Dhaka, Bangladesh (BBN) – SAARC Chamber of Commerce & Industry (CCI) president Annisul Huq said the member countries need to move fast as the world is progressing faster.

“Many regional trade blocks in other continents are on the way of total economic integration following the path of European Union. SAARC countries need to move fast because the world is progressing faster,” he said at a round-up of the SAARC CCI held in Colombo on September 30 on the 16th SAARC Summit.

The round-up was organized by SAARC Chamber of Commerce & Industry in collaboration with Federation of Chambers of Commerce & Industry of Sri Lanka, supported by Friedrich Naumann Stiftung, a press statement said.

Mr. Huq said that South Asia is not acting sufficiently fast because they are engaged more in polemics than the real business.

“SAARC countries should take a fresh vow to make 2011 a year of SAARC
Chamber making more effective and meaningful contribution to carry forward the SAFTA process as the first step towards South Asian Economic Union,”

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