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Visakhapatnam: Former Secretary, Ministry of External Affairs A N Ram today said political differences have not allowed the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) to move forward meaningfully and its programmes have generally left no mark on the common man, who remained largely marginalised.
Delivering his keynote address during the inauguration of two-day seminar on 'SAARC: towards a greater connectivity' at the Andhra University here, Mr Ram stated that the South Asian region should slowly move in the direction of promoting sub-regional connectivity and cooperation, and if necessary, start with purely commercial arrangements. Andhra University Vice-Chancellor B Satyanarayana, who inaugurated the seminar said, visionary perspectives, political misunderstandings and mistrust, particularly the Indo-Pak conflict, were the irritants for the effective functioning of the regional institution.
He said the seminar, organised by the Andhra University Centre for SAARC , would facilitate a debate not only on greater connectivity among the member countries of SAARC, but also between the South Asian region and the rest of the World.
He said the member countries should make a headway in devising solutions to the problems that obstruct the process of regional cooperation by concentrating upon greater Connectivity for the multi-faceted growth of the region.
Experts attending the seminar include, Dr Abu Taher Salahuddin Ahmed from Bangladesh Institute of International and Strategic Studies (BIISS), Dhaka and Dr Lawrence Saez from School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), London, who presented their papers on the opening day, T Nirmala Devi, Director, AU Centre for SAARC Studies said.
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