The forum is organized in collaboration with the University Grants Commission, Sri Lanka.

The discussion will be convened with the participation of ambassadors, leading academics, policy advisors, and civil society leaders of the SAARC countries.

The COVID-19 crisis has triggered an economic downturn which has led millions into poverty and worsened inequality. South Asian countries have ramped action to curb the health emergency, protect their people, and set the stage for recovery.

The forum of leaders of the SAARC countries intends to discuss the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the economies of the SAARC region, on business organizations and their resilience strategies.

The leaders will discuss the impact of COVID-19 on the stability of the financial sector, trade and supply chain activities, foreign remittances, and opportunities for greater regional cooperation in crisis management.

The participants are yet to be announced.

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