SAARC COVID-19 Emergency Fund

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On March 15, 2020, during a video conference of the SAARC Heads of State and Government, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi proposed a Coronavirus Emergency Fund. This emergency fund was set up in response to the global coronavirus pandemic. [1] The initiative seeks to mitigate the risks associated with the coronavirus pandemic in the South Asian region. The other members of the SAARC expressed their support of Narendra Modi and his proposal for the coronavirus emergency fund. [2]


India announced that the country was donating $10 million as its initial contribution to support the initiative. Narendra Modi stated that the contributions for the fund from member countries would be voluntary. [3] As of 10 April 2020, the emergency fund had accumulated a sum of US$21.8 million with the pool of contributions from seven member countries. [4] On March 21, 2020, Maldives announced it would contribute $200,000, and Bhutan announced it would contribute $100,000. [5] [6] On March 22, Bangladesh announced it would contribute $1.5 million, and Nepal and Afghanistan announced that they would voluntarily contribute $1 million. [7] On March 23, Sri Lanka announced it would contribute $5 million. [8] On April 9, Pakistan announced that they contributed $3 million. [9]

List of amount donated
CountryAmount (millions US$)
Flag of India.svg India10
Flag of Sri Lanka.svg Sri Lanka5
Flag of Pakistan.svg Pakistan3
Flag of Bangladesh.svg Bangladesh1.5
Flag of Nepal.svg Nepal1
Flag of Taliban.svg Afghanistan1
Flag of Maldives.svg Maldives0.2
Flag of Bhutan.svg Bhutan0.1

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