15 March 2016; Under the Chairmanship of Nepal, the Fifty-Second Session of the SAARC Programming Committee has commenced today. The Fifty-Second Session of the Programming Committee precedes the Meetings of the Standing Committee and the Council of Foreign Ministers of SAARC which will be held on the 16th and 17th of March respectively.
The two-day meeting will consider and make recommendations on matters related to Regional Centres and Specialized Bodies of SAARC such as the South Asian University, the SAARC Development Fund, SAARC Arbitration Council and the South Asian Standardization Organisation. The Committee will also deliberate on matters related to important areas of cooperation such as agriculture, rural development, terrorism, narcotic drugs, information and media.
The delegation of the Maldives to the Programming Committee is headed by Ms. Farzana Zahir, Joint Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.