Dhaka, Dec 10 (UNI) The first-ever SAARC Youth Camp was launched in Bangladesh today with 120 young men and women from eight countries of South Asia participating in it.
Bangladesh caretaker government Chief Adviser Dr Fakhruddin Ahmed inaugurated the camp at National Youth Centre in Savar, about 40 km from here.
Mr Ahmed urged the youth of SAARC countries to actively participate in nation-building and regional development activities, saying their determination to bring changes in society constitute the most vital ingredients for progress of the countries.
''On our part we remain committed to building partnership with you in activities relevant for progress. Your passion for change and resolve to lead a life of significance would enable us to turn challenges into opportunities,'' he told the participants.
He released a bunch of colorful balloons and pigeons in the air, marking the inaugural of the four-day youth camp.
The main theme of the first SAARC Youth Camp 2007 is 'Connecting South Asian Youths.' The camp is arranged in a bid to increase communication, cooperation and fraternity among the youth of the member countries.
It also aimed at creating an opportunity for exchange of experiences and cultures, strengthening friendly relations and developing leadership among the youth of the region.
The Chief Adviser said the youth camp is an indication of SAARC's determination to connect the minds and hearts of the people of the member countries, generate greater cohesion and understanding, and bridge the gap, if any, in the mindsets of regional countries.
The Chief Adviser said the SAARC Youth Camp will bring together young minds from Mazar-e-Sharif to Male, Quetta to Kathmandu, Colombo to Kolkata, and Thimpu to Dhaka, annually in an institutionalised but informal setting.