• SAARC stands for South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation
  • It is regional intergovernmental organization and geopolitical union in South Asia.
  • Founded in Dhaka in 1985
  • Secretariat : Kathmandu
  • 8 Members:
    • Afghanistan (Joined in 2007)
    • Bhutan
    • Bangladesh
    • India
    • Pakistan
    • Nepal
    • Sri Lanka
    • Maldives
  • Myanmar and China are not its members
  • Nine observer states: Australia, China, European Union, Japan, Iran, Mauritius, Myanmar, South Korea, and United States.
  • SAARC compromises 3% of the world’s area, 21% of the world’s population and 9.12% of the global economy, as of 2015
  • The organization promotes development economics and regional integration
  • SAFTA : South Asia Free Trade Agreement was launched in 2006
  • Map: (Dark : members; Light : Observer status)
Latest Summit:
  • Kathmandu, Nepal in 2014
  • 2016 Summit to be held in Islamabad, Pakistan
SAARCLAW Conference
  • It was established in Sri Lanka in 1991.
  • Since then conference has provided a platform for legal professionals from South Asian region to meet and discuss issues of mutual interests pertaining to justice, legal reforms, good governance and enforcement over a span of 25 years.
  • 14th Conference held in Colombo, SL in October 2017