Pak Observer, 26 March , 2018
WHILE the future of South Asian Regional Cooperation (SAARC) appears to be in
limbo due to intransigence and rigid behaviour of India, it is good to see that
its other member states are making efforts to put some life into the regional
union with aim to achieve the objectives for which it was created decades ago.
investment dried up, Nepal looking to alternatives like China
Business-Standard, 25 March , 2018
The communist government in Nepal is not pro-China but a vacuum of investment
from India has led the Himalayan nation look for alternatives even as India is a
natural partner, SAARC CII President Suraj Vaidya said.
Nepal Times, 23 March, 2018
Energy is a critical ingredient for prosperity, and can be a catalyst for deeper
regional integration. Energy security is a critical issue for South Asia, which
is home to nearly one-fourth of the world’s population and where economies are
growing by an average of nearly 7% each year.
India sees BIMSTEC
an ‘opportunity’ for the Bay of Bengal region
BDNews24, 21 March, 2018
India sees the 20-year-old BIMSTEC as an “opportunity” for the seven member
states along the Bay of Bengal to work together to create a common space for
peace and development.
ministers emphasise on intra-regional trade, investment
Kathmandu Post, 19 March, 2018
Mar 19, 2018-Political issues, which have held South Asia’s development agendas
as hostage, will prevent the region from achieving its growth potential in the
coming days, unless the private sector intervenes and promotes trade and
investment to spur economic growth.