Study on Development of Institutional Framework for Data Collection on Trade in Services, including Capacity Building
" Proposed by SAARCSTAT and Committee on Economic Cooperation of SAARC Commerce Secretaries
" Study has been completed.
" Subsequently under second phase, draft regional common schedules were also prepared for negotiations under SAARC Agreement on Trade in Services (SATIS)
Study on Codification of Variations in the Level of Development of Capital Markets in SAARC Member States
" The Study was recommended by SAARC Colloquium on Management of Stock Exchange Systems and Regulation of Stock Markets, SAARC Secretariat, Kathmandu, 21-22 April 2008.
" The Study has been completed and published.
" The Study would serve as a reference document for the SAARC Expert Group on Development of Capital Market the Second Meeting of which will be hosted by India in January 2017.
Study on the Regional Economic Integration in SAARC, its current extent and recommendations for further deepening (Phase-I and Phase-II)
" Study Completed.
" Launched during Eighteenth SAARC Summit in Kathmandu on 25 November 2014.
" Two Special SAARC-ADB Meeting on the Regional Economic Integration Study (Phase-II) have been held in Goa, India and Male', Maldives on 14-15 April 2015 and 27-28 January 2016, respectively.
" Seven recommendations of the Study have been identified for implementation on priority basis. The timeline for their implementation has also been agreed.
" Third Meeting, scheduled to be held in Islamabad tentatively on 6-7 December 2016, will review the progress.
" The theme of the Third Meeting would be connectivity.
Study on Development of web-based, user-protected interface and institution of a designated Statistics Cell at Secretariat for coordinating all statistical data or requirements thereof
" The Study has been completed.
" SAARCSTAT examined the Study and made its recommendations for implementation.
" Eighth Meeting of Heads of SAARC Statistical Organisations (SAARCSTAT) held in New Delhi on 29-31 August 2016 was briefed by the ADB Consultant for SAARC Projects about the SAARC-ADB cooperation in the field of statistics
Second Phase of SAARCSTAT Study for launching of SAARCSTAT Web Portal
" In the Second phase of the Study, SAARCSTAT Web Portal, hosted by Pakistan Bureau of Statistics, was launched during the Sixth Meeting of SAARCSTAT (Kathmandu, 12-13 June 2014) and Nodal Points in all Member States are being trained in updating the Web Portal to ensure that latest data in respect of all Member States is available on the Portal at all times.
" A Meeting of two experts from Pakistan Bureau of Statistics was arranged with the former lead consultant (Dr. S. K. Nath from India) and former national technical consultant (Mr. Anjib Shakya from Nepal) for exchange of views and understanding modalities of transfer of data and other technical issues. It was held at the SAARC Secretariat, Kathmandu on 29-30 June 2015.
" Pakistan hosted first Training Programme of Nodal Points for updating SAARCSTAT Web Portal on 15-16 February 2016 with the financial and technical assistance of ADB.
" At the Eighth Meeting of SAARCSTAT (New Delhi, 29-31 August 2016), ADB Consultant for SAARC Projects presented the Report of the First Training Programme of Nodal Points for updating SAARCSTAT Web Portal. The delegation of Pakistan informed that Pakistan would continue to host the Web Portal till alternative arrangements are made. He also informed that the Pakistan Bureau of Statistics is receiving good response from the Nodal Points who underwent training in Islamabad.
" The Second Training Programme would be hosted by India at DGCIS, Kolkata in end November 2016.
Study for SAARC to examine the need to develop a regional coordinated surveillance mechanism to forecast the fall-out of external shocks which may create an economic and financial dislocation within the SAARC region.
" Study was conducted by the Consultant Mr. Subir Gokarna. It was considered by the Seventh Meeting of Inter-Governmental Expert Group (IGEG) on Financial Issues held at the SAARC Secretariat, Kathmandu on 20-21 May 2014 and recommended that the Study be thoroughly revised.
" The Revised Study conducted by Consultant Mr. Rajan Govil was considered by the Eighth Meeting of IGEG on Financial Issues held in Islamabad on 20-21 July 2016. The Meeting discussed in detail the need to have an exclusive Regional Coordinated Surveillance Mechanism for the SAARC region. It agreed that it would be premature at this time to consider establishing an exclusive Mechanism as the Member States are regularly working on their respective surveillance systems to ensure economic and financial stability.
Study on South Asia Regional Power Exchange
" (Seventh Meeting of the Working Group on Energy held in Marawila, Sri Lanka, on 15-16 March 2013 endorsed the Study.
" Status: Completed