A tale of two summits
The 18th summit of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC), which recently concluded in Kathmandu, Nepal, has been a disappointment. On top of the agenda were three connectivity agreements on road, rail and energy, to be endorsed by the eight SAARC leaders. Only one of these—on energy—has been signed. The remaining two will be discussed again in three months, as Pakistan has not completed its “internal processes” to endorse them. While the SAARC summit left a lot to be desired, the G20 summit in Brisbane wasn’t that path-breaking either. All G20 members must keep in mind that the G20 is not only a significant but a great platform for all the countries that participate to bring forth their suggestions and issues. Right now many challenges, especially economic and monetary, are in front of the G20. Several participants are discussing the best possible ways of tackling the economic challenge and creating jobs. Furthermore, terrorism and global conflicts have come in the way of the growth of the international community. Besides this, transparency, working as a group and cooperation among the countries are all positive gestures that are needed now. Let’s not waste such large summits where a lot can be discussed and a lot more can be achieved.
P Senthil Saravana Durai
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