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Modi for transforming Bay of Bengal into a bridge of connectivity

Shiekh Hasina calls for rebuilding a resilient Bay of Bengal region for mutual benefit

Update : 30 Mar 2022, 09:03 PM

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi yesterday called upon fellow leaders to strive to transform the Bay of Bengal into a bridge of connectivity, prosperity, and security among the Bimstec-member countries.

The same day, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina called for collective efforts of the seven Bay of Bengal countries towards tapping the full potential of the region for the benefit of their people, reports UNB.

“We need to find common strategies to rebuild a sustainable and resilient Bay of Bengal region by tapping the full potentials of the region,” she said while addressing the fifth Bimstec Summit that opened in Sri Lankan capital, Colombo.

Joining the summit virtually from her official residence Ganbhaban, the prime minister said that the summit meeting gives an opportunity to expedite the collective efforts and find out common solutions to multiple challenges, including the recent price hike of essentials.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, her Indian counterpart Modi, and other leaders also witnessed the signing of three Bimstec agreements to enhance cooperation. These are the Bimstec Convention on Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters, Bimstec Memorandum of Understanding on Mutual Cooperation in the field of Diplomatic Training, and Memorandum of Association on the Establishment of Bimstec Technology Transfer Facility.

The main outcome of the summit was the adoption and signing of the Bimstec Charter, which formalizes its grouping into an organization made up of member states that are littoral to, and dependent upon, the Bay of Bengal.

Prime Minister Modi virtually participated in the 5th Bimstec (Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation) Summit hosted by Sri Lanka.

Prior to the 5th Bimstec Summit, preparatory meetings at the Senior Official and Foreign Minister levels were held in Colombo on March 28 and 29 in the hybrid mode.

The summit’s theme “Towards a Resilient Region, Prosperous Economies, Healthy People” captured the main current priorities of member states, and the efforts by BIMSTEC to develop cooperation activities that support member state’s programmes to deal with the economic and development consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Summit also saw considerable progress in the Bimstec connectivity agenda with the adoption of the “Master Plan for Transport Connectivity” by Leaders which lays out a guidance framework for connectivity related activities in the region in the future.

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