INTRODUCTION •ESTABLISHED ON 8TH DECEMBER 1985 •FORMED BY 8 COUNTRIES •AFGHANISTAN BECAME ITS 8TH MEMBER IN APRIL 2007 •HEADQUARTERS

-NEPAL •SECREATRY- DR.SHEEL KANT SHARMA •SAARC IS AN ECONOMIC & POLITICAL ORGANISATION

OBJECTIVES
•IMPROVE QUALITY OF LIFE & WELFARE OF PEOPLE •ECONOMIC, SOCIAL & CULTURAL DEVELOPMENT •STRENGHTEN SELF RELIANCE AMONG MEMBERS •CONTRIBUTE MUTUAL TRUST & UNDERSTANDING •ASSIST IN ECONOMIC, SOCIAL, TECHANICAL, CULTURAL & SCIENTIFIC FIELDS •STRENGHTEN COOPERATION AMONG THEMSELVES & OTHER DEVELOPING COUNTRIES •COOPERATE ON ISSUES LIKE WATER RESOURCES,

SECONDARY OBJECTIVES SAARC ALSO LOOKS IN CRITICAL AREAS LIKE POVERTY, EDUCATION, CULTURE, SPORTS & ARTS . POVERTY
ØTWELFTH SUMMIT DECLARED POVERTY ERRADICATION AS THE MAIN GOAL

ØTHE PLAN OF ACTION INCLUDED HUMAN DEVELOPMENT, FIGHTING URBAN & RURAL POVERTY , MULTI-CULTURISM,

EDUCATION
•OPTIMUM UTILIZATION OF HUMAN RESOURCES •EMPHASIZED ON PROMOTION OF EDUCATION •STANDARDISATION OF CURRICULA, MUTUAL RECOGNITION OF COURSES •SAARC TEACHERS FORUM HAS BEEN ESTABLISHED •FREE EDUCATION TO ALL CHILDREN BETWEEN THE AGE OF 6-14YRS

CULTURE SPORTS & ARTS
• PRACTICAL MEASURES FOR PROTECTION CONSERVATION AND MAINTENANCE OF CULTURAL & PILGRIMAGE SITES • ENCOURAGEMENT OF CONTEMPORARY ARTS & CULTURE • LAST SAARC CULTURAL FESTIVAL WAS HELD IN DHAKA • COOPERATION IN THE FIELD OF CULTURE

SAPTA
• SOUTH ASIAN PREFERENTIAL TRADING AGREEMENT • SIGNED ON 11TH APRIL 1993 IN DHAKA • FRAMEWORK FOR TARIFF CONESSIONS • PROMOTING TRADE & ECONOMIC COOPERATION • INDIA, PAKISTAN & SRILANKA ARE NON-LEAST DEVELOPED COUNTRIES(NLDCS) •BANGLADESH, BHUTAN, MALDIVES & NEPAL CATEGORIZED AS LEAST DEVELOPED COUNTRIES

SAFTA
• SOUTH ASIAN FREE TRADE AREA • SIGNED IN ISLAMABAD IN JANUARY 2004 • CAME INTO FORCE ON 1st JANUARY 2006 • TARIFF LIBERALISATION PROGRAMME (TLP) • WAS INTRODUCED • TLP COVERS ALL TARIFF LINES EXCEPT THE SENSETIVE LIST • STRENGHTENS ECONOMIC COOPERATION

MEMBERS & FUTURE MEMBERSHIP
CURRENT MEMBERS •INDIA •PAKISTAN •SRILANKA •NEPAL •BHUTAN •MALDIVES •BANLADESH •AFGHANISTAN

FUTURE MEMBERSHIP
•CHINA SHOWED ITS INTREST IN ENTERING SAARC. •ISLAMIC REPUBLIC OF IRAN , IT ALSO STATED THAT IT COULD PROVIDE EAST-WEST CONNECTIVITY. •MYANMAR IS ANOTHER ASIAN COUNTRY WHICH EXPRESSED ITS INTREST.

LIST OF SAARC SUMMITS •DHAKA DECEMBER 7-8 1985 •BANGALORE NOVEMBER 19-17 1986 •KATHMANDU NOVEMBER 2-4 1987 •ISLAMABAD DECENBER 29-31 1988 •MALE NOVEMBER 21-23 1988 •COLOMBO DECEMBER 21,1991 •DHAKA APRIL 10-11 1993 •NEW DELHI MAY 2-4 1995 •MALE MAY 12-14 1997 •COLOMBO JULY 29-31 1998 •KATHMANDU JANUARY 4-6 2002 •ISLAMABAD JANUARY 2-6-2004 •DHAKA NOVEMBER 12-13 2005 •

INTERVIEW WITH FEDEX
WE VISITED THE OFFICE OF FEDERAL EXPRESS AT SAHAR, ANDHERI. WE MET THE HEAD OF SECURITY MR.WILFRED BRADFORD WHO HELPED US THROUGH. SOME OF THE QUESTIONS ASKED TO HIM WERE : 1. WHAT EXACTLY IS FEDEX? • FEDEX TRANSFERS GOODS ON BEHALF OF THE EXPORTER WE ARE THE CARRIERSOF GOODS. WE PROVIDE SERVICES FROM AIRPORT TO DOOR & ALSO DOOR-TO-DOOR. 2. WHICH COUNTRIES DO YOU’LL DEAL WITH? • WE TRANSPORT GOODS WITHIN INDIA AND ALSO TO ALL NATIONS AROUND THE WORLDINCLUDING THE SAARC AND THE EUROPEAN NATIONS.

4. WHAT IS THE PROCEDURE THROUGH WHICH GOODS ARE TRANSPORTED? • THE EXPORTING COUNTRIES SENDS THEIR GOODS TO US. IT IS OUR DUTY TO CHECK IF THE GOODS ARE RESTRICTED BY THE OPPOSITE COUNTRY IT . ALSO HAS TO BE LEGAL, ACCORDINGLY WE PROCEEDE WITH THE TRANSPORT 5. HOW LONG DOES THE WHOLE PROCEDURE TAKE? • COMMODITIES LIKE HEAVY MACHINERY CANNOT BE TRANSPORTED THROUGH AIRWAYS, SO IT IS TRANSPORTED BY SHIP, WHICH MAY EVEN TAKE 30 DAYS DEPENDING ON THE DISTANCE. DEPENDING ON THE URGENCY OF THE PRODUCT. FOR EG: - IF IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS HAVE TO BE SENT OVERNITE TO

7. DO YOU’LL FACE ANY PROBLEM WHILE TRANSPORTING TO ANTIONS LIKE PAKISTAN & AFGHANISTAN? • NO, NOT REALLY WE TRANSFER ONLY AFTER ALL DOCUMENTS ARE BEEN CLEARED. 8. DO YOU’LL PROVIDE PACKGING? • MOST OF THE COMPANIES PACK THEIR OWN GOODS, IF THEY DON’T

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