South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation

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South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation

Also called SAARC. An international organization dedicated to mutual assistance and economic cooperation among nations in South Asia. Heads of state of member nations meet once a year and foreign secretaries twice a year. It was established in 1985 and maintains its headquarters in Kathmandu.
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By contrast, SAARC was conceived by Bangladesh President, Gen.
Iftikhar Malik said the agenda of theses meeting were focused on enhancing trade among all the SAARC countries: Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, Nepal, Maldives, and Afghanistan.
'The SAARC CCI has taken initiatives to reinforce a common South Asian identity given the region's close historical, cultural and geographical ties and the mutual aspiration and desire of all member states to promote the social and economic welfare of people.
For forced marriage victims residing within SAARC Region, the same hotline will be used to provide immediate support.
A SAARC summit has not been held after India, followed by Bangladesh, Afghanistan and Bhutan, pulled out of the 19th summit in November 2016.
Speaking on the occasion, Ms Janjua renewed Pakistan's desire to host the 19th Saarc summit.
The speakers highlighted the importance of SAARC in fulfilling the collective goal of socio-economic progress as envisaged by the leaders of SAARC 34 years ago.
Ambassadors and representatives of the missions of member and observer states of SAARC,hHeads and representatives of SAARC Arbitration Council, SAARC Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and SAARC Energy Center, officers of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Pakistan and representatives of print and electronic media attended the ceremony.
The SAARC Chamber of Commerce and Industry is an apex business organization of SAARC dedicated to promote regional economic integration through creating strong business linkages among the entrepreneurs of the of South Asia.
In his formal statement at the meeting, the foreign minister said, 'Pakistan remains ready to hold the SAARC summit, at any date agreed to by the SAARC member states.
He stressed the need for an increased level of connectivity among the SAARC member states for a prosperous region.