1 February 2017, Nepal

Under the Chairmanship of Nepal, the Fifty-third Session of the SAARC Programming Committee has commenced today.

The two-day meeting will consider and make recommendations on matters related to Regional Centres and Specialized Bodies of SAARC such as the South Asian University, the SAARC Development Fund, SAARC Arbitration Council and the South Asian

Standardization Organisation. The Committee will also deliberate on matters related to important areas of cooperation such as agriculture, rural development, terrorism, narcotic drugs, social affairs, information and media.

The delegation of the Maldives to the Programming Committee is headed by Ms. Aishath Azeema, Joint Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Ms. Aishath Azeema is accompanied by Mr. Ismail Mamdhooh, Assistant Director of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.