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SAARC Charter of Democracy will be finalized on Sunday

South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) Charter of Democracy will be finalized on Sunday. Mohammad Mizarul Kayes, the Foreign Secretary of Bangladesh informs the journalists after the first day of Inter-Governmental meeting at Dhaka on Saturday. He says, ”we have already completed 80% of the finalization works. The rest of the works will be completed with in tomorrow (Sunday)”. The Foreign Secretary says that the finalized charter will be tabled at the Secretary level meeting, which will be held on November. The charter will also be tabled at the SAARC Ministerial meeting on next December. The Final approval may come from the 17th SAARC Summit, which will be held on April. A 2-day Inter-Governmental meeting to deliberate on the idea of the SAARC Charter of Democracy begins in Dhaka today (Saturday). Representatives that include parliamentarians, High Commissioners, high officials from all eight SAARC member states are attending the meeting. According to the Foreign Ministry of Bangladesh, the leaders, during the 16th summit while appreciating that all the member states had evolved into multi-party democracies, underlined the challenge faced by them in ensuring an effective, efficient, transparent and accountable governments. In this regard, they emphasized the need for regional cooperation to strengthen good governance. As per decision of the summit, Bangladesh circulated the concept paper on SAARC Charter of Democracy and convened the Inter-Governmental meeting. Recognizing the inherent link between democracy and development, the member states expressed their commitment to have a SAARC Charter of Democracy, which will strengthen democratic institutions and process, promote practice of democracy at all levels of government and society and promote the rule of law. The meeting is examining broad principles on democracy for inclusion in regionally agreed document. It is also examining how SAARC member states, people’s representatives and civil society can work toward strengthening democracy and democratic practice in South Asia, and respond in case of departures from democratic norms and processes.

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