Published On: Wed, Mar 31st, 2021
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SAARC Chamber proposes joint coronavirus fund for SAARC countries

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LAHORE March 30 (ONLINE): SAARC Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCI) Tuesday , making a strong pitch for SAARC nations to jointly combat coronavirus, proposed setting up a COVID-19 emergency fund to deal with the pandemic effectively.

Talking to a high profile think tank delegation led by Mian Faiz Bukhsh Arain, here today SAARC Chambers Chief Iftikhar Malik said Maldives, Nepal, Bhutan Sri Lanka and Afghanistan should contribute US$ 2 million and Pakistan, India, Bangladesh US$ 5 million each in this proposed coronavirus fund and this is important for South Asian countries to focus on collaboration, not confusion, and preparation, not panic. He said this could be based on voluntary contributions from all of us. “Looking ahead, we

could create a common research platform, to coordinate research on controlling epidemic diseases within our South Asian region, ” adding he said we share common regional concerns on COVID-19. While hoping for best, we have to prepare for worst, He said it is time now that South Asian countries come forward with commitment and determination setting an example to the world, and contribute to a

healthier planet putting all kinds of skirmish on the backburner as corona virus is a common threat for human beings. Iftikhar Ali Malik said the governments should make all efforts to combat and

actively coordinate for necessary emergency funding from both the local and international sources to ward off any negative impacts of coronavirus on livelihoods, jobs, especially the industry.