SAARC Cabinet Secretaries Meeting
The idea of Meeting of SAARC Cabinet Secretaries was suggested by India in 2008 to discuss professional issues of common concern such as administrative reform, procedural simplifications and implementation of development programs relevant to SAARC Countries which was welcomed by Member States. The First SAARC Cabinet Secretaries Meeting was held in New Delhi, India, on 13-14 November 2009. The meeting discussed administrative reform initiatives taken place in the SAARC Member States. It also made specific recommendations on regional collaboration among the institutions and officials of SAARC Countries, regional cooperation in areas of rural development, sharing best practices and capacity building.
The Second SAARC Cabinet Secretaries Meeting was held on 26-27 April 2014 in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The Meeting while appreciating the initiatives, measures and activities taking place in the Member States for smoother and more effective functioning, discussed matters relating to administrative reforms and governance, capacity building and Performance evaluation and management, and made recommendations for cooperation in these areas.
The Cabinet Secretaries of SAARC Countries met for the third time in Islamabad, on 16-17 April 2015. The Meeting underscored the unique position of Cabinet Secretaries in contributing to important policy decisions and coordinating wide range of activities. It provided another opportunity for sharing the best practices of the Member States in the context of administrative, economic, and social reforms.
Nepal hosted the Fourth Meeting of the SAARC Cabinet Secretaries on 9-10 June 2016 in Kathmandu, The delegations of the Member States emphasized on the importance of collective aspiration and cooperation for achieving common objectives aimed at prosperity and welfare of the peoples of the region and appreciated the initiatives taken by the Member States.
The Meeting took note of and appreciated the progress made so far in implementation of the decisions taken by this Forum and urged the Member States for the implementation of remaining decisions. The Meeting provided yet another opportunity for sharing of best practices of the Member States and discussing on administrative reforms and exchanging ideas in the areas of common concern. On the sidelines of the Meeting, a Workshop on Performance Based Incentive System (PBIS) was also held with the objectives of sharing the best practices among the SAARC Member States.
So far, number of programs, workshops and initiatives have taken place under this Forum with participation of officials from SAARC Member States.
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