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SAARC Full Form

Vinay Khatri
Last updated on June 22, 2022

    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 8 th 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 8 th 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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