SAARC REGIONAL CENTRES
SAARC Human Resources Development Centre (SHRDC), Islamabad, Pakistan
SHRDC established in Islamabad in 2002 with an objective to undertake research, training and dissemination of information on human resources development issues. The activities of the Centre include development of a database in the areas of education, health, gender, poverty, children and environment; preparation of a directory of HRD institutions in SAARC countries; development of a SHRDC website; publication of a SHRDC newsletter; and holding of a training programme on poverty alleviation.
SAARC Costal Zone Management Centre (SZMC), Male, Maldives
SZMC was set up in Male, Maldives in June 2005. The functions of the Centre are to collect, compile and disseminate information through networking among the Member States, assess and standardize planning methodologies for Integrated Coastal Zone Management and provide support for the promotion and development of ICZM concepts, methodologies and planning tools.
SAARC Information Centre (SIC), Kathmandu, Nepal
The SAARC Plan of Action on Media and Information adopted by the Information Ministers at their first meeting in Dhaka in 1998 called for the establishment of a SAARC Information Centre. This was approved by the Tenth Summit. However the Centre could be set up only recently. The objectives of SIC are to act as a nodal agency for collection of information of SAARC and its member states, work as facilitator in professional matters for print and electronic media, coordinate radio and TV productions, facilitate research and conduct training and skill transfer activities, act as an Information Bank of SAARC and its member countries, forge stronger intra-regional links for co-operation and collaboration among the media of SAARC countries, and interact with the (SAARC Audio-Visual Exchange) SAVE, SAARC Regional Centres, SAARC Apex and recognized bodies and other programmes within SAARC.
SAARC Energy Centre, Pakistan
SEC was set up in Islamabad in 2006. The goals of the Centre are to strengthen South Asian's capacity to collectively address regional and global energy issues to facilitate energy trade within the SAARC region and to enhance more efficient use of energy within the region. The primary objective for the establishment of the Centre is to put in place, a regional institution of excellence for the initiation, coordination and facilitation of SAARC programs in energy.
SAARC Forestry Center,
SAARC Forestry Centre was established in
November 2007 and officially inaugurated on 11th June 2008 in Thimphu Bhutan.
The centerís vision is to protect, conserve and prudent use of forest resources
by adopting sustainable forest management paradigm through research, education
and coordination among the SAARC member countries to contribute towards
sustainable development and conservation of global environment. The center
consists of four divisions 1) Information and Knowledge Management Division 2)
Sustainable Forest Management Division 3) Mountain Ecology Division 4)
SAARC Cultural Center,
SAARC Cultural Center was
inaugurated on 25th May 2009 in Colombo by Foreign Minister of Srilanka. The
Cultural Center will, through enhanced interaction, foster friendship and
greater understanding among the people of the region. The Center will promote
distinctive arts of South Asia and would be easily accessible to artists,
teachers and students from the region. The complex has an auditorium, a well
endowed library, seminar and lecture halls , comfortable accommodation and