region. The vibrancy in the financial market not only indicates the health of the economy but also provides the fodder for economic growth. The financial markets around the globe are being integrated. The capital has stopped recognizing national borders and capital and technology flows are shaping the relationship among countries. South Asia may have a vibrant financial sector, but the intra-regional capital flows are much below the satisfactory level. Real sector in one country raising capital in the financial market of another country in the region is still unheard off. Linking the financial markets is a must if we are to see substantive rise in the economic integration. This session will especially focus on integrating the financial markets to support investment in the real sector within the region

Moderator:

Panelists:
1. Ms. Zarina Daruwala, CEO, Standard Chartered Bank (India)
2. Dr. Chiranjivi Nepal, Governor, Nepal Rastra Bank (Nepal)
3. Mr. Raghuram G Rajan, Former Governor, RBI (India)

15:00-16:00
PLENARY SESSION 10

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.

Chair by:

1. Ms. Rifa Mustapha, Chairperson, SCWEC

Panelists:
1. Ms. Shaista Parvez Malik, Member of Parliament and Former Chairperson, SCWEC (Pakistan)
2. Ms. Sushila Karki, Former Chief Justice, Supreme Court (Nepal)
3. Ms. Naina Lal Kidwai, Former President, FICCI (India)
4. Ms. Fawzia Koofi, Vice President, National Assembly (Afghanistan)
5. Ms. Bibi Russels, Fashion Designer (Bangladesh)

16:00-17:30
INTRODUCTION BY SCCI President Mr. Suraj Vaidya

PLENARY SESSION 11

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.

Moderator:

Panelists:
1. Hon’ble Mr. Humyoon Rasaw, Minister of Commerce and Industries (Afghanistan)
2. Hon’ble Mr. Tofael Ahmed, Minister of Commerce (Bangladesh)
3. Hon’ble Mr. Lyonpo Lekey Dorji, Minister of Economic Affairs (Bhutan)
4. Hon’ble Mr. Suresh P. Prabhu, Minister of Industry and Commerce (India)
5. Hon’ble Mr. Mohamed Saeed, Minister of Economic Development (Maldives)
6. Hon’ble Mr. …………. (Nepal)
7. Hon’ble Mr. Muhammad Pervaiz Malik, Federal Minister of Commerce (Pakistan)
8. Hon’ble Mr. Risad Badhiutheen, Minister of Industry and Commerce (Sri Lanka)

19:00

CLOSING RECEPTION

MUSIC BEYOND BORDERS

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.

SOMETHING INTERESTING

Fashion Event

Threads of Hope

Musical Performance

Music Beyond Borders

Exhibition

SAARC Bazaar

Book Launch

SAARC Book Launch

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SPEAKERS

Mr. Suraj Vaidya

SCCI President

Mrs. Bhawani Rana

FNCCI President

Dr. Ronald Meinardus

FNF Regional Director

Mr. Amjad B. Sial

H.E. SAARC Secretary General

Mr. Ruwan Edirisinghe

SCCI Senior Vice President

Mr. Dulith Herath

Chairman Founder
Kapruka, Sri Lanka

Mr. Junaid Iqbal

Managing Director
Careem, Pakistan

Ms. Bibi Russels

Fashion Designer, Bangladesh

Mr. Rashesh Shah

President
FICCI, India

Mr. Raymond Kotwal

President & CEO, Habib Bank Ltd, Pakistan

Mr. Ahsan Khan Chowdhury

CEO, PRAN- RFL Grp, Bangladesh

Mr. Merrill Joseph Fernando

Founder
Dilmah Ceylon Tea Company PLC, Sri Lanka

Mr. Chandra Kumar Ghimire

Secretary, Ministry of Commerce, Nepal

Mr. Hem Raj Dhakal

Director/IME pay

Mr. Wouter Scalken

Senior Tourism Specialist, Asia, World Bank Group

Mr. Michael Foley

CEO, Grameen Phone Ltd, Bangladesh

Mr. Jemal Inaishvili

President, CACCI

Mr. Ajay Kumar Bhalla

Secretary, Ministry of Power, India

Mr. Kunda Dixit

Nepal

Mr. Muhammad Naeem Malik

SAARC Energy Center

Mr. Salman Rahman

Former President, SAARC CCI, Bangladesh

Mr. Sarath Kahapalarachchi

President, FCCISL, Sri Lanka

Mr. Ghazanfar Bilour

President, FPCCI, Pakistan

Dr. Ahmad Kaikaus

Secretary, Ministry of Power, Energy and Mineral Resources, Bangladesh, India

Ms. Sumnima Udas

CNN International Correspondent, Bangladesh, India

Mr. Aroop Zutshi

Global President & Managing Partner
Frost & Sullivan

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CONTACT US

SAARC Chamber of Commerce & Industry
(Permanent Headquarters)

397, Street No 64, I-8/3,
Islamabad, Pakistan.

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Pachali Shahid Shukra FNCCI Milan Marg, Teku

For Further Information

Mr. Bader Munir
Director, SAARC CCI
Mobile: 0092 51 4860612 & 4860613
Email: bader.munir@saarcchamber.org

Local contact in Kathmandu:

Mr. Anup Kumar Shrestha
Deputy Director, & SAARC Desk Incharg, FNCCI
Email: anup@fncci.org

Ms. Doma Tamang
Email: doma@voith.com.np





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