Press Release

Secretary-General receives Permanent Secretary of Maldives

H. E. Mr. Ahmed Saleem, Secretary-General of SAARC, received H. E. Mr. Hassan Shifau, Permanent Secretary of Maldives at the SAARC Secretariat today.


Mr. Shifau was visiting Nepal in connection with the SAIEVAC Regional Meeting to Review Commitments and Actions for the Girl Child and to develop a Regional Action Plan to End Child Marriage held in Kathmandu on 17-18 December 2012.


During the meeting, among other things, the Secretary-General and the Permanent Secretary exchanged views on SAARC matters with a particular focus on the follow-up of the decisions of the Seventeenth SAARC Summit held in Addu City of Maldives in November 2011 that was devoted to the theme, Building Bridges. They also discussed matters on the agenda of the Forty-third Session of the Programming Committee, currently scheduled to be held at the SAARC Secretariat on 3-5 January 2013.


Mr. Hasan is the present Chairperson of the SAARC Programming Committee comprising Joint Secretaries or Directors-General dealing with SAARC in Member States. He also served as Director at the SAARC Secretariat during the period, October 2007-December 2010.