South Asian Association for Regional Co-Operation
South Asian Association for Regional Co-operation is the regional inter governmental organization and
geo-political union of nations in South Asia. The member
countries include Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Srilanka,
Pakistan and Maldives. It was established on 8th December 1985. It was founded
at Dhaka in Bangladesh.
The objectives of SAARC include the
Promoting the welfare of people of Asia
Achieving economic growth, social
programme and cultural development in member countries.
Strengthening self reliance among the
Strengthening co-operation among the
members as well as with other developing countries and international and
Maintaining peace among the member
nations in the region.
At the top SAARC is represented by the
heads of member nations. It meets
once in two years. The head quarter is located in Nepal. SAARC secretariat is headed by the
Secretary General appointed by the members.
Functions of SAARC are highlighted
Monitoring and co-ordinating the
Determining inter-sectoral priorities
Mobilizing cooperation within and
outside the region.
Dealing with modalities of financing