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BIMSTEC and climate change: Setting a common agenda
Oct 18, 2017

BIMSTEC and climate change: Setting a common agenda

The BIMSTEC region is among the most vulnerable in the world from increased threat due to climate change. In the foreseeable future, climate change is projected to affect each BIMSTEC member country with greater severity and frequency, thereby impeding their response capacity significantly. This brief explores the vulnerability of the region from climate change and the BIMSTEC-level initiatives that have taken place to address the issue. Although

BIMSTEC and Disaster Management: Future Prospects for Regional Cooperation
May 24, 2023

BIMSTEC and Disaster Management: Future Prospects for Regional Cooperation

The Bay of Bengal is highly prone to extreme weather events, many of which result in massive disaster. The sub-regional grouping, BIMSTEC (Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral and Technical Cooperation), took a long time to begin nurturing their collective capabilities in disaster mitigation. It was only after the Indian Ocean tsunami of 2004, which caused overwhelming devastation in the region, that BIMSTEC identified the area of ‘Envir

BIMSTEC and Japan: Exploring prospects for renewed cooperation
Aug 20, 2023

BIMSTEC and Japan: Exploring prospects for renewed cooperation

As the Bay of Bengal region continues to rise as an economic and strategic hub, there is increasing awareness of the role to be played by the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) in promoting growth, development and stability in the region. Having kept a low profile in its 20 years of existence, BIMSTEC is now being seen as a potential driver of integration between South Asia and Southeast As

BIMSTEC and regional security
Jan 15, 2021

BIMSTEC and regional security

Seen against the backdrop of geopolitical rivalries — and the lack of a common strategic vision among BIMSTEC members — it is hardly surprising th

BIMSTEC and the fate of multilateralism
Jan 10, 2023

BIMSTEC and the fate of multilateralism

Despite being a grouping that has members from what is frequently referred to as the least integrated region in the world, BIMSTEC continues to show i

BIMSTEC and the fourth industrial revolution: The role of technology in regional development
May 24, 2023

BIMSTEC and the fourth industrial revolution: The role of technology in regional development

After a hiatus of almost two decades, the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) appears poised to once again assume significance in regional affairs. The renewed vigour has already resulted in a fresh agreement on tangible areas of cooperation and ways of resuscitating the organisation. This brief examines the role that will be played by technology and digital skilling in BIMSTEC’s goals toward

BIMSTEC cooperation on trade: How to ensure incremental growth in intra-regional trade?
Jan 18, 2021

BIMSTEC cooperation on trade: How to ensure incremental growth in intra-regional trade?

BIMSTEC should pursue not only signing an FTA, but also interconnected agreements — including trade facilitation and cross-border connectivity.

BIMSTEC imperatives: Food security and energising trade
Jun 07, 2023

BIMSTEC imperatives: Food security and energising trade

India can advance solutions and drive international consensus on critical issues related to priority sectors such as food and energy in the Bay of Ben

BIMSTEC in 2022: A search for relevance
Mar 29, 2022

BIMSTEC in 2022: A search for relevance

The changing dynamics of the world order could provide BIMSTEC the opportunity to expand beyond the South Asian region

BIMSTEC into the mainstream: The role of the media
May 12, 2023

BIMSTEC into the mainstream: The role of the media

This brief is an experienced journalist’s view of how the media should regard the relevance of BIMSTEC, or the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation; and, in turn, how BIMSTEC can utilise the media in making its issues known to the public and the policymakers, in its immediate region and beyond. The brief argues that if BIMSTEC is to become an effective forum for regional cooperation, it should be more o

BIMSTEC on the Cusp: Regional Security in Focus
Aug 16, 2023

BIMSTEC on the Cusp: Regional Security in Focus

The Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) is standing on the threshold of a new inning, as it marks its 25th year in 2022. The past months have been momentous for BIMSTEC, as it adopted a charter at the fifth Summit Meeting in March to outline a clearer purpose for the organisation. During the summit, BIMSTEC rationalised its 14 diverse sectors of cooperation into seven core areas of inte

BIMSTEC आणि बहुपक्षीयतेचे भवितव्य
Aug 26, 2023

BIMSTEC आणि बहुपक्षीयतेचे भवितव्य

जगातील सर्वात कमी समाकलित प्रदेश म्हणून संबोधल्या जाणार्‍या गटातील सदस्य असूनही, बिमस्टेकने इरादा दाखवणे सुरूच ठेवले आहे.

BIMSTEC कारगर हो, इसलिए BBIN को दुरुस्त कीजिए
Sep 01, 2018

BIMSTEC कारगर हो, इसलिए BBIN को दुरुस्त कीजिए

अगर BBIN पर अमल कामयाब रहता है तो भारत के पास BIMSTEC में काम करने �

BIMSTEC देशांच्या सुरक्षेबद्दल सहकार्य : सागरी क्षेत्राच्या सुरक्षितची जागृती
Apr 22, 2023

BIMSTEC देशांच्या सुरक्षेबद्दल सहकार्य : सागरी क्षेत्राच्या सुरक्षितची जागृती

बंगालच्या उपसागरामध्ये सुरक्षेच्या समस्या उद्भवल्यामुळे एकूणच सागरी क्षेत्राच्या सुरक्षिततेबद्दल जागृती निर्माण करण्याची आवश्यकता निर्माण झाली आहे.

BIMSTEC शिखर सम्‍मेलन में समुद्री सुरक्षा पर फोकस!
Sep 01, 2018

BIMSTEC शिखर सम्‍मेलन में समुद्री सुरक्षा पर फोकस!

राष्ट्रीय सुरक्षा प्रमुखों ने विभिन्न क्षेत्रों में सह�

BIMSTEC-FTA: A new hope for enhanced regional trade
Sep 19, 2017

BIMSTEC-FTA: A new hope for enhanced regional trade

The Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) has gained more importance recently because of the many hurdles that have come in the way of the South Asian Free Trade Agreement (SAFTA) since 2016, mainly due to issues between India and Pakistan. This brief explores the possibilities of stronger trade and investment ties between the BIMSTEC nations by expediting the signing of a Free Trade Agreement (F

BIMSTEC: A call for robust institutionalisation
Jun 07, 2023

BIMSTEC: A call for robust institutionalisation

BIMSTEC’s recent initiatives of strengthening institutional mechanisms are indeed a start but the road ahead is long if not arduous

BIMSTEC: Overcoming inertia to serve as a truly strategic platform
Sep 08, 2017

BIMSTEC: Overcoming inertia to serve as a truly strategic platform

Two decades since its inception, the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) has yet to truly succeed as an instrument of regional integration. The primary reason for the group’s slow progress is general inertia, or lack of interest amongst its members. There have also been more pressing national and regional issues that have overtaken the group’s development. This is set to change under the im

BIMSTEC: Rediscovering old routes to connectivity
Dec 04, 2017

BIMSTEC: Rediscovering old routes to connectivity

As BIMSTEC pushes for transport connectivity, it stands to gain from other, complementary transport connectivity projects that are emerging in the region. BIMSTEC can also take advantage of extant policy designs, and aligning its projects with the various national, bilateral and multilateral projects either ongoing or being planned. Given India’s key role in BIMSTEC — owing not only to its geographical location but also its capabilities — i

24th BIMSTEC party in Bangkok
Jan 15, 2021

24th BIMSTEC party in Bangkok

The mature will have to build a new bridge and reach out to the younger and more energetic forces in the grouping.

A digital direction for BIMSTEC
Oct 05, 2017

A digital direction for BIMSTEC

The Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) was formed to foster socio-economic cooperation between its seven member nations – India, Bhutan, Myanmar, Thailand, Bangladesh, Nepal, and Sri Lanka. The group signed a free trade agreement (FTA) in 2004, but the pact is still not operational due to the lack of consensus on certain key issues. Some members like India are keen to finalise the terms of t

A new year for India and Nepal: Can BIMSTEC be the key?
Jan 20, 2022

A new year for India and Nepal: Can BIMSTEC be the key?

Can Nepal and India move beyond the hurdles of the past by focusing on new avenues of cooperation in BIMSTEC?

Brand Bhutan and tourism in BIMSTEC
Jan 15, 2021

Brand Bhutan and tourism in BIMSTEC

The ‘high-value, low volume’ tourism policy ensures that the number of tourists arriving is consistent with the absorptive carrying capacity of th

Breathing new life into BIMSTEC: Challenges and imperatives
Apr 27, 2020

Breathing new life into BIMSTEC: Challenges and imperatives

This paper explores the various opportunities and challenges of the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation or BIMSTEC, a unique inter-regional grouping composed of aspiring member countries from South Asia and Southeast Asia. While the grouping has massive potential to contribute to regional cooperation, this paper explores the capabilities of the organisation in terms of meeting the expectations of renewed

Building a BIMSTEC agenda for counterterrorism
Nov 28, 2017

Building a BIMSTEC agenda for counterterrorism

Member states of the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) continue to grapple with a host of security issues, including the burgeoning ISIS threat and the humanitarian crisis in Myanmar. In the recent months, the region has witnessed the immense social, political, economic and geo-strategic implications of terrorism and displacement. BIMSTEC’s counterterrorism initiatives must therefore be scr

Can Rohingya issue block the development of BIMSTEC?
Jan 15, 2021

Can Rohingya issue block the development of BIMSTEC?

The continuing Rohingya crisis has shown how little the subregion is equipped to deal with such a movement of displaced people from one member state t

Climate Change and Sea-Level Rise in the BIMSTEC Region: Towards a Suitable Response
May 11, 2023

Climate Change and Sea-Level Rise in the BIMSTEC Region: Towards a Suitable Response

Global warming threatens lives and livelihoods across the Bay of Bengal region. With about nine million people living in low-lying coastal areas in these littoral countries, it is important to understand the changes in key climate variables in the region—primary of which is sea-level rise—and examine the states’ response measures. This brief describes the strategies being taken by countries of the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral

Connect East: Explaining India’s BIMSTEC focus
Jan 15, 2021

Connect East: Explaining India’s BIMSTEC focus

India’s growing interest in BIMSTEC reflects a geo-economic priority to correct the exceptional connectivity gap that continues to divide the Bay of

Cooperation sans ambiguity: Can BIMSTEC ride the strategic tide in the Bay of Bengal?
Dec 28, 2020

Cooperation sans ambiguity: Can BIMSTEC ride the strategic tide in the Bay of Bengal?

The concerns identified by BIMSTEC reveal that the organisation restricts itself to engaging in only those security challenges which are non-state cen

COVID19 and the Changing Geopolitical Order: Challenges to BIMSTEC
Feb 05, 2021

COVID19 and the Changing Geopolitical Order: Challenges to BIMSTEC

This brief explores the post-COVID-19 geopolitical order and the challenges facing BIMSTEC in meeting the most pressing needs of its member countries. It argues that strengthening regional organisations such as BIMSTEC will add weight to the counterbalancing of China that is underway. The brief calls on BIMSTEC to shift its priority to sectors like Connectivity, Counterterrorism and Transnational Crimes, as well as upgrading Human Resource, for b

COVID19 preparedness and response: Learning lessons for BIMSTEC
Apr 01, 2020

COVID19 preparedness and response: Learning lessons for BIMSTEC

ASEAN presents a very bright instance of how to deal with the situation that holds within itself the potential of being a great example for BIMSTEC.

Disasters without borders: Strengthening BIMSTEC cooperation in humanitarian assistance
Nov 08, 2017

Disasters without borders: Strengthening BIMSTEC cooperation in humanitarian assistance

This brief seeks to understand the importance of Humanitarian Aid and Disaster Relief (HADR) initiatives in the Bay of Bengal undertaken by the BIMSTEC countries individually, and the dynamics of their collaboration as a subregional forum. It opens with an analysis of the turbulent nature of the Bay of Bengal, because of which disaster management gains paramount importance for the littoral states. The aim is to understand the BIMSTEC countries’

Driving connectivity: Bridging gaps in BIMSTEC's transportation Master Plan
Jun 09, 2023

Driving connectivity: Bridging gaps in BIMSTEC's transportation Master Plan

The challenges that are impeding the BIMSTEC transport connectivity projects need to be addressed to foster seamless connectivity among the member sta

East Africa and BIMSTEC: Aligning private sector to public health goals
Apr 08, 2019

East Africa and BIMSTEC: Aligning private sector to public health goals

Bringing Universal Health Coverage centre-stage will prove too ambitious for many countries without co-opting the private sector.