SAARC Charter day observed
Bhutan celebrated the establishment of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) on Friday 7 December 2018, in Tashichhodzong and observed the thirty-fourth anniversary of the signing of the SAARC Charter.
A lighting of a thousand butter lamps was organized at the Kuenray of Tashichhodzong to celebrate the occasion. Foreign Minister Dr. Tandi Dorji graced the occasion as the chief guest. Senior officials of the government along with members of the international community attended the event.
The SAARC Charter signed on 8 December 1985 is of historic significance to our region. Recognizing our shared history and common destiny, the Charter enshrined the desire and determination of our counties to foster mutual understanding, friendship and meaningful cooperation for peace and prosperity.
The objective of SAARC is to accelerate the process of social, economic and cultural development in the region. The current areas of cooperation among the Member States encompasses poverty alleviation, trade, energy, finance, agriculture, education, connectivity, social development, climate change, science and technology, countering terrorism and transnational crime, illicit use of drugs, among several others.
As a founding member, Bhutan attaches high importance to the purpose and principles of the SAARC Charter. Bhutan will continue to work with the Member States to make SAARC a dynamic, responsive and effective regional organization that contributes to realizing the shared dreams and aspirations of our peoples.
Lyonchhen Dr. Lotey Tshering in a message issued to the people of South Asia extended his warmest greetings and fe- licitations to the people of South Asia on the happy and auspicious occasion of the 34th Anniversary of the SAARC Charter Day.
He said that Bhutan being the founding member had remained committed to the put poses and principles of the SAARC Charter. “Since its establishment in 1985, it is a matter of great satisfaction to note that the SAARC progress has grown based on our shared values, beliefs and aspirations. The regional will to cooperate in many important areas under the framework of SAARC has manifested itself in many landmark developments. This has served to provide greater impetus and vitality to the SAARC process.” He said.
“As we commemorate the thirty-fourth anniversary of our Association, it is fitting occasion to celebrate the significant achievements made by SAARC in economic, social and cultural fields. It is also a fitting occasion to pay tribute to the conviction and wisdom of the founding fathers of SAARC who established the association to promote regional cooperation in many important areas for the well-being of the people of South Asia.” He added.
Taking the opportunity he reaffirmed the commitment of the government to the SAARC process and look forward to working closely with all other members' states to further achieve the goals and objectives enshrined in the SAARC Charter.
Foreign Minister Dr. Tandi Dorji with senior officials of the government along with members of the international community observed the SAARC charter day