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Sunday, 7 April 2013

South Asia to fight poverty together


South Asia to fight poverty together

A two-day SAARC ministerial meeting on poverty alleviation concluded with reiteration of pledge to reduce regional poverty through strategic cooperation among South Asian countries.
The meeting decided to launch various projects at the regional and sub-regional levels to bring poverty table down by creating employment and attracting foreign and regional investments in SAARC region, according to a Nepali official.

The meeting that saw the participation of ministers and top officials from all eight SAARC member-states also decided to formulate a poverty reduction strategy following the end of UN Millennium Development Goals in 2015.

The two-day convention did not introduce any new agenda or strategy to tackle regional poverty, it rather laid stress on the need to uphold the ongoing programmes and strategies.

Local Development Minister and Minister for Cooperatives and Poverty Alleviation, Bidhyadhar Malik, said the SAARC region had brought down regional poverty table to 25 per cent from 30 per cent a decade earlier.

Later in the evening, delegates from all SAARC member-states, save Nepal, called on Chairman Regmi at the latter’s office and apprised him of poverty reduction and other regional issues. At the meet, Regmi said poverty alleviation was possible if there was willpower. Regmi briefed them about Nepal’s recent political developments, according to a source.

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