South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation

Logo of  South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) Bengali: দক্ষিণ এশীয় আঞ্চলিক সহযোগিতা সংস্থাDari: اتحادیه همکاری‌های منطقه‌ای جنوب آسیDzongkha: ༄ ལྷོ ཨེསིཨ་ རེ་གིཨོནལ་ ཅོཨོཔེརཏིཨོན་ ཀོ་མི་ཏི།Hindi: दक्षिण एशियाई क्षेत्रीय सहयोग संगठनMaldivian: ދެކުނު އޭޝިޔާގެ ސަރަޙައްދީ އެއްބާރުލުމުގެ ޖަމިއްޔާNepali: दक्षिण एशियाली क्षेत्रीय सहयोग सङ्गठनPashto: د سویلي اسیا لپاره د سیمه ایزی همکارۍ ټولنهSinhalese: දකුණු ආසියාතික කලාපීය සහයෝගිතා සංවිධානයTamil: தெற்காசிய நாடுகளின் பிராந்தியக் கூட்டமைப்புUrdu: جنوبی ایشیائی علاقائی تعاون کی تنظیم‬
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  Member states   Observer states
  Member states
  Observer states
Headquarters Kathmandu
Official languages English
Demonym South Asian
Member states
Leaders
Pakistan Amjad B. Hussain [1]
Establishment 8 December 1985
Area
• Total
5,099,611 km2 (1,968,971 sq mi) (7th)
• Water (%)
6.8
Population
• 2015 estimate
1,713,870,000[2] (1st)
• Density
336.1/km2 (870.5/sq mi)
GDP (PPP) 2015 estimate
• Total
US$9.9 trillion [3] (3rd)
GDP (nominal) 2015 estimate
• Total
US$ 2.9 trillion[3] (5th)
Currency
Time zone (UTC+4:30 to +6)
Calling code
Internet TLD .asia[a]

The South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) is the regional intergovernmental organization and geopolitical union of nations in South Asia. Its member states include Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, the Maldives, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. SAARC comprises 3% of the world's area, 21% of the world's population and 3.8% (US$2.9 trillion)[3] of the global economy, as of 2015.

SAARC was founded in Dhaka on 8 December 1985.[4] Its secretariat is based in Kathmandu, Nepal. The organization promotes development of economic and regional integration.[5] It launched the South Asian Free Trade Area in 2006. SAARC maintains permanent diplomatic relations at the United Nations as an observer and has developed links with multilateral entities, including the European Union.


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