Standing Committee

The Standing Committee comprises of the Foreign Secretaries of the SAARC Member States. As provided in Article V of the SAARC Charter, they take measures /decisions relating to: overall monitoring and coordination of programme of cooepration under different areas; approval of projects and programmes, including modalities of their financing; determination of inter-sectoral priorities; mobilisation of regional and external resources; and identification of new areas of cooperation based on appropriate studies.

 

Standing Committee is mandated to meet as often as necessary. Generally, they have met preceding the sessions of the Council of Ministers i.e. both during the Summit as also as the Council is convened in between two Summits. That way, the Committee would be meeting at its thrity-seventh regular session in Thimphu on 25-26 April 2010 (preceding the Council of Ministers and the Sixteenth Summit). Depending on special requirement, Standing Committee has met at Special Sessions, on stand-alone basis: till date, the Committee had held five such Special Sessions, the last (fifth) being in Dhaka on 12 April 2006.

 

The Committee reports to the Council of Ministers, on regular matters; and, as needed, asks for specific decision on policy matters from the Council.

 

 

 

Standing Committee

 

 

DATE

 

Venue

 

Forty Second Session

16 March 2016

Pokhara, Nepal

 

Forty First Session

23-24 November 2014

Kathmandu, Nepal

 

Fortieth Session

19 February 2014

Bandos Island Resort, Maldives

 

Thirty Ninth Session

 

7-8 November 2011

Addu City, Maldives

Thirty Eighth Session

 

6-7 February 2011

Thimphu, Bhutan

Thirty Seventh Session

 

25-26 April 2010

Thimphu, Bhutan

Thirty Sixth Session

 

25-26 February 2009

Colombo, Sri Lanka

Thirty Fifth Session

 

29-30 July 2008

Colombo, Sri Lanka

Thirty Fourth Session

 

5-6 December 2007

New Delhi, India

Thirty Third Session

 

31 March-1 April 2007

New Delhi, India

Fifth Special Session

 

12 April 2006

Dhaka, Bangladesh

Thirty Second Session

 

31 July-1 August 2006

Dhaka, Bangladesh

Thirty First Session

 

9-10 November 2005

Dhaka, Bangladesh

Thirtieth Session

 

18-19 July 2004

 

Islamabad, Pakistan

Twenty Ninth Session

 

31 December-1 January 2004

 

Islamabad, Pakistan

Fourth Special Session

 

9-10 July 2003

Kathmandu, Nepal

Twenty Eighth Session

 

19-20 August 2002

Kathmandu, Nepal

Twenty Seventh Session

30 December-1 January 2002

 

Kathmandu, Nepal

Third Special Session

 

9-10 August 2001

Colombo, Sri Lanka

Twenty Sixth Session

 

 

15-17 March 1999

NuwaraEliya, Sri Lanka

Twenty Fifth Session

 

25-26 July 1998

 

Colombo, Sri Lanka

Twenty Fourth Session

 

27-28 November 1997

Male’, Maldives

Twenty Third Session

8-9 May 1997

 

Male’, Maldives

Twenty Second Session

 

16-18 December1996

New Delhi, India

 

Twenty First Session

 

15-17 December 1995

New Delhi, India

Second Special Session

 

25-26 August 1995

New Delhi, India

Twentieth Session

 

27-29 April 1995

New Delhi, India

Nineteenth Session

 

27-29 July 1994

Dhaka, Bangladesh

Eighteenth Session

 

1-3 December 1993

Dhaka, Bangladesh

Seventeenth Session

 

7-9 December 1992

 

Dhaka, Bangladesh

Sixteenth Session

 

5-7 July 1992

 

Colombo, Sri Lanka

First Special Session

 

27-29 April 1992

Colombo, Sri Lanka

Fifteenth Session

 

2-4 November 1991

Colombo, Sri Lanka

Fourteenth Session

 

1-2July 1991

 

Male’, Maldives

Thirteenth Session

 

16-17 November 1990

 

Male’, Maldives

Twelfth Session

 

6-7 November 1989

 

Islamabad, Pakistan

Eleventh Session

 

26-27 December 1988

 

Islamabad, Pakistan

Tenth Session

 

9-10 August1988

Kathmandu, Nepal

Ninth Session

 

29-30October 1987

 

Kathmandu, Nepal

Eighth Session

 

16-17 June 1987

New Delhi, India

Seventh Session

 

13 November 1986

Banglore, India

 

Sixth Session

 

11 August 1986

Dhaka, Bangladesh

Fifth Session

 

4 December 1985

Dhaka, Bangladesh

Fourth Session

 

10-11 May 1985

Thimphu, Bhutan

Third Session

 

5-7 February 1985

Male’, Maldives

Second Session

 

7-8 July 1984

Male’, Maldives

First Session

 

27-28 February 1984

New Delhi, India