NLDCSNon-Least Developed Contracting States (South Asian Free Trade Area)
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SAARC countries have put a total of 6,768 and 5,148 goods for non-least developed countries (NLDCs) and LDCs respectively inside the SAARC region under the sensitive lists.
Nepal, which had longest list of goods among SAARC countries, had already put 998 and 1036 goods originating from sensitive lists of LDCs and NLDCs respectively.
The Textile Ministry has recommended that the road map for normalisation of trade should include a separate NLDC sensitive list in SAFTA containing textile tariff lines which are not currently part of appendix G.
Secretary Commerce Muneer Qureshi informed the committee that ministerial level talks were in progress with India over SAFTA and NLDCS. He said that they were working to on a plan to enhance trade volume with India however; both countries have differences over different items of negative list.
The Prime Minister said, We know that India has two separate Sensitive Lists one for NLDCs and other for LDCs.