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At a glance : SAARC

About: The South Asian Association for Regional Corporation (SAARC)

The South Asian Association for Regional Corporation (SAARC) is an organization of eight countries located in the South Asia and it stands for the South Asian Association for Regional Corporation. SAARC, the Heads of State or Government of BANGLADESH, BHUTAN, INDIA, MALDIVES, NEPAL, PAKISTAN and SRI LANKA. 3% of the area of the world is represented by SAARC countires. It is around 1.7 billion of the people and it is 21% of the world population.


SAARC Objectives:

The objectives of the ASSOCIATION shall be:

Article I

  • a) to promote the welfare of the peoples of SOUTH ASIA and to improve their quality of life;
  • b) to accelerate economic growth, social progress and cultural development in the region and to provide all individuals the opportunity to live in dignity and to realise their full potentials;
  • c) to promote and strengthen collective self-reliance among the countries of SOUTH ASIA; d) to contribute to mutual trust, understanding and appreciation of one another's problems;
  • e) to promote active collaboration and mutual assistance in the economic, social, cultural, technical and scientific fields;
  • f) to strengthen cooperation with other developing countries;
  • g) to strengthen cooperation among themselves in international forums on matters of common interests; and
  • h) to cooperate with international and regional organisations with similar aims and purposes.

To know more:


Official Languages: English

Member States:
  1. Afghanistan
  2. Bangladesh
  3. Bhutan
  4. India
  5. Maldives
  6. Nepal
  7. Pakistan
  8. Sri Lanka

Headquarters: Kathmandu

Establishment: December 8, 1985

Secretary-General: Arjun Bahadur Thapa

Photo: Arjun Bahadur Thapa

Currency: 8 currencies. There are:

  1. Afghanistan Afghani (AFN)
  2. Bangladesh Taka (৳) (BDT)
  3. Bhutan Ngultrum (BTN)
  4. India Rupee (₹) (INR)
  5. Maldives Rufiyaa (MVR)
  6. Nepal Rupee (NPR)
  7. Pakistan Rupee (PKR)
  8. Sri Lanka Rupee (LKR)

    Contact Info:

    SAARC Secretariat,
 Tridevi Marg,
 P.O. Box 4222,
    Tel: (+977 1) 422 1785, 422 6350
    Fax: (+977 1) 422 7033, 422 3991

    Public Service Commissions of SAARC Member States

    Secretariat of Independent Administrative reform & Civil Service Commission
    Tel: +93-20 210 3966

    Bangladesh Public Service Commission
    Old Airport Building, Tejgaon, Dhaka-1215
    Tel: +88-02-9117265
    Fax: +88-02-8158495

    Policy and Planning, Royal Civil Service Commission
    P.O.Box: 163
    Tel: +975-02-324559
    Fax: +975-02-323086

    UPSC, 1st Floor, Dholpur House,
    Shahjahan Road, New Delhi-110069
    Tel: +91-11-23381440

    Civil Service Commission
    Tel: +960-3307363, Fax: +960-3303648

    Public Service Commission, Central Office
    Contact: +977-1-4771355

    FPSC, Aga Khan Road, Sector: F-5/1. Islamabad
    Tel: +92-51-9212297
    Fax: +92-51-9213386

    Sri Lanka
    Public Service Commission
    No. 177, Nawala Road, Narahenpita
    Colombo 05, Sri Lanka
    Tel: +94-11-2136602, Fax: +94-11-2369302


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