BIPSS, in partnership with Dhaka Tribune, recently hosted a roundtable on ‘SAARC is Dead (?), Long Live SAARC: Reviving South Asian Regionalism’ at The Westin Dhaka. The event was moderated by Major General ANM Muniruzzaman (Retd), President of BIPSS and Mr. Zafar Sobhan, Editor of The Dhaka Tribune.The roundtable had an expert panel comprising of Ms. Ayesha Kabir, Head of English Web, Prothom Alo, Md. Touhid Hossain, Former Foreign Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Government of Bangladesh and Dr. Marufa Akter, Assistant Professor & Chair, Department of Global Studies & Governance, School of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences Independent University (IUB).
The session was attended by ambassadors and senior diplomats based in Dhaka, government officials, defence personnel, academics, editors, journalists, scholars, and students among others. The discussion highlighted that regional cooperation of South-Asian countries and investment was needed to make SAARC come to life. SAARC has remained non-functional, and speakers were hopeful that SAARC can be revived again.