Daily Archives: December 6, 2014

THE SOUTH ASIAN FREE TRADE AGREEMENT : EVOLUTION AND CHALLENGES

THE SOUTH ASIAN FREE TRADE AGREEMENT : EVOLUTION AND CHALLENGES After the Second World War, significant protectionist sentiment compelled the economies of South Asia to pursue import-substituting industrialization (ISI). While intra-regional trade is not a novel concept for the region, … Continue reading

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THE SOUTH ASIAN FREE TRADE AREA AND DEVELOPMENT OF TRADE IN THE THIRD WORLD

THE SOUTH ASIAN FREE TRADE AREA AND DEVELOPMENT OF TRADE IN THE THIRD WORLD The purpose of the South Asian Free Trade Area (SAFTA) agreement is not only to encourage economic development of many poor countries in this region, but … Continue reading

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SAARC : TIME TO ACT, NOT TALK

SAARC : TIME TO ACT, NOT TALK Narayan Prasad Ghimire The South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC), established amid paucity, poverty and backwardness in South Asian countries with special and active initiation of Nepal and Bangladesh has turned thirty. … Continue reading

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SAARC WITHOUT A BACKBONE

SAARC WITHOUT A BACKBONE – Pratap Bhanu Mehta – Saarc was always hostage to the India-Pakistan relationship: India always feared it being used as a forum for bilateral one-upmanship by our neighbours. Despite his commitment to greater regional cooperation, Prime … Continue reading

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SAARC LOSING ITS RELEVANCE

SAARC LOSING ITS RELEVANCE When SAARC was formed in 1985, an international news agency described it as a union of the world’s seven poorest countries. It was formed with the main objective of tackling the social and economic challenges of … Continue reading

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PAKISTAN HAS NOT DECLINED SIGNING PACTS AT SAARC: FOREIGN MINISTER

PAKISTAN HAS NOT DECLINED SIGNING PACTS AT SAARC: FOREIGN MINISTER Mateen HaiderISLAMABAD: Foreign Office (FO) spokeswoman Tasneem Aslam on Thursday refuted Indian media reports which claimed that Pakistan had declined signing three regional cooperation agreements, saying the drafts of those … Continue reading

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PAKISTAN GETS SAARC ALL WRONG

PAKISTAN GETS SAARC ALL WRONG Prakash Rimal  The 18th SAARC summit concluded in Kathmandu with the signing of a framework agreement on energy cooperation and the adoption of a declaration that keeps hopes alive that the regional body will move … Continue reading

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DISAPPOINTED AT SAARC AS PAKISTAN BLOCKS 3 KEY CONNECTIVITY AGREEMENTS

DISAPPOINTED AT SAARC AS PAKISTAN BLOCKS 3 KEY CONNECTIVITY AGREEMENTS KATHMANDU: Pakistan on Wednesday stalled the inking of Saarc connectivity agreements, including the motor vehicle pact, saying it was yet to complete its “internal process”, notwithstanding other countries, including India … Continue reading

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PAKISTAN BLOCKS KEY CONNECTIVITY AGREEMENTS

PAKISTAN BLOCKS KEY CONNECTIVITY AGREEMENTS Tribune Report Saarc summit kicks off aiming to promote integration for peace Pakistan yesterday stalled inking of Saarc connectivity agreements, including the motor vehicle pact, saying it was yet to complete its “internal process,” despite … Continue reading

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3-5 YEARS INDIAN BUSINESS VISA FOR SAARC

3-5 YEARS INDIAN BUSINESS VISA FOR SAARC Tribune Online Report India’s huge trade surplus in Saarc unsustainable, says Modi Indian has decided to issue business visas for three to five years for Saarc citizens. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi made … Continue reading

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CHARTER NEEDS TO BE AMENDED

SAARC SUMMIT 2014 CHARTER NEEDS TO BE AMENDED Mahmood Hasan It is customary during summits for leaders to meet each other bilaterally and exchange greetings and notes. Summits of regional groupings become even more important because their goals are common. … Continue reading

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SAARC NEEDS TO DO MORE

SAARC NEEDS TO DO MORE  We welcome the last minute signing of the SAARC Framework Agreement on Energy Cooperation at the just concluded SAARC Summit in Kathmandu, Nepal. The foreign ministers of the eight countries signed the agreement on energy … Continue reading

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SAARC: A HEALTHY GROUPING OR A DEAD BODY?

SAARC: A HEALTHY GROUPING OR A DEAD BODY?  South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) is a regional economic and geopolitical body of 8 countries of South Asia consisting of India, Pakistan, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Maldives, Bangladesh, Bhutan and Afghanistan. … Continue reading

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TAKING SAARC OUT OF THE BABY POOL

TAKING SAARC OUT OF THE BABY POOL SAARC began as a childish prank to corner the big boy in the neighbourhood. Gen Ziaur Rahman who conceived it and Gen Hossein Mohammed Ershad who hosted the first meeting in Dhaka both … Continue reading

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SET ASIDE DIFFERENCES, PM URGES SAARC LEADERS

SET ASIDE DIFFERENCES, PM URGES SAARC LEADERS  BSS Ensuring food, nutritional security of our ever-increasing population is a big challenge, says PM Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has urged the Saarc leaders for setting aside their differences and working on collective … Continue reading

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