The 53rd session of programming committee meeting of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) has started at Kathmandu, Nepal on February 1, 2017. The senior officials of all 8 member countries are participating in the meeting. The Indian delegation is lead by Prashant Agarwal, Joint Secretary (SAARC). During the two day meeting number of issues such as budget of SAARC secretariat and its 5 regional centres and regular activities of the Association will be discussed. This is the first senior level meeting of Association since postponement of 19th SAARC Summit in November 2016.