SOUTH ASIAN ASSOCIATION FOR REGIONAL COOPERATION
The South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) is the regional intergovernmental organisation and geopolitical union of states in South Asia. Its member states include Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, the Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
By 2015, SAARC comprised 3% of the world’s area, 21% of the world’s population and 3.8% (USD2.9 trillion) of the global economy. SAARC was founded in Dhaka on December 8,1985. The organisation promotes development of economic and regional integration.