SOUTH ASIAN ASSOCIATION FOR
South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation
We, the Heads of State or Government of BANGLADESH, BHUTAN, INDIA, MALDIVES, NEPAL, PAKISTAN and SRI LANKA;
DO HEREBY AGREE
to establish an organisation to be known as SOUTH ASIAN ASSOCIATION FOR REGIONAL COOPERATION hereinafter referred to as the ASSOCIATION, with the following objectives, principles, institutional and financial arrangements:
The objectives of the ASSOCIATION shall be:
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.
1.Cooperation within the framework of the ASSOCIATION shall be based on respect for the principles of sovereign equality, territorial integrity, political independence, non-interference in the internal affairs of other States and mutual benefit.
2. Such cooperation shall not be a substitute for bilateral and multilateral cooperation but shall complement them.
3. Such cooperation shall not be inconsistent with bilateral and multilateral obligations.
MEETINGS OF THE HEADS OF STATE OR GOVERNMENT
The Heads of State or Government shall meet once a year or more often as and when considered necessary by the Member States.
COUNCIL OF MINISTERS
1.A Council of Ministers consisting of the Foreign Ministers of the Member States shall be established with the following functions:
a) formulation of the policies of the ASSOCIATION;
b) review of the progress of cooperation under the ASSOCIATION;
c) decision on new areas of cooperation;
d) establishment of additional mechanism under the ASSOCIATION as deemed necessary;
e) decision on other matters of general interest to the ASSOCIATION.
2. The Council of Ministers shall meet twice a year. Extraordinary session of the Council may be held by agreement among the Member States.
1.The Standing Committee comprising the Foreign Secretaries shall have the following functions:
a) overall monitoring and coordination of programme of cooperation;
b) approval of projects and programmes, and the modalities of their financing;
c) determination of inter-sectoral priorities;
d) mobilisation of regional and external resources;
e) identification of new areas of cooperation based on appropriate studies.
a) determination of the potential and the scope of regional cooperation in agreed areas;
b) formulation of programmes and preparation of projects;
c) determination of financial implications of sectoral programmes;
d) formulation of recommendations regarding apportionment of costs;
e) implementation and coordination of sectoral programmes;
f) monitoring of progress in implementation.
a) meetings of heads of national technical agencies;
b) meetings of experts in specific fields;
c) contact amongst recognised centres of excellence in the region.
The Standing Committee may set up Action Committees comprising Member States concerned with implementation of projects involving more than two but not all Member States.
There shall be a Secretariat of the ASSOCIATION.
IN FAITH WHEREOF We Have Set Our Hands And Seals Hereunto. DONE In DHAKA, BANGLADESH, On This The Eighth Day Of December Of The Year One Thousand Nine Hundred Eighty Five.
Hussain Muhammad Ershad
PRESIDENT OF THE PEOPLES REPUBLIC OF BANGLADESH
Maumoon Abdul Gayoom
PRESIDENT OF THE REBUPLIC OF MALDIVES
Jigme Singye Wangchuk
KING OF BHUTAN
Birendra Bir Bikram Shah Dev
KING OF NEPAL
PRIME MINISTER OF THE REPUBLIC OF INDIA
PRESIDENT OF THE ISLAMIC REPUBLIC OF PAKISTAN
Junius Richard Jayewardene
PRESIDENT OF DEMOCRATIC SOCIALIST REPUBLIC OF SRI LANKA