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SAFTA ministers to meet on April 20 in Dhaka

The first meeting of SAFTA Council of Ministers, will be held in Dhaka to review the implementation of regional free trade regime.

india Updated: Apr 15, 2006 14:03 IST

The first meeting of SAFTA Council of Ministers, the highest policy-making body set up under the South Asia Free Trade Agreement, will be held in Dhaka on April 20 to review the implementation of regional free trade regime.

Commerce ministers from seven countries of South Asian Association of Regional Cooperation, including host Bangladesh, will take part in the meeting. It will be preceded by a two-day meeting of SAFTA Committee of Experts comprising senior trade officials of all seven countries, official sources said.

This meeting scheduled for April 18 and 19 at a city hotel will appraise different trade and administrative issues on implementation of the regional free trade launched on January 1, 2006.

Experts will take stock of the new issues and adopt agenda for discussion by the ministers. The Council of Ministers on their part will give important policy guidelines and set the course of implementation of different free trade issues.