BIMSTEC, SAARC (notes)

BIMSTEC:
  • Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation
  • BIMSTEC free trade agreement is under negotiation (c. 2018), also referred to as mini SAARC.

File:BIMSTEClogo.jpg

Members:

Bangladesh
Bhutan
India
Myanmar
Nepal
Sri Lanka
Thailand

  • 6 June 1997 (first name: BIST-EC)
  • Nepal and Bhutan: Feb 2004
  • 31 July 2004 name changed to BIMSTEC
  • Headquarter: Dhaka, opened by 13 Sept 2014

Objective:

  • technological and economic cooperation among south Asian and southeast Asian countries along the coast of the Bay of Bengal. (14 sectors)
  1. Trade & Investment
  2. Transport & Communication
  3. Energy
  4. Tourism
  5. Technology
  6. Fisheries
  7. Agriculture
  8. Public Health
  9. Poverty Alleviation
  10. Counter-Terrorism & Transnational Crime
  11. Environment & Disaster Management
  12. People-to-People Contact
  13. Cultural Cooperation
  14. Climate Change

Chairmanship: 

  • Nepal (2014 - till date)

Summit 

  • 31 July 2004 (Thailand)
  • 13 Nov 2008 (India)
  • 4 March 2014 (Myanmar)
  • Oct 2016 (India)

SAARC

The first SAARC summit was held in Dhaka (Bangladesh), on December 7 and 8 in 1985 AD; established South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation, endorsed SAARC Charter.
SAARC secretariat is in Kathmandu

File:SAARC Logo.svg

Members (8)

  • Bangladesh, 
  • India, 
  • Nepal, 5th largest country in SAARC (already orhanized 1st, 8th and 19th South Asian Games)
  • Pakistan, 
  • Bhutan,
  • Sri Lanka, 
  • Maldives,
  • Afghanistan, 3rd April 2007

Observer Country (9): Australia, China, EU, Japan, Iran, Mauritius, Myanmar, S. Korea, USA

After 3 conference:
  • Asian Relation Conference, New Delhi 1947
  • Bagulo Conference, Philippines 1950
  • Powers Conference SriLanka 1954

Regional Centers

  • Ag. information: Dhaka
  • TB: Ktm
  • Information: Ktm.
  • Documentation: New Delhi
  • Energy: Islamabad
  • Metrological: Dhaka
  • Disaster Mangement Centre: Islamabad
  • Forestry Center- Colombo
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