KATHMANDU, Feb. 24: The meeting of SAFTA Committee of Experts has begun here today for the preparation for Second SAFTA Ministerial Council.
The ministers looking after trade and commerce in the member countries of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation will take part in the meeting of SAFTA Ministerial Council to be held here on Monday.
The meeting of SAFTA Committee of Experts discussed the future plan and additional measures to expand trade and commerce in member countries.
The meeting, to be continued for tomorrow, would also discuss institutional development for the implementation of SAFTA and resolution of problems that could arise at the time of implementation, a participant in the meeting said.
The conclusion reached in the meeting of experts and future strategy to be implemented will be presented in the meeting of SAFTA Ministerial Council to be held on Monday, he said.
Experts of all eight countries of SAARC are taking part in the meeting and Joint Secretary at Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Supplies Purushottam Ojha is leading Nepalese delegation in the meeting.
Representatives of Ministries of Finance, Foreign Affairs and Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs are also taking part in the meeting.
Meanwhile, Deputy Minister for Economic Development and Trade of Maldives Abdulla Salih reached Kathmandu to take part in Second SAFTA Ministerial Council, today.
Similarly, a delegation from Afghanistan has also reached Kathmandu to take part in the meeting.
The ministers, who are looking after industry and commerce in India, Pakistan, Shree Lanka, Bhutan and Bangladesh are arriving in Kathmandu tomorrow, SAARC Secretariat has informed. [Read More]