SAARC-A Regional Hope

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`SAARC – a regional hope’
When an entire region or group of neighboring countries face common problems relating to health, education, poverty and unemployment then in order to tackle those problems the group of countries co-operate and form a powerful institution; which represents all the countries involved. This was how SAARC; a regional organization was formed. South Asian Association for Regional Co-operation, by its name, implies that the association breathes due to the Regional Co-operation among the South Asian countries. Currently, eight countries hold the membership of SAARC namely Nepal, India, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Maldives, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. With a view to address the existing common problems of member states, SAARC was established in 8th December, 1985 A.D. with 7 member countries. After its existence, it has always worked for the welfare, prosperity and betterment of South Asian countries. This organization has helped many desperate farmers, vulnerable women and children, unprivileged students, bankrupt private organizations, poor and unemployed groups and there are many more sectors where SAARC has made its entry to establish an atmosphere of social, economic and political integrity as well as equality. Since the day of its establishment SAARC has always been a hope for needy ones, presently it stands as a hope and in the days to come it will continue its legacy to serve as a hope for many ones. In South Asian region where economy, on average, is fragile many people toil for day long to earn just enough to join their hands and mouth. SAARC works for providing the needful to poor and marginalized. Also, SAARC has played its part to reduce poverty by opting measures of social mobilization, small scale labor intensive industrialization and ensuring participation of poor as a beneficiary in development process. Also, the call for donors relating to funding in poverty alleviation programs prior to women and disadvantaged section with a view of rural poverty minimization. Likewise, discussion is being held, committees are being formed and plans are being formulated in order to promote agricultural sustainability, social stability, economic progress and prosperity. This organization of South Asian people has done the needful and is yet to cover numerous missions for complete poverty alleviation. Along with poverty alleviation, regional cooperation is one of the important areas where SAARC has been working to solve common problems. South Asian countries, most of them, are discussed as developing and least developed countries in global arsenal. They are emerging from the situation of hopelessness and disastrous condition where SAARC has stood as a platform for South Asian countries to build a better understanding and enhance the feeling of brotherhood through regional co-operation. SAARC has enabled South Asian provinces to develop common strategies to solve common problems in the countries. It has always been a dream for South Asian Economies to compete in world market and be a prosperous economy in net surplus. Co-operation in the economic sector to flourish the South Asian Economies and establish them as developed economies in global arena is one of the things that SAARC can accomplish to serve as a guiding light for South Asian economies. Moreover SAARC acts as an intermediate to link public and private sector for joint partnership with a motive to promote regional co operation.

Member countries of SAARC are rich in social, cultural as well as traditional norms and values. But due to lack of awareness of its importance and lack of proper speculation by authorized bodies, some culture, traditions are in the verge of extinction. SAARC, being an organization of common people, has brought into play short term activities for the conservation of art, culture, music and traditions. Workshops, seminars, training on conservation of wall paintings, expert group meetings on the conservation of...
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