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Encyclopedia > South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation
South Asian Association of Regional Cooperation
SAARC logo
SAARC logo
Members of SAARC
     Member states      Observer states
Headquarters Kathmandu, Nepal
Statistics
Area
 - Total
7th if ranked
5,130,746 km²
Population
 - Total (2004)
 - Density
1st if ranked
1,467,255,669
285.9 people/km²
GDP (PPP, 2005)
 - Total
 - Per capita
3rd if ranked
$4,074,031 million
$2,777
Other information
Currencies1

Afghan afghani (AFG)
Bangladeshi taka (BDT)
Bhutanese ngultrum (BTN)
Indian rupee (INR)
Maldivian rufiyaa (MVR)
Nepalese rupee (NPR)
Pakistani rupee (PKR)
Sri Lankan rupee (LKR}
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Time zone UTC +4:30 to +6:00
Calling codes Not standardized
Official Website http://www.saarc-sec.org/main.php
Note 1: Proposed unified currency. [1]

South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) is the largest regional organization in the world by population, covering approximately 1.47 billion people. SAARC is an economic and political organization of seven countries in Southern Asia. The organization was established on December 8, 1985 by India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Maldives and Bhutan. On April 3, 2007, Afghanistan became the latest member country to join SAARC at the 14th summit in New Delhi. A time zone is a region of the Earth that has adopted the same standard time, usually referred to as the local time. ... Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) is a high-precison atomic time standard. ... This is a list of country calling codes defined by ITU-T recommendation E.164. ... An international organization (also called intergovernmental organization) is an organization of international scope or character. ... This is a region of the continent of Asia that can have the following interpretations: The Indian Subcontinent and nearby islands in the Indian Ocean; see South Asia India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Maldives, Sri Lanka All of Asia that is considered to be Southwest, South and Southeast Asia. ... December 8 is the 342nd day (343rd in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1985 (MCMLXXXV) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the urban region that is the capital of India. ...

Contents

History

In the late 1970s, Bangladesh's President Ziaur Rahman, proposed the creation of a trade bloc consisting of South Asian countries. The Bangladeshi proposal was accepted by India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka during a meeting held in Colombo in 1981. In August 1983, the leaders adopted the Declaration on South Asian Regional Cooperation during a summit which was held in New Delhi. The seven South Asian countries, which also included Nepal, Maldives and Bhutan, agreed on five areas of cooperation: Template:A year The 1970s decade refers to the years from 1970 to 1979, inclusive. ... Ziaur Rahman (Bengali: Ziaur Rôhman) (January 19, 1936 — May 30, 1981) was the 6th President of Bangladesh and the founder of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party. ... Map of Colombo with its administrative districts Coordinates: District Colombo Division, Colombo District Mayor Uvaiz Mohammad Imitiyaz (Sri Lanka Freedom Party) Area    - City 37. ... 1981 (MCMLXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the urban region that is the capital of India. ...

  • Agriculture and Rural Development
  • Telecommunications, Science, Technology and Meteorology
  • Health and Population Activities
  • Transport
  • Human Resource Development

Afghanistan was added to the regional grouping at the behest of India on November 13, 2005.[2] With the addition of Afghanistan, the total number of member states was raised to 8. In April 2006, the United States of America and South Korea made formal requests to be granted observer status. The European Union has also indicated interest in being given observer status, and made a formal request for the same to the SAARC Council of Ministers meeting in July 2006.[3] [4]. On August 2, 2006 the foreign ministers of the SAARC countries agreed in principle to grant observer status to the US, South Korea and the European Union. On 4 March 2007 Iran requested observer status.[5] August 2 is the 214th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (215th in leap years), with 151 days remaining. ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ... March 4 is the 63rd day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (64th in leap years). ... 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the Anno Domini (common) era. ...


Ineffectiveness

SAARC's inability to play a crucial role in integrating South Asia is often credited to the political and military rivalry between India and Pakistan. India has been responsible for a number of Summit delays citing various reasons including its own internal issues. In addition to rumblings in New Delhi, Pakistan's unwillingness to implement the tariff reductions in SAFTA (An outgrowth of SAARC) have contributed to SAARC's problems. It is due to these economic, political, and territorial disputes that South Asian nations have not been able to harness the benefits of a unified economy. Over the years, SAARC's role in South Asia has been greatly diminished and is now used as a mere platform for annual talks and meetings between its members.


Political issues

SAARC has intentionally laid more stress on "core issues" mentioned above rather than more decisive political issues like the Kashmir dispute between India and Pakistan and the Sri Lankan civil war. However, political dialogue is often conducted on the margins of SAARC meetings. SAARC has also refrained itself from interfering in the internal matters of its member states. During the 12th and 13th SAARC summits, extreme emphasis was laid upon greater cooperation between the SAARC members to fight terrorism. For main article about Kashmir see Kashmir // Partition, dispute and war Shown in green is the Kashmiri region under Pakistani control. ... Combatants Military of Sri Lanka Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam Commanders Junius Richard Jayawardene (1983-89) Ranasinghe Premadasa (1989-93) Dingiri Banda Wijetunge (1993-94) Chandrika Kumaratunga (1994-2005) Mahinda Rajapaksa (2005-present) Velupillai Prabhakaran Strength 111,000[1] 11,000[2] The Sri Lankan civil war is an ongoing... Terrorist redirects here. ...


Free trade agreement

Over the years, the SAARC members have expressed their unwillingness on signing a free trade agreement. Though India has several trade pacts with Maldives, Nepal, Bhutan and Sri Lanka, similar trade agreements with Pakistan and Bangladesh have been stalled due to political and economic concerns on both sides. In 1993, SAARC countries signed an agreement to gradually lower tariffs within the region, in Dhaka. Nine years later, at the 12th SAARC Summit at Islamabad, SAARC countries devised the South Asia Free Trade Agreement which created a framework for the establishment of a free trade zone covering 1.4 billion people. This agreement went into force on July 1, 2006. Under this agreement, SAARC members will bring their duties down to 20 per cent by 2007. Islamabad (Urdu: اسلام آباد, abode of Islam), is the capital city of Pakistan, and is located in the Potohar Plateau in the northwest of the country. ... Countries under the South Asian Free Trade Area The Agreement on the South Asian Free Trade Area is an agreement reached at the 12th South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) summit at Islamabad, capital of Pakistan on 6 January 2004. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged into Free trade area. ... 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the Anno Domini (common) era. ...


Dhaka 2005 Summit

Accord observer status to People's Republic of China, Japan, South Korea and United States of America. The nations also agreed to organize development funds under a single financial institution with a permanent secretariat, that would cover all SAARC programs ranging from social, to infrastructure, to economic ones.


Membership

Current members:

Observers: Image File history File links Flag_of_India. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Bangladesh. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Bhutan. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Maldives. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Nepal. ... Motto: जननी जन्मभूमिष्च स्वर्गादपि गरीयसी  (Sanskrit) Mother and motherland are dearer than the heavens Anthem: Rastriya Gaan Capital (and largest city) Kathmandu Official languages Nepali Government interim constitutional arrangements  -  King King Gyanendra Bir Bikram Shah[1]  -  Interim Head of State Girija Prasad Koirala  -  Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala Unification December 21, 1768  Area  -  Total... Image File history File links Flag_of_Pakistan_(bordered). ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Sri_Lanka. ... National motto: None Official languages Sinhala, Tamil Other languages English Capitals Sri Jayewardenepura Kotte Largest city Colombo (former capital) President Mahinda Rajapakse Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickremanayake Government Democratic Socialist Republic Constitution Second Republic 1978 Area  - Total  - % water Ranked 119th 65,610 km² 1. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Afghanistan. ... Afghanistan (Pashtu/Dari-Persian: Af&#287;&#257;nist&#257;n &#1575;&#1601;&#1594;&#1575;&#1606;&#1587;&#1578;&#1575;&#1606;) is a country in Central Asia. ...

Image File history File links Flag_of_the_Peoples_Republic_of_China. ... Image File history File links European_flag. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Japan_(bordered). ... Image File history File links Flag_of_South_Korea_(bordered). ... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_United_States. ...

Secretaries-generals

January 16 is the 16th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... October 15 is the 288th day of the year (289th in leap years). ... 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Bangladesh. ... October 17 is the 290th day of the year (291st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... December 31 is the 365th day of the year (366th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_India. ... January 1 is the first day of the calendar year in both the Julian and Gregorian calendars. ... 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday. ... December 31 is the 365th day of the year (366th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar and marked the Beginning of the International Decade to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination (1993-2003). ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Maldives. ... January 1 is the first day of the calendar year in both the Julian and Gregorian calendars. ... 1994 (MCMXCIV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated as the International Year of the Family and the International Year of the Sport and the Olympic Ideal by United Nations. ... December 31 is the 365th day of the year (366th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Nepal. ... January 1 is the first day of the calendar year in both the Julian and Gregorian calendars. ... 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year for the Eradication of Poverty. ... December 31 is the 365th day of the year (366th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year of the Ocean [1]. // Coated in ice, power and telephone lines sag and often break, resulting in power outages. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Pakistan_(bordered). ... January 1 is the first day of the calendar year in both the Julian and Gregorian calendars. ... 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ... January 10 is the 10th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... For album titles with the same name, see 2002 (album). ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Sri_Lanka. ... January 11 is the 11th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... For album titles with the same name, see 2002 (album). ... February 28 is the 59th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Bangladesh. ... March 1 is the 60th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (61st in leap years). ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Bhutan. ...

List of SAARC Summits

  1. December 7-8, 1985 at Dhaka Flag of Bangladesh
  2. November 16-17, 1986 at Bangalore Flag of India
  3. November 2-4, 1987 at Kathmandu Flag of Nepal
  4. December 29-31, 1988 at Islamabad
  5. November 21-23, 1990 at Malé Flag of Maldives
  6. December 21, 1991 at Colombo Flag of Sri Lanka
  7. April 10-11, 1993 at Dhaka Flag of Bangladesh
  8. May 2-4, 1995 at New Delhi Flag of India
  9. May 12-14, 1997 at Malé Flag of Maldives
  10. July 29-31, 1998 at Colombo Flag of Sri Lanka
  11. January 4-6, 2002 at Kathmandu Flag of Nepal
  12. January 2-6, 2004 at Islamabad
  13. November 12-13, 2005 at Dhaka Flag of Bangladesh
  14. April 3-4, 2007 at New Delhi Flag of India

December 7 is the 341st day (342nd in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... December 8 is the 342nd day (343rd in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1985 (MCMLXXXV) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Dhaka (previously Dacca; Bangla: ঢাকা Đhaka; IPA: ) is the capital of Bangladesh and the Dhaka District. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Bangladesh. ... November 16 is the 320th day of the year (321st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar, with 45 days remaining. ... 17 November is also the name of a Marxist group in Greece, coinciding with the anniversary of the Athens Polytechnic uprising. ... 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Bangalore (proposed to be renamed Bengalooru or Bengaluru) (Kannada: ; pronunciation: in Kannada and in English) is the capital of the Indian state of Karnataka. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_India. ... November 2 is the 306th day of the year (307th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar, with 59 days remaining. ... November 4 is the 308th day of the year (309th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 57 days remaining. ... 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Kathmandu (Nepali: काठमाडौं, Nepal Bhasa: यें) is the capital city of Nepal and it is also the largest city in Nepal. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Nepal. ... December 29 is the 363rd day of the year (364th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar, with 2 days remaining. ... December 31 is the 365th day of the year (366th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Islamabad (Urdu: اسلام آباد, abode of Islam), is the capital city of Pakistan, and is located in the Potohar Plateau in the northwest of the country. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Pakistan_(bordered). ... November 21 is the 325th day of the year (326th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar. ... November 23 is the 327th day of the year (328th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 38 days remaining. ... MCMXC redirects here; for the Enigma album, see MCMXC a. ... Malé (Dhivehi: މާލެ), (pronounced: Maa-lay) population 81,647 (2004), is the capital of the Republic of Maldives. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Maldives. ... December 21 is the 355th day of the year (356th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Map of Colombo with its administrative districts Coordinates: District Colombo Division, Colombo District Mayor Uvaiz Mohammad Imitiyaz (Sri Lanka Freedom Party) Area    - City 37. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Sri_Lanka. ... April 10 is the 100th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (101st in leap years). ... April 11 is the 101st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (102nd in leap years). ... 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar and marked the Beginning of the International Decade to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination (1993-2003). ... Dhaka (previously Dacca; Bangla: ঢাকা Đhaka; IPA: ) is the capital of Bangladesh and the Dhaka District. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Bangladesh. ... May 2 is the 122nd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (123rd in leap years). ... May 4 is the 124th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (125th in leap years). ... 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the urban region that is the capital of India. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_India. ... May 12 is the 132nd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (133rd in leap years). ... May 14 is the 134th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (135th in leap years). ... 1997 (MCMXCVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Malé (Dhivehi: މާލެ), (pronounced: Maa-lay) population 81,647 (2004), is the capital of the Republic of Maldives. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Maldives. ... July 29 is the 210th day (211th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian Calendar, with 155 days remaining. ... July 31 is the 212th day (213th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian Calendar, with 153 days remaining. ... 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year of the Ocean [1]. // Coated in ice, power and telephone lines sag and often break, resulting in power outages. ... Map of Colombo with its administrative districts Coordinates: District Colombo Division, Colombo District Mayor Uvaiz Mohammad Imitiyaz (Sri Lanka Freedom Party) Area    - City 37. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Sri_Lanka. ... January 4 is the 4th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... January 6 is the 6th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar, with 359 days (360 in leap years) remaining. ... For album titles with the same name, see 2002 (album). ... Kathmandu (Nepali: काठमाडौं, Nepal Bhasa: यें) is the capital city of Nepal and it is also the largest city in Nepal. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Nepal. ... January 2 is the second day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... January 6 is the 6th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar, with 359 days (360 in leap years) remaining. ... 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Islamabad (Urdu: اسلام آباد, abode of Islam), is the capital city of Pakistan, and is located in the Potohar Plateau in the northwest of the country. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Pakistan_(bordered). ... November 12 is the 316th day of the year (317th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 49 days remaining. ... November 13 is the 317th day of the year (318th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 48 days remaining. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Dhaka (previously Dacca; Bangla: ঢাকা Đhaka; IPA: ) is the capital of Bangladesh and the Dhaka District. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Bangladesh. ... April 3 is the 93rd day of the year (94th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar, with 272 days remaining. ... April 4 is the 94th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (95th in leap years). ... 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the Anno Domini (common) era. ... This article is about the urban region that is the capital of India. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_India. ...

Future Membership

  • Flag of Iran The Islamic Republic of Iran is the only country in Southern Asia that is not a part of SAARC. Iran has traditionally enjoyed strong cultural, economic and political relationship with both India and Pakistan and has expressed its desire to become a member of the South Asian organization. On 22 February 2005, the Foreign Minister of Iran, Kamal Kharrazi, indicated Iran's interest in joining SAARC by saying that his country could provide the region with "East-West connectivity".[7] However, due to the on-going row over Iran's nuclear facilities, it seems unlikely that Iran would be accepted as a member of the SAARC. On 3 March 2007, Iran asked to join the SAARC as an observer. SAARC Secretary-General Lyonpo Chenkyab Dorji responded by saying that Iran's request for observer status would be taken up during a meeting of ministers of foreign affairs of SAARC member countries in the 3 April summit in New Delhi. [8]
  • The People's Republic of China has shown its interest in joining SAARC.[9] While Pakistan and Bangladesh support China's candidature, India is more reluctant about the prospect of Chinese membership, while Bhutan does not even have diplomatic relations with China.[10] However, during the 2005 Dhaka summit, India agreed on granting observer status to the PRC along with Japan.

Image File history File links Flag_of_Iran. ... February 22 is the 53rd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Kamal Kharrazi (Persian: &#1705;&#1605;&#1575;&#1604; &#1582;&#1585;&#1575;&#1586;&#1740;) (born December 1, 1944 in Tehran), is the Iranian Minister of Foreign Affairs, serving since August 20, 1997. ... As of 2006, Iran is not known to possess weapons of mass destruction and has signed treaties repudiating possession of them, including the Biological Weapons Convention, the Chemical Weapons Convention, and the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). ... March 3 is the 62nd day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (63rd in leap years). ... 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the Anno Domini (common) era. ... April 3 is the 93rd day of the year (94th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar, with 272 days remaining. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_Peoples_Republic_of_China. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Japan_(bordered). ...

Comparison with other Regional blocs

Most active regional blocs A trade bloc is a large free trade area or free trade area formed by one or more tax, tariff and trade agreements. ...

Most active regional blocs
Regional
bloc 1
Area (km2) Population GDP (PPP) ($US) GDP (nominal) ($US) Member
states 1
in millions per capita in millions per capita
East Asian Community 25,339,726 3,114,587,587 19,781,092 6,354 10,794,655 3,466 16
EU* 3,977,487 460,124,266 11,723,816 25,480 13,446,050 28,922 25
CARICOM 462,344 14,565,083 64,219 4,409 41,043 2,812 14+1 3
ECOWAS 5,112,903 251,646,263 342,519 1,361 155,863 619 15
CEMAC 3,020,142 34,970,529 85,136 2,435 40,609 1,161 6
EAC 1,763,777 97,865,428 104,239 1,065 37,280 380 3
CSN 17,339,153 370,158,470 2,868,430 7,749 1,373,635 1,009 10
GCC 2,285,844 35,869,438 536,223 14,949 517,739 14,433 6
SACU 2,693,418 51,055,878 541,433 10,605 245,107 4,800 5
COMESA 3,779,427 118,950,321 141,962 1,193 20
NAFTA 21,588,638 430,495,039 12,889,900 29,942 14,384,370 33,401 3
ASEAN 4,400,000 553,900,000 2,172,000 4,044 8,61900 1,079 10
SAARC 5,136,740 1,467,255,669 4,074,031 2,777 8
Agadir 1,703,910 126,066,286 513,674 4,075 4
EurAsEC 20,789,100 208,067,618 1,689,137 8,118 6
CACM 422,614 37,816,598 159,536 4,219 5
PARTA 528,151 7,810,905 23,074 2,954 12+2 3
Reference
blocs and
countries 2
Area (km2) Population GDP (PPP) ($US) GDP (nominal) ($US) Political
divisions
in millions per capita in millions per capita
UN 133,178,011 6,411,682,270 55,167,630 8,604 44,433,002 6,930 192
Canada 9,984,670 32,507,874 1,077,000 34,273 1,130,208 35,133 13
China (PRC) 4 9,596,960 1,306,847,624 8,182,000 6,300 2,224,811 1,709 33
India 3,287,590 1,102,600,000 3,433,000 3,100 775,410 705 35
Japan 377,835 127,333,002 3,910,728 30,615 4,571,314 35,757 47
Russia 17,075,200 143,782,338 1,589,000 8,900 766,180 5,349 89
USA 9,631,418 296,900,571 11,190,000 39,100 12,485,725 42,000 50
1 Including data only for full and most active members

2 The first two states in the World by area, population and GDP (PPP)GDP (nominal)
3 Including non-sovereign autonomous entities of other states
A trade bloc is a large free trade area or free trade area formed by one or more tax, tariff and trade agreements. ... The Caribbean Community and Common Market or CARICOM was established by the Treaty of Chaguaramas[1] which came into effect on August 1, 1973. ... The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) is a regional group of fifteen countries, founded on May 28, 1975 when fifteen West African countries signed the Treaty of Lagos. ... States of CEMAC The Economic and Monetary Community of Central Africa (or CEMAC from its name in French, Communauté Économique et Monétaire de lAfrique Centrale) is an organization of states of Central Africa established to promote economic integration among countries that share a common currency, the CFA franc. ... EAC The three states that make up the East African Community The East African Community (EAC) is a customs union in East Africa, consisting of Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania. ... The South American Community of Nations (CSN) (Spanish: , Portuguese: , Dutch: ) will be a continent-wide free trade zone that will unite two existing free-trade organizations—Mercosur and the Andean Community—eliminating tariffs for non-sensitive products by 2014 and sensitive products by 2019. ... The Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf (Arabic: مجلس التعاون لدول الخليج), formerly named and still commonly called Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) (مجلس التعاون الخليجي) is a regional organization involving the six Persian Gulf Arab States with many economic and social objectives in mind. ... States of SACU // Origins The Southern African Customs Union (SACU) came into existence on December 11, 1969 with the signature of the Customs Union Agreement between South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia and Swaziland. ... The Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa, is a preferential trading area with twenty member states stretching from Libya to Zimbabwe. ... The North American Free Trade Area is the trade bloc created by the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and its two supplements, the North American Agreement on Environmental Cooperation (NAAEC) and the North American Agreement on Labor Cooperation (NAALC), whose members are Canada, Mexico and the United States. ... Bold textLink titleWRONG // The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN - pronounced AH-SEE-AHN) is a geo-political and economic organization of 10 countries located in Southeast Asia. ... Map of the Agadir Agreement Members The Agadir Agreement for the Establishment of a Free Trade Zone between the Arabic Mediterranean Nations was signed in Rabat, Morocco on 25 February 2004. ... Flag of EurAsEC The Eurasian Economic Community (EurAsEC or EAEC) was put into motion on 10 October 2000 when Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia and Tajikistan signed the treaty. ... The Central American Common Market (abbreviated CACM - in Spanish: Mercado Común Centroamericano, abbreviated MCCA) is an economic trade organization between five nations of Central America. ... The Pacific Islands Forum is an inter-governmental consultative organ which aims to enhance cooperation between the independent countries of the Pacific Ocean and represent their interests. ... The foundation of the U.N. The United Nations (UN) is an international organization whose stated aims are to facilitate co-operation in international law, international security, economic development, social progress and human rights issues. ... Anthem: YìyÇ’ngjÅ«n JìnxíngqÇ”  (义勇军进行曲) March of the Volunteers Capital Beijing Largest city Shanghai Official languages Mandarin Chinese1 Government Socialist republic2  -  President Hu Jintao  -  Premier Wen Jiabao Establishment  -  Republic declared October 10, 1911   -  Peoples Republic declared October 1, 1949  Area  -  Total 9,596,960 km² (3rd... A trade bloc is a large free trade area or free trade area formed by one or more tax, tariff and trade agreements. ... This is a list of the countries of the world sorted by area. ... Countries by nominal GDP. Source: IMF (2005) This article includes a list of countries of the world sorted by their gross domestic product (GDP), the value of all final goods and services produced within a nation in a given year. ... Sovereignty is the exclusive right to exercise supreme political (e. ...

4 Data for the People's Republic of China does not include Hong Kong, Macau and
regions administered by the Republic of China (Taiwan).

* Although the European Union is not a federation in the strict sense, it is far more
than a free-trade association or an ordinary regional bloc, and it has many of the
attributes associated with independent nations: its own flag, anthem, central bank,
currency, elected parliament, supreme court and common foreign and security policy.

     smallest value among the blocs compared      largest value among the blocs compared This is a list of islands under the Republic of China administration (all claimed by the Peoples Republic of China). ... Motto: Three Principles of the People (三民主義 San-min Chu-i) Anthem: National Anthem of the Republic of China Capital Taipei (de facto)  Nanjing (de jure)1  Largest city Taipei Official languages Mandarin (GuóyÇ”) Government Semi-presidential system  -  President Chen Shui-bian  -  Vice President Annette Lu  -  Premier Su Tseng-chang...

During 2004. Source: CIA World Factbook 2005, IMF WEO Database
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2004 is a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The World Factbook 2007 (government edtion) cover. ... [[Image:Example. ...

See also

Countries under the South Asian Free Trade Area The Agreement on the South Asian Free Trade Area is an agreement reached at the 12th South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) summit at Islamabad, capital of Pakistan on 6 January 2004. ... A trade bloc is a large free trade area or free trade area formed by one or more tax, tariff and trade agreements. ... BIMSTEC Bay of Bengal Initiative for MultiSectoral Technical and Economic coorperation Background On 6 June 1997, a new sub-regional grouping was formed in Bangkok and given the name BIST-EC (Bangladesh, India, Sri Lanka, Thailand Economic Cooperation). ... The Asia Cooperation Dialogue (ACD) is a body created in 2002 to promote Asian cooperation at a continental level, helping to integrate the previously separate regional organizations of political or economical cooperation such as ASEAN, SAARC or the Gulf Cooperation Council. ...

References

  1. ^ http://www.ibnlive.com/news/sl-proposes-one-saarc-currency/37642-3.html
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ [2]
  4. ^ [3]
  5. ^ http://english.people.com.cn/200703/04/eng20070304_354098.html
  6. ^ a b c d [4]
  7. ^ Iran's membership prospects
  8. ^ [5]
  9. ^ Afghan and further Chinese membership prospects
  10. ^ China's membership prospects

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South Asia - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (411 words)
South Asia or Southern Asia is a southern geopolitical region of the Asian continent comprising territories on and in proximity to the Indian subcontinent.
The peoples of the region possess several distinguishing features that set them apart anthropologically from the rest of Asia; the dominant peoples and cultures are Indo-Aryan and Dravidian, and have a greater affinity with Europe than with most other regions of Asia, excepting the Iranian Plateau and the Caucasus.
The region was at its most prosperous before the 18th century, when the Mughal Empire held sway in the north; European colonialism led to a new conquering of the region, by Portugal and Holland, and later Britain and to a lesser degree France.
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