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South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC)

The South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) was founded on December 08, 1985. SAARC is a regional alliance of South Asian countries. The idea of establishing a regional cooperation (SAARC) was put forward by former late president of Bangladesh, Ziaur Rehman.

SAARC Members

Currently SAARC has 8 members:

  1. Afghanistan
  2. Bangladesh
  3. Bhutan
  4. India
  5. Maldives
  6. Nepal
  7. Pakistan
  8. Sri Lanka

SAARC Secretariat

The SAARC Secretariat was established on January 16, 1987 in Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal.

SAARC MEMBERS

COUNTRYCAPITALCURRENCY
AfghanistanKabulAfghani
BangladeshDhakaTaka
BhutanThimphuNgultrum
IndiaNew DelhiRupee
MaldivesMaleRufiya
NepalKathmanduNepalese rupee
PakistanIslamabadRupee
Sri LankaColomboSri Lankan rupee

  • SAARC Key Facts

    • Secretary General SAARC Arjun Bahadur Thapa belongs to Nepal. The Secretary General is appointed for a period of 3 years
    • The SAARC Charter requires the heads of state to meet once a year,
    • The 18th SAARC Summit was held from 26-27 of November 2014 in Kathmandu, Nepal.
    • The 19th SAARC Summit will be held in Islamabad, Pakistan in 2016.