Sunday, August 23, 2009
The declaration stated that the state of government shall meet annually and Council of Ministers consisting of foreign ministers of the member states shall be constituted to formulate policies, to review the progress of co-operation to establish additional mechanism and to decide on matters of general interest. This Council of Ministers shall be assisted by foreign secretaries. The declaration also envisaged the setting up of technical committee composing of representatives of member states for implementing coordinating and monitoring of programmes and Action Committee for projects involving more than two member states. The declaration stated that a secretarial for the association shall be established at the appropriate time. The expenses of the organisation shall be met out of voluntary contributions of members.
The formation of saarc evoked mixed reaction. King of Bhutan described it as “a manifestation of our collective wisdom and political will be bring about meaningful regional co-operation in spite of the differences on foreign policy and Security perspectives”. On the other hand President Zia of
Despite these misgivings it cannot be denied that the formation of saarc was a significant step forward because it could stimulate regional cooperation through collective approach and action. No doubt the seven countries had different political system. Ideologies and links but they were also best with political problems of growth and development which encouraged them to co-operate with each other and evolve a common approach for development.