Need for collaboration between SAARC Development Fund (SDF) and SAARC Arbitration Council recognized
In order to contribute to the economic development and social progress of the SAARC region SAARC Development Fund ( SDF) and SAARC Arbitration Coun- cil recognized the need for collaboration to have synergy of their skills, strengths and competencies.
Thusantha Wijemanna, Director General, SAARC Arbitration Council visited SDF Secretariat to discuss areas of collaboration and to sign MoU with SAARC Development Fund last Tuesday in the capital.
Dr. Sunil Motiwal, CEO, SDF confirmed that both the organizations have also agreed to utilize the services of SARCO Model Arbitration Clause, as provided in the SAARC Arbitration Rules, for SDF project agreements/ other agreements as and when required by SDF.
SAARC Arbitration Council, Islamabad (SARCO) is one of the Specialized Bodies of SAARC mandated to provide a legal framework/forum within the region for fair and efficient settlement of commercial, industrial, trade, banking, investment and such other disputes, as may be referred to it by the Member States and their people.
SDF was established by the eight SAARC Member States in April 2010 to promote the welfare of the people of SAARC region, improve their quality of life, and to accelerate economic growth, social progress and poverty alleviation in the region. The Fund is to serve as the umbrella financial institution for SAARC projects and programs which are in fulfillment of the objectives of the SAARC Charter. SDF has three funding windows viz. Social, Economic and Infrastructure.
Dr. Sunil Motiwal, CEO, SDF after signing MoU with Mr. Thusantha Wijemanna, DG, SARCO