Date: Mar 29, 2022
BIMSTEC Summit 2022: Conversations

This event will start at 12:00 p.m. IST. Link to the broadcast will be made available here.

As the Bay of Bengal returns to the limelight of strategic attention after years of isolation, its littoral countries are keen to re-engage with one another, to build a more collaborative future. A natural platform to reinforce these ties and develop avenues of cooperation is the Bay of Bengal Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation or BIMSTEC — the regional organisation exclusive to the Bay. Interest is therefore mounting as BIMSTEC prepares to host its 5th Summit Meeting on 30 March 2022, wherein it will rationalise its sectors of cooperation and adopt a Charter for the first time, since its inception in 1997.

Keeping the significance of this event in mind, Observer Research Foundation under its Neighbourhood Studies Initiative has curated a series of brief interactions under the banner of BIMSTEC Summit 2022. The web series is composed of eight video conversations, each dedicatedly covering one of the seven BIMSTEC member countries: India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Thailand, Nepal, Bhutan, and the BIMSTEC Secretariat itself. The agenda is to have focused discussions with domain experts on various key issues ranging from security to people-to-people contact, which the organisation must cultivate as it tries to regain its vigour in the Bay of Bengal region.


12:00 – 12:05 p.m. | Introduction of the Series | Anasua Basu Ray Chaudhury 12:05 – 12:25 p.m. | Interview 1 | Counting on the Community: Bangladesh’s Cyclone Preparedness Programme | Ahmadul Haque in Conversation with Sohini Bose 12:25 – 12:45 p.m. | Interview 2 | Connecting People across the Bay of Bengal | Damaru Ballabha Paudel in Conversation with Anasua Basu Ray Chaudhury 12:45 – 1:05 p.m. | Interview 3 | Can Myanmar’s Rohingya Issue Block the Development of BIMSTEC? | Robin Ramcharan in Conversation with Sreeparna Banerjee 1:05 – 1:25 p.m. | Interview 4 | Maintaining Maritime Security: India’s Multilateral Measures | Sarabjeet Singh Parmar in Conversation with Sohini Bose 1:25 – 1:45 p.m. | Interview 5 | Prospect for Promoting Physical and Cultural Connectivity through Thailand | Anchalee Kongrut in Conversation with Sreeparna Banerjee 1:45 – 2:05 p.m. | Interview 6 | Food Security and BIMSTEC: Lessons from Sri Lanka's Smart Farming | Manoj Thibbotuwawa in Conversation with Aditya Gowdara Shivamurthy 2:05 – 2:25 p.m. | Interview 7 | The High Value, Low Volume Connectivity Prospects in Bhutan | Achyut Bhandari in Conversation with Sohini Nayak 2:25 – 2:45 p.m. | Interview 8 | BIMSTEC: A Viable Platform for a Prosperous Nepal | Ghanshyam Bhandari in Conversation with Aditya Gowdara Shivamurthy