In news: Recently, India invited pakistan to Covid-19 workshop of SAARC
A brief note on the workshop
- India will host a health secretary-level meet with other South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) countries to discuss the ongoing COVID-19 crisis
- It is a virtual workshop on management of Covid-19, response to the pandemic and exchange of best practices amid the pandemic.
- On March 15, 2020, during a video conference of the SAARC Heads of State, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had proposed a Coronavirus Emergency Fund for the region.
- Pakistan had proposed a $3 million contribution to the Fund to deal with the COVID-19 outbreak in South Asia
About the COVID-19 Emergency Fund for SAARC countries
- This emergency fund was set up in response to the global coronavirus pandemic.
- The initiative seeks to mitigate the risks associated with the coronavirus pandemic in the South Asian region with India contributing USD10 million to it.
- This fund is based on voluntary contributions from all the SAARC member countries.
- The fund can be used by any of the partner countries to meet the cost of immediate actions.
The South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC)
SAARC is the regional intergovernmental organization and geopolitical union of states in South Asia. Its member states are Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, the Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.The Secretariat of the Association was set up in Kathmandu on 17 January 1987.Decisions at all levels are to be taken on the basis of unanimity; and bilateral and contentious issues are excluded from the deliberations of the Association.
The objectives of the Association as outlined in the SAARC Charter are:
- To promote the welfare of the peoples of South Asia and to improve their quality of life
- 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 realize their full potentials
- To promote and strengthen collective self-reliance among the countries of South Asia
- To contribute to mutual trust, understanding and appreciation of one another’s problems
- To promote active collaboration and mutual assistance in the economic, social, cultural, technical and scientific fields; to strengthen cooperation with other developing countries
- To strengthen cooperation among themselves in international forums on matters of common interests; and
- To cooperate with international and regional organizations with similar aims and purposes.