The SAARC Secretariat is based in Kathmandu, Nepal. It coordinates and monitors implementation of activities, prepares for and services meetings, and serves as a channel of communication between the Association and its Member States as well as other regional organisations. The Secretariat is headed by the Secretary General, who is appointed by the Council of Ministers from Member States in alphabetical order for a three year term. H.E. Mr. Amjad Hussain B.Sial  from Pakistan is the current Secretary General. The Secretary General is assisted by eight Directors on deputation from the Member States. The SAARC Secretariat and Member States observe 8 December as the SAARC Charter Day.