Press Release

Secretary-General of SAARC addressed the SAC-Donor Consultation Meeting in Kathmandu

H. E. Mr. Amjad Hussain B. Sial,  Secretary General of SAARC, addressed the SAARC Agriculture Centre(SAC)- Donor Consultation Meeting on SAARC Regional Agricultural Projects  in Kathmandu on 05 April 2018, as the Chief Guest.


In his address at the Inaugural Session, the Secretary General appreciated the coming to gether of the development partners to support SAARC's endeavours  in promoting  project­ based collaboration in agriculture. He said, "This meeting assumes considerable significance in our bid to intensify project-based collaboration in agriculture." He further said, "On behalf of the SAARC Development Fund,  which is the umbrella funding mechanism of SAARC, I also wish to express  our willingness  to  join hands with our development partners in implementing agriculture-related projects in the region."

The full text of the Secretary General's Inaugural Address is attached.

The  two-day Consultation Meeting, which  is being organized jointly by the SAARC Agriculture Centre, Dhaka, and the International Food Policy Research  Institute (IFPRI), brings together representatives of the Member States of SAARC and development partners for consideration of agriculture-related projects in the region.


During the Meeting, the SAARC Agriculture Centre presented seven project proposals for consideration of the donor community.


The Centre, which is one of SAARC's Centres of Excellence, has  been operational in Dhaka, Bangladesh, since 1988. It facilitates research and development and project-based collaboration in agriculture in the region.


Kathmandu, 06 April 2018