Islamabad, 30 November: A two-day SAARC workshop sponsored by
the World Bank began in Islamabad on Monday with enhancing economic development in
South Asia high on the agenda.
The delegates from SAARC countries have gathered to review the
progress on the social charter, which was reached by all members in the SAARC
summit in January this year.
The charter envisages poverty alleviation, economic growth,
health and education development, uplift of the masses and population growth.
Minister of state for foreign affairs Khusro Bakhtiar said that
Pakistan was fully committed to achieve the objectives of the saarc social
Minister of state for economic affairs Hina Rabbani Khar said
that sound and broad-based economic policies are being pursued for effective
implementation of the SAARC social charter in Pakistan.
Delegates from the SAARC countries said the social charter was
being implemented in letter and in spirit in their respective countries.
They called upon the lending agencies and civil societies to
contribute towards realization of the charterís objectives. (Asian Tribune)-