SAARC Chamber of Commerce and Industry, appreciating the opening of Kartarpur border, stated that Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan’s sincere efforts to extend friendly hands towards India would result into a sustainable and durable peace in the region.
SCCI Senior Vice President Iftikhar Malik said that it would facilitate Sikh pilgrims from India to visit Gurdwara Darbar Sahib.
He said that bonding together of the SAARC countries would enable the growth and eliminate poverty from the region. He said that the region accounts for only three percent of global output and two percent of world exports. He believed that more Foreign Direct Investments could be secured for SAARC by boosting collaboration and turning down the unhealthy and non productive competition.
He said such humanity based steps would play constructive role to strengthen SAARC by bringing India and Pakistan close together which would be harbinger of prosperity and peace in the region.
He said that visa-free entry of the Sikh pilgrims to visit Gurdwara Darbar Sahib would be a great facility for the Sikh pilgrims. The opening of this corridor will be epoch making step for the Sikh community all over the world. The corridor can usher in peace and prosperity between the two countries,” he emphasized.
Even trade within the SAARC countries is less than six percent, which is a big question mark, he deplored. He said an investment-friendly environment to promote trade in the region if appropriate steps are taken timely to remove trade barriers and streamline custom procedures, intra-regional trade in South Asia would nearly quadruple from the current USD 28 billion to over USD 100 billion.