South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation


EstablishedDecember 8, 1985
Membership8 Members
HeadquarterKathmandu, Nepal.
Secretary GeneralAmjad Hussain B. Sial (from Pakistan)

SAARC is a South Asian regional intergovernmental organisation. SAARC comprises approximately 3% of the world area, 22% of the world population and 4% of the global economy.

Establishment of the Forum:

SAARC was established with the signing of the SAARC charter in Dhaka, Bangladesh on December 8, 1985, with the seven member states, and on the same date, the first summit of SAARC was held in Dhaka, Bangladesh. On April 2007, Afganistan joined the SAARC as its eighth member state.

Members of the Forum:

Currently, SAARC comprises eight member states.


The Objectives of Forum:

The main objectives of SAARC are to cooperate in the Economic, Social, Technical, and scientific fields.


The headquarter of the SAARC is situated in Kathmandu, Nepal.

India and SAARC:

India is one of the founding members of the SAARC and very active member, India sent SAARC satellite to facilitate other countries free of cost. The SAARC satellite provides information on weather, earthquake, tsunamis etc, Pakistan is not the part of the SAARC satellite as Pakistan feels insecure. SAARC countries also trying to increase connectivity through rail, roads air corridors, it will also enhance the trade between the SAARC countries.

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