37th Ses­sion of the SAARC Coun­cil of Min­is­ters held in Nepal

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At the in­vi­ta­tion of Ka­mal Thapa, deputy Prime Min­is­ter and For­eign Min­is­ter of Nepal, Ly­onpo Dam­cho Dorji, Min­is­ter of For­eign Affairs at­tended the 37th Ses­sion of the SAARC Coun­cil of Min­is­ters (COM) on 17 March 2016 in Pokhara, Nepal. The meet­ing was in­au­gu­rated by the Prime Min­is­ter of Nepal K.P. Sharma Oli.

The ses­sion of the Coun­cil of Min­is­ters was pre­ceded by the SAARC Pro­gram­ming Com­mit­tee on 14-15 March and the Stand­ing Com­mit­tee on 16 March 2016, which was at­tended by For­eign Sec­re­tary Tsh­er­ing Dorji and other of­fi­cials from the For­eign Min­istry.

The meet­ing re­viewed the progress that Mem­ber States have achieved in im­ple­ment­ing the de­ci­sions of the SAARC Sum­mit held in Novem­ber 2014 in Kath­mandu, Nepal, which among oth­ers de­cided that fu­ture Sum­mits will be held bi­en­ni­ally.

Pak­istan will host the next SAARC Sum­mit in Novem­ber this year.

The del­e­ga­tion of Pak­istan an­nounced that Am­bas­sador Am­jad Hus­sain B. Sial has been iden­ti­fied as the next SAARC Sec­re­tary-Gen­eral. The term of of­fice of the Sec­re­tary Gen­eral is three years and Mr. Ar­jun Ba­hadur Thapa of Nepal the in­cum­bent Sec­re­tary-Gen­eral’s term will end in Fe­bru­ary 2017.

Re­gard­ing the con­sid­er­a­tion of mat­ters re­lat­ing to the es­tab­lish­ment of SAARC En­vi­ron­ment and Disas­ter Man­age­ment Cen­tre (SEDMC), the Com­mit­tee rec­om­mended that the SAARC Disas­ter Man­age­ment Cen­tre (SDMC) will be lo­cated in New Delhi, In­dia and En­vi­ron­ment Cen­tre will be merged with the ex­ist­ing SAARC En­ergy Cen­tre (SEC) in Is­lam­abad, Pak­istan. The rec­om­men­da­tion will pro­vi­sion­ally ap­ply im­me­di­ately sub- ject to the con­fir­ma­tion by the Nine­teenth SAARC Sum­mit.

On the side­lines of the Meet­ing of SAARC Coun­cil of Min­is­ters, Ly­onpo Dam­cho Dorji met with his coun­ter­parts from Bangladesh, In­dia, Nepal and Pak­istan.

In his state­ment, Ly­onpo Dam­cho Dorji urged Mem­ber States to im­ple­ment the Thim­phu State­ment on Cli­mate Change which gives a clear di­rec­tion on the cli­mate change.

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