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Secretary General of SAARC calls on the Minister for Industry, Commerce and Supplies of Nepal

2018-06-18

Secretary General of SAARC calls on the Minister for Industry, Commerce and Supplies of Nepal

H. E. Mr. Amjad Hussian B. Sial, Secretary General of SAARC, called on Hon. Mr. Matrika Prasad Yadav, Minister for Industry, Commerce and Supplies of Nepal today.

 

During the meeting, the Secretary General felicitated the Hon. Minister on his assumption of the Office and expressed good wishes for success in his important assignment.

 

While reiterating Nepal’s commitment to the SAARC process, the Hon. Minister underscored the need for early convening of the Nineteenth SAARC Summit. He further stated that the Rt. Hon. Prime Minister of Nepal, as the current Chair of SAARC, has been in consultation with other Member States to create a conducive environment for early convening of the Summit.

 

The Hon. Minister underscored the need for enhanced intra-regional trade and economic cooperation for the promotion of the welfare of the peoples and socio-economic development in the region. Referring to the low level of intra-regional trade and economic cooperation, the Hon. Minister stated that the meetings of the SAFTA Ministerial Council, SAFTA Committee of Experts and Committee on Economic Cooperation should be convened early to facilitate trade and economic cooperation in the region.

 

The Secretary General expressed appreciation to the Government of Nepal for its unflinching commitment to the SAARC process and endeavours being made by the Rt. Hon. Prime Minister of Nepal for early convening of the Nineteenth SAARC Summit. He briefed the Hon. Minister about the status of cooperation in trade and economic areas under the auspices of SAARC. Underscoring the importance of regular convening of SAARC meetings to sustain the momentum of the SAARC process, the Secretary General underlined the need for early convening of the meetings of the SAFTA Ministerial Council, SAFTA Committee of Experts and Committee on Economic Cooperation at the earliest. He emphasized the need for enhanced level of economic cooperation and trade within the SAARC region to promote socio-economic development, which is essential for well-being of the peoples of South Asia, which, he added, is one of the cardinal objectives of SAARC. He also underlined the importance of enhanced connectivity and facilitation of visa in order to promote economic relations, people-to-people contacts and tourism in the region. He also thanked the Government of Nepal for its valuable support to the Secretariat.

Kathmandu, 18 June 2018

Secretary General of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC), addressed the Third Convocation of the South Asian University in New Delhi this morning

2018-06-07

H. E. Mr. Amjad Hussain B. Sial, Secretary General of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC), addressed the Third Convocation of the South Asian University in New Delhi this morning.

 

Visitor’s Nominee Honourable Mr. Giriraj Mani Pokharel, Minister for Education, Science and Technology of the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal, and Chief Guest Honourable Dr. Vinay Sahasrabuddhe, Member of the Parliament of the Republic of India, graced the Convocation with their august presence. They also addressed the Convocation.

 

In his Address at the Convocation, the Secretary General recalled the vision of the South Asian University evinced by the former Prime Minister of India, Dr. Manmohan Singh, during the Thirteenth SAARC Summit in Dhaka in November 2005 and his offer to host the University in New Delhi. He stated, “The establishment of the South Asian University is the manifestation of the determination of the Member States to promote regional engagement in education. As a Centre of Excellence, the University is a beacon of hope for our youth who are our future.”

 

On the auspicious occasion of the Third Convocation, the Secretary General congratulated the distinguished Members of the Governing Board, President, Vice Presidents, Registrar, faculty, members of various Committees, staff and students of the South Asian University. He also felicitated the students who were graduating from the University this year.

 

Citing the importance of education, the Secretary General said, “As we all know, education is of utmost importance to develop our youth into valuable assets for our society. With education, our youth is equipped with the talent and capability for promoting socio-economic development, contributing eventually to the welfare of the peoples. Education is a sine qua non for alleviating poverty from the region, which has about 40% of the world’s poor.”

One of the primary objectives of SAARC as enshrined in its Charter is to “provide all individuals the opportunity to live in dignity and to realize their full potentials.” As education empowers people, allowing them to realize their potentials, it has been one of the fundamental areas of focus of SAARC. Furthermore, SAARC recognizes literacy as a fundamental human right, the Secretary General said in his Address.

 

Since its establishment in August 2010 in New Delhi, the University has been providing world-class education to South Asian students at affordable cost. Until last year, 837 students have got Master’s Degree, while seven have secured M.Phil. Degree from the University. This year, the University will award 161 students with Master’s Degree, 10 with M.Phil. and 06 with PhD.

 

The Government of India has allocated 100 acres of land in Maidan Garhi, South Delhi, and funds required for constructing a permanent complex of the University, which is currently underway.

 

Kathmandu, 07 June 2018

THIRD CONVOCATION OF THE SOUTH ASIAN UNIVERSITY, NEW DELHI, 07 JUNE 2018

2018-06-07

STATEMENT BY H. E. MR. AMJAD HUSSAIN B. SIAL, SECRETARY GENERAL OF SAARC

Press Release- SAARC and UNICEF Renews Cooperation Agreement

2018-06-05

The South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) and United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) have renewed a Cooperation Agreement today.

 

The Agreement was signed by the Secretary General of SAARC, His Excellency Mr. Amjad Hussain B. Sial, and Regional Director, UNICEF Regional Office for South Asia (UNICEF ROSA), Ms. Jean Gough, at a modest ceremony held at the SAARC Secretariat today.

 

The Cooperation Agreement focuses on the development, protection and participation of children, and raising the awareness, understanding and action for children, through formulating frameworks, policies and programmes, and various other initiatives.

 

SAARC and UNICEF ROSA enjoy excellent collaboration, and work together on issues related to children, specifically focusing on education, early childhood development, maternal and adolescent nutrition, as well as on issues relating to child marriage, development of children and youth, gender equality, violence against children and health issues in South Asia.

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Kathmandu, 05 June 2018