SAARC forms body for poverty alleviation
The SAARC Chamber of Commerce and Industry, South Asian Federation of
Accountants (SAFA) and SAARC Law have principally agreed to form a joint
association of professionals in South Asia with an objective of
improving transparency, accountability and governance leading to poverty
According to a press release Saturday, leading businessmen and the
representatives of SAFA and SAARC Law proposed for the formation of
joint association of professionals. It would be presented before the
executive committee meeting of SCCI for final approval, president SCCI
Tariq Sayeed said.
Nihal Rodrigo, former Sec-General SAARC has been consented to be
special advisor to this proposed organization.
This proposal was propelled in view of the acceptance of the
presidency of SAARC by Sri Lanka at the proposed summit to be held on
The proposed joint associations of SAARC professionals will be
established in Sri Lanka under patronage of the Minister of Foreign
Affairs of Sri Lanka.
"Once the association is formed, their immediate task will be to
organize a conference for professionals of the region on 'Strategic
Enterprise Governance and Poverty Alleviation' to coincide with the
SAARC Summit, Sayeed added.
In the meeting the possibility of extending this to the SAARC apex
bodies was also explored and the other member countries thereafter and
the Charter to be presented at the conference to be organized in