Activities Round Up

Date : 07 May to 07 May 2014
Place : New Delhi
Organised by : FISME

FISME hosts SME Working Group (SAARC-TPN) in New Delhi

The SAARC Trade Promotion Network- an international initiative to deepen intra-SAARC trade and cooperation and supported by GIZ, Nepal, held the meeting of SME Working group meeting at FISME Secretariat.  

The working group members from Afghanistan, Nepal and Sri Lanka participated in the deliberations along with members from Pakistan and Bangladesh who joined in through Skype. Besides reviewing ongoing initiatives, the working group gave in principle approval to FISME for implementing a value chain development project for two sectors:  Juices and Textiles & Garments as lead organization with member organizations in other SAARC countries. 

Mr. Ratish Basnyat, Senior Program Officer, GIZ SAARC-TPN (Nepal) set the agenda and coordinated the proceedings.Mr. Suresh Pradhan, Spokesperson, WG – SME welcomed the participants.   A detailed presentation was made by Mr. Anil Bhardwaj, Secretary General on the promotion of regional value chains among the SAARC nations in the sectors of Fruit Juices and Textiles/Garments and the propsoaed methodology. 

After intense deliberations, all the members of coordination jointly developed an operational plan for 2014-15 with specific responsibilities from all the stakeholders.  The proposed interventions for the promotion of regional value chains will commence from June, 2015 for a period of 12 months.   In order to empower the working group members on the value links, a five day orientation programme has been proposed from 2nd – 6th June at Bangkok by GIZ.