SAARC Full Form

By | November 10, 2019

SAARC stands for the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation and it is a bloc of South Asian countries. It is also known as the regional intergovernmental organization and geopolitical union of countries present in South Asia. SAARC was founded on 8th December 1985 in Dhaka (Bangladesh) and there are 8 counties preside in SAARC.

SAARC Full Form

Countries preside in SARRC

  • Afghanistan
  • Bangladesh
  • Bhutan
  • India
  • Maldives
  • Nepal
  • Pakistan
  • Sri Lanka

It is one of the famous intergovernmental blocs because it comprises 3% of the world’s area, 21% of the world’s population with 3.8% of the world’s economy, and all the countries reside in this bloc are developing-counties.

When SAARC was founded in 1985 it only had 7 members, in 2005 with Afghanistan showed interest in SAARC and with some negotiations for accession to SAARC, in April 2007 Afghanistan became the 8th member of SAARC.  There is a possibility that in future Myanmar, Russia, Turkey could also be a part of SAARC.

 SAARC Secretaries-General

SAARC lead by Secretaries-General, the first Secretaries-General of SAARC was Abul Ahsan from Bangladesh and the current Secretaries-General is Amjad Hussain B. Sial from Pakistan.

No. Name Nationality Office Period
1 Abul Ahsan  Bangladesh 16 January 1985 – 15 October 1989
2 Kant Kishore Bhargava  India 17 October 1989 – 31 December 1991
3 Ibrahim Hussein Zaki  Maldives 1 January 1992 – 31 December 1993
4 Yadav Kant Silwal    Nepal 1 January 1994 – 31 December 1995
5 Naeem U. Hasan  Pakistan 1 January 1996 – 31 December 1998
6 Nihal Rodrigo  Sri Lanka 1 January 1999 – 10 January 2002
7 Q. A. M. A. Rahim  Bangladesh 11 January 2002 – 28 February 2005
8 Chenkyab Dorji  Bhutan 1 March 2005 – 29 February 2008
9 Sheel Kant Sharma  India 1 March 2008 – 28 February 2011
10 Fathimath Dhiyana Saeed  Maldives 1 March 2011 – 11 March 2012
11 Ahmed Saleem  Maldives 12 March 2012 – 28 February 2014
12 Arjun Bahadur Thapa    Nepal 1 March 2014 – 28 February 2017
13 Amjad Hussain B. Sial  Pakistan 1 March 2017 – current

SAARC Objectives

SAARC was formed for some reason, here are some objectives on which SAARC summit mostly focus on.

  • Trade amongst the SARRC countries
  • Human Resource development
  • Population issues
  • Health issues
  • Science and Technology
  • Communications
  • Agriculture development
  • Transport

SAARC Centers

Centre City Country
SAARC Agricultural Centre (SAC) Dhaka Bangladesh
SAARC Meteorological Research Centre (SMRC) Dhaka Bangladesh
SAARC Forestry Centre (SFC) Thimphu Bhutan
SAARC Development Fund (SDF) Thimphu Bhutan
SAARC Documentation Centre (SDC) New Delhi India
SAARC Disaster Management Centre (SDMC) Gandhinagar India
SAARC Coastal Zone Management Centre (SCZMC) Malé Maldives
SAARC Information Centre (SIC) Kathmandu Nepal
SAARC Tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS Centre (STAC) Kathmandu Nepal
SAARC Human Resources Development Centre (SHRDC) Islamabad Pakistan
SAARC Energy Centre (SEC) Islamabad Pakistan
SAARC Cultural Centre (SCC) Colombo Sri Lanka

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