Compiled features on recent developments in regional cooperation and integration in the SASEC region.


March 2017
SASEC Program Is Now on Facebook

SASEC is now on Facebook, connecting followers to the most up-to-date news on regional cooperation in South Asia, SASEC events, project information, and publications that are all featured daily on To follow SASEC on Facebook, simply click here; then click “Like” at the top of the Facebook page.

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Tags:  SASECBangladeshBhutanIndiaMaldivesMyanmarNepalSri LankaRegional CooperationTradeEconomic cooperation

February 2016
SAARC-ADB First Training Programme of Nodal Points on Updating SAARCSTAT Web Portal

The SAARC-ADB First Training Programme of Nodal Points on Updating SAARCSTAT Web Portal was organised by the Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS). The Training focused on updating national data available on the SAARCSTAT Web Portal to enhance usability, and equipped representatives from Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, the Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka with knowledge and capacity to upload and update their information on the website.
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Tags:  SAARCTradeEconomic cooperationBangladeshBhutanIndiaMaldivesNepalSri Lanka

September 2015
India’s Entry Into APEC — A Welcome Move

India's membership to the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation is looking bright in 2015-2016. Joining this inter-regional cooperation would ensure India’s access to the global supply chain, not only boosting India’s economy but also easing its entry into new markets in the Pacific.
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Tags:  Asia-PacificEconomic cooperationIndia

September 2015
Fourth India-Bhutan Development Cooperation Talks

The Fourth Annual India-Bhutan Development Cooperation Talks discussed bilateral development assistance to Bhutan on 2 September 2015 in New Delhi, India, with India pledging about $677.28 million of project assistance to Bhutan. Both sides noted with satisfaction the progress of Small Development Projects and overall project implementation.
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Tags:  BhutanIndiaEconomic cooperation

August 2015
7th SAARC Finance Ministers Meeting in Kathmandu

Finance Ministers of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation Program met in Kathmandu, Nepal on 20 August 2015 to discuss closer economic and financial cooperation in the region, emphasizing faster trade liberalization and investment in connectivity. This would help strengthen unification in the region, promote inter-country investment, and remove non-tariff barriers among member countries.
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Tags:  Economic cooperationNepalSAARC

March 2015
Building Bonds within SAARC through the SASEC Program

An article published by the South Asia Monitor traces the inclusion of subregional cooperation within the SAARC Charter, and also reviews how SASEC is improving cross-border connectivity among its member countries and strengthening regional economic cooperation.
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Tags:  SAARCBBIN-GQIndiaEconomic cooperation

June 2012
SAARC Statistical Workshop

SAARC Secretariat to conduct a study for the development of a web-based user-protected interface and the institution of a designated Statistics Cell.
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Tags:  BhutanEconomic cooperationRegional CooperationRegional IntegrationSAARC

June 2012
SAARC and ADB Workshop

A SAARC-ADB workshop held at the SAARC Secretariat Kathmandu on 21-22 June finalized the drafts of three studies.
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Tags:  ADBEconomic cooperationRegional CooperationRegional IntegrationNepalSAARCServicesTrade

May 2012
SAARC Finance Ministers Meet in Manila

SAARC Finance Ministers met at an informal meeting in Manila on 3 May 2012 on the sidelines of the 45th ADB Annual Meeting.
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Tags:  Economic cooperationRegional CooperationADBRegional IntegrationSAARCSouth AsiaTrade