Pakistan's Amjad Hussain B. Sial has assumed charge as the 13th Secretary General of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC).
This is the second time that a Secretary General from Pakistan will be leading the SAARC.
Pakistan attaches great importance to regional cooperation under the umbrella of SAARC for promoting the welfare of the people of South Asia, improving their quality of life, accelerating economic growth, social progress and cultural development.
The appointment of Mr. Sial is expected to help revive and strengthen the SAARC process, bringing all the member states together and ensuring timely and effective implementation of programmes and activities that will benefit the region.
Mr. Amjad Sial succeeded Mr. Arjun Bahadur Thapa of Nepal.
The Secretaries-General of SAARC are appointed from Member States on the basis of the principle of rotation in alphabetical order for a period of three years.