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Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC)


Dhaka, Bangladesh (to be operational second half of 2012)

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Short description

BIMSTEC promotes economic cooperation among its members and fosters cooperation among South and Southeast Asian nations.


From 1997 to 2010 members contributed funding to BIMSTEC activities on a voluntary basis. In Myanmar in January 2011, at the organization’s 13th Ministerial Meeting, members agreed to establish a permanent secretariat in Dhaka. Members are to meet in June 2012 to discuss and agree on dues, operational expenses, and budgets.

Bangladesh, India, Sri Lanka, and Thailand created BIST-EC in June 1997, which was amended later that year to BIMSTEC when Myanmar formally joined the regional grouping. In 2004 Bhutan and Nepal became members. The acronym did not change, but members agreed on the current name.


7 members (all UN member states)

  • Current members*: Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Thailand (Bold: founding member, Grey: suspended member)
  • Former members: None
  • Membership pending: None

Overlapping memberships with other ROs

BIMSTEC members represent:

  • 2 of 10 ASEAN members (Myanmar and Thailand are ASEAN members)
  • 2 of 24 CICA members (India and Thailand are CICA members)
  • 5 of 8 SAARC members (Afghanistan, Maldives, and Pakistan are not BIMSTEC members)

* Information accurate as of 12 May 2012

PoA Point of Contact

  • To be announced
  • Director


PoA-related activities

In 2005 BIMSTEC created the Sector on Counter- Terrorism and Transnational Crime (as part of an expansion of its sectors from the original 6 to 13— a 14th was subsequently added). It has four subgroups: (1) Intelligence Sharing; (2) Legal and Law Enforcement Issues; (3) Combating the Financing of Terrorism; and (4) Prevention of Illicit Trafficking in Narcotic Drugs, Psychotropic Substances and Precursor Chemicals. In 2009, at BIMSTEC’s 12th Ministerial Meeting held in Myanmar, member states signed the BIMSTEC Convention on Cooperation in Combating International Terrorism, Transnational Organized Crime, and Illicit Drug Trafficking. As of April 2012 the convention had yet to enter into force.

PoA-related programmes and initiatives

PoA-relevant cooperation with other ROs


Legally binding regional instruments

  • BIMSTEC Convention on Cooperation in Combating International Terrorism, Transnational Organized Crime, and Illicit Drug Trafficking (2009)

Other official documents of interest

  • None


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