Pokhara, March 15: The second day of the meeting of the Programming Committee under the 37th South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) Foreign Ministerial Meeting continued today.
At the meeting taking place at the Grand Hotel in the lake city of Pokhara, discussions will touch on matter of updating the SAARC Calendar, presenting the conclusion of deliberations held since Monday at the Standing Committee meeting and giving final shape to the draft of the report, Foreign Ministry’s Joint Secretary, Mani Prasad Bhattarai said.
The meeting held on Monday deliberated on implementation and assessment of the decisions taken by the earlier meetings of the Programming Committee.
On Monday, reports were presented from SAARC University, SAARC Development Fund, SAARC Arbitration Council and South Asian Regional Standards Organization on their respective activities that went through deliberations.
The meeting is being participated by Joint Secretaries of the eight member states’ external and foreign ministries.
As per the SAARC Council of Ministers meeting’s calendar of activities, the Programming Committee meeting will be held on March 14 and 15, the Standing Committee meeting will take place on March 16 while the Foreign Ministerial meeting will take place on the final day, March 17, according to Deputy Chief of Protocol, Rajaram Bartaula. Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli is scheduled to inaugurate the Foreign Ministerial meeting on March 17.