• 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
    • Nepal is the current chair of SAARC
    • Ten observer states: Australia, China, European Union, Japan, Iran, Mauritius, Myanmar, South Korea, UK 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) (Taken from Wikipedia. Not up to scale. For educational purpose only)
Latest Summit:
  • Kathmandu, Nepal in 2014
  • 2016 Summit was supposed to be held in Islamabad, Pakistan. It was cancelled.

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