The 17th SAARC summit concludes in the Maldives
By Dr Srimal Fernando South Asia Correspondent
The 17th South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) concluded on 11th November 2011 at the Convention Center, Addu City, in the Maldives.
The eight members SAARC regional group India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Nepal, Maldives, Afghanistan, Bhutan and Bangladesh is home to nearly 1.5 billion people opened a new chapter in regional cooperation.
The theme of the 17th SAARC Summit is “Building Bridges” the heads of Eight South Asian Countries signed four agreements on Multilateral Arrangement on Recognition of Conformity, Assessment Implementation of Regional Standards, SAARC Seed Bank and Rapid Response to Natural Disasters.
The eight heads of the SAARC member countries thanked President Mohamed Nasheed of Maldives and the first ever female Secretary General of SAARC Ms Fathimath Dhiyana Saeed for making all necessary arrangements to host the 17th SAARC summit in the Maldives. They also complimented the outgoing Chair Prime Minister Thinley of Bhutan.
The 18th SAARC summit will be held in Nepal.