Call to strengthen SAARC communications links
On the occasion of the 15th SAARC Summit in Sri Lanka from the
Commonwealth Business Council and SAARC Chamber of Commerce and Industry
on Monday urged Heads of Government to strengthen communication links in
The SAARC region lacks adequate communication infrastructure and some
countries follow a restrictive policy when it comes to developing
regional communication links, a press release said.
It said that the telecommunications links should be uninterrupted and
penetrable in the region with deregulation and foreign investment
It also urged the governments to finalise an agreement in the
Extending the South Asia Free Trade Agreement (SAFTA) to include
services would broaden its scope and impact and boost competitiveness in
key emerging sectors such as banking, communications and aviation, it
"South Asia's growth remains resilient amidst a mood of lowering
expectations in almost all developed economies.