South Asian Satellite May Launch

South Asian Satellite May Launch

Tokyo, Japan, 27 April 1998 (SAT-ND) -- Officials of the South Asian
Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) have indicated they might
launch a satellite "to promote cultural and economic relations among its
member nations." There may also be common TV network.

The SAARC comprises Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan
and Sri Lanka. After a two-day meeting of the member countries' information
ministers, Naeem Hasan, Secretary-General of SAARC told a news conference
the association would "examine the financial and technical feasibility of
establishing an SAARC satellite."

Opening the conference, Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina asked South
Asian countries to consider building a television network to benefit the
region's 1.2 billion people. The meeting later adopted a "Plan of Action on
Media and Information" calling for free flow of information and exchange of
TV and radio programmes.

Source: Sat-ND

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