Over the years, the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) has made notable strides in various fields of intra-regional cooperation. The region is blessed with enormous human and natural resources and holds great promise in sustainable economic development in South Asia.
On Saturday, member states celebrated 34thSAARC Charter Day 2018 today to renew commitment to the cherished goals of the organization. The leaders of SAARC nations, the high commissioners, ambassadors from the SAARC member countries, representatives of the SAARC bodies commemorated the day by reiterating the aims and goals of the SAARC Charter.
Here in the Federal Capital, SAARC Chamber of Commerce and Industry organized an august event to mark the occasion. Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua was the chief guest on event and she emphasised that only through adhering to the principles of sovereign equality and mutual respect among member states, would we be able to guide SAARC to our cherished goal of a prosperous and developed South Asian region. She also reiterated that Pakistan stood ready to host the 19th SAARC Summit. She said: This day reminds us to respond positively and effectively to the growing and multifaceted challenges faced by the region. She said all the member countries needed to work together with cohesion to transform the lives of their peoples and alleviate poverty from the region. She said this was the commitment expressed repeatedly by the Prime Minister of Pakistan. The Foreign Secretary said South Asia being home to 1.7 billion talented, energetic and educated human resource and abundantly blessed with natural resources must not be left behind.
She pointed out that SAARC countries over the years have focused on poverty alleviation. However life of a large population remains far from satisfactory. We have enormous responsibility to deliver on this front, she added. The foreign secretary said that being founding member, Pakistan stood steadfastly by the principles of SAARC charter. Janjua said Pakistan continued to believe in the viability of the organisation.
She said by adhering to the principles of sovereign equality and mutual respect amongst member countries, we can guide the organisation towards achieving our cherished goal of a prosperous and developed South Asian Region.
The secretary said it was in the same spirit that Pakistan had made preparations to host the 19th SAARC summit in Islamabad. She added: “We look forward to host the summit to take forward the agenda of SAARC.” Addressing the ceremony Director SAARC energy centre. Naeem Malik highlighted the potential of energy cooperation especially the renewables amongst the South Asian countries.