Press Release


H. E. Mr. Ahmed Saleem, Secretary-General of SAARC and H. E. Dr. Roland F. Steurer, Country Director, GIZ, Nepal, signed the MoU on behalf of their respective institutions.

The signing ceremony took place over a function organized at the SAARC Secretariat in Kathmandu that was attended by representatives of SAARC and GIZ and its partners. Also present on the occasion were the resident Ambassadors of Pakistan and Sri Lanka to Nepal.

Prior to the signing of the MoU, H. E. Mr. Saleem addressed the modest gathering present on the occasion. In his address, he stated, “We are at a crucial stage in SAARC for deepening economic, trade and financial cooperation among the member countries. With this MoU in place, the SAARC Secretariat looks forward to engaging itself meaningfully with GIZ and its partners for the common benefit of the peoples of our region.”

Addressing the signing ceremony, H. E. Mr. Frank Meyke, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to Nepal highlighted the importance the German Government attached to collaboration with SAARC in accelerating the process of economic integration in South Asia.

In his key-note address, Dr. Roland Steurer, Country Director of GIZ, Nepal, spoke of the key elements of the MoU.  He also recalled the process that underwent over the years in developing the MoU between SAARC and GIZ.

Among others, H. E. Mr. Glenn White, Ambassador of Australia to Nepal also addressed the function. Mr. Zubair Malik, Representative of the SAARC-Trade Promotion Network delivered a special Address.

On the occasion, Mr. Amrit Lugun, Director, SAARC Secretariat delivered a welcome address while Mr. Horst Ammann, Programme Manager, SAARC-TPN of GIZ gave a vote of thanks.

The MoU signed between SAARC and GIZ envisages cooperation between the two organizations in promoting intra-regional trade and economic integration in South Asia.  The MoU that is valid for ten years is renewable upon mutual consent of the two parties.

Earlier in 2003, SAARC had signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the National Metrology Institute of Germany (PTB) to promote collaboration among SAARC Member States in the fields of metrology, standards, testing, quality management, accreditation and certification with the technical assistance of PTB.


H. E. Mr. Ahmed Saleem, Secretary-General of SAARC and H. E. Dr. Roland F. Steurer, Country Director, GIZ, Nepal, signed the MoU on behalf of their respective institutions.

The signing ceremony took place over a function organized at the SAARC Secretariat in Kathmandu that was attended by representatives of SAARC and GIZ and its partners. Also present on the occasion were the resident Ambassadors of Pakistan and Sri Lanka to Nepal.

Prior to the signing of the MoU, H. E. Mr. Saleem addressed the modest gathering present on the occasion. In his address, he stated, “We are at a crucial stage in SAARC for deepening economic, trade and financial cooperation among the member countries. With this MoU in place, the SAARC Secretariat looks forward to engaging itself meaningfully with GIZ and its partners for the common benefit of the peoples of our region.”

Addressing the signing ceremony, H. E. Mr. Frank Meyke, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to Nepal highlighted the importance the German Government attached to collaboration with SAARC in accelerating the process of economic integration in South Asia.

In his key-note address, Dr. Roland Steurer, Country Director of GIZ, Nepal, spoke of the key elements of the MoU.  He also recalled the process that underwent over the years in developing the MoU between SAARC and GIZ.

Among others, H. E. Mr. Glenn White, Ambassador of Australia to Nepal also addressed the function. Mr. Zubair Malik, Representative of the SAARC-Trade Promotion Network delivered a special Address.

On the occasion, Mr. Amrit Lugun, Director, SAARC Secretariat delivered a welcome address while Mr. Horst Ammann, Programme Manager, SAARC-TPN of GIZ gave a vote of thanks.

The MoU signed between SAARC and GIZ envisages cooperation between the two organizations in promoting intra-regional trade and economic integration in South Asia.  The MoU that is valid for ten years is renewable upon mutual consent of the two parties.

Earlier in 2003, SAARC had signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the National Metrology Institute of Germany (PTB) to promote collaboration among SAARC Member States in the fields of metrology, standards, testing, quality management, accreditation and certification with the technical assistance of PTB.