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PM Modi To Virtually Attend BIMSTEC Summit, EAM Jaishankar To Attend In Colombo
NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will take part in the fifth BIMSTEC Summit to be held in a hybrid format on 30 March in Sri Lanka, the incumbent BIMSTEC chair. Sri Lanka President Gotabaya Rajapaksa will chair the summit.
In the BIMSTEC Summit, PM Modi and other leaders will discuss the establishment of basic institutional structures and mechanisms of the group. The leaders will raise COVID-19 related challenges at the forum. According to Sri Lankan government, the BIMSTEC Charter will be adopted in the summit under the chair of Sri Lanka. BIMSTEC Master Plan for Transport Connectivity & BIMSTEC Convention on Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters will most likely be finalized in the summit. The summit may process the BIMSTEC Coastal Shipping Agreement and the Motor Vehicles Agreement.
India’s External Affairs Minister Dr. Jaishankar will participate in the BIMSTEC Ministerial Meeting in person on 29 March 2022 in Colombo. Prior to the BIMSTEC Ministerial Meeting, meetings of BIMSTEC Senior Officials will be convened on 28 March. Senior Officials and the Foreign Ministers of Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, and Thailand will reach Sri Lanka for the BIMSTEC Senior Officials’ Meeting and Ministerial Meeting, whereas Wunna Maung Lwin, the foreign minister of Myanmar’s incumbent State Administration Council will attend the summit virtually.
Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation is a cluster of seven nations – India, Thailand, Myanmar, Nepal, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Bhutan – that sprang up as an economic bloc in 1997. The group has gained immense prominence especially because the SAARC has been inactive over the past few years.