Finally, Asia’s long-awaited event has come to get kickstarted in Nepal!
The 16th ministerial meeting of the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) began in Kathmandu on August 29, 2018.
The two-day 4th BIMSTEC Summit, during August 30-31, 2018, is hosting dignitaries from the BIMSTEC member-countries such as India, Myanmar, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Thailand.
Chaired by the Nepali Foreign Affairs Minister Pradeep Kumar Gyawali, the first meeting of the BIMSTEC 2018 today is set to see statements by the Foreign/External Affairs Ministers of the BIMSTEC member countries.
The meeting will also see special presentations including the one by BIMSTEC Secretary General and other reports of the Special and 19th Senior Officials’ Meeting (SOM).
Besides overall briefing of the Fourth BIMSTEC Summit, the meet will also finalize on the BIMSTEC Convention/MoU (making it ready-to-be-signed) and the Draft Kathmandu Declaration of the Fourth BIMSTEC Summit.
The first-day discussion also includes adoption of the Report of the 16th BIMSTEC Ministerial Meeting, informed the Nepali Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Minister of State for External Affairs of India Dr VK Singh, Union Minister of International Cooperation of Myanmar Mr Kyaw Tin, Foreign Minister of Bangladesh Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali, Sri Lankan State Minister of Foreign Affairs Vasantha Senanayake, Foreign Minister of Thailand Don Pramudwinai and Foreign Secretary of Bhutan Sonam Tshong are among the key country-wise delegations participating in the meeting.