BIMSTEC Priority Sectors
Six priority sectors of cooperation were identified at the 2nd Ministerial Meeting in Dhaka on 19 November 1998. They include the followings:
After the 8th Ministerial Meeting in Dhaka on 18-19 December 2005, a number of new areas of cooperation emerged. The number of priority sectors of cooperation increased from 6 to 13. The 7 new sectors were discussed in the 1st BIMSTEC Summit and there has been various activities to enhance those co-operations ever since.The sectors are as follows;
- Public Health
- Poverty Alleviation
- Counter-Terrorism & Transnational Crime
- Environment & Natural Disaster Management
- People-to-People Contact
The thirteenth Session of the BIMSTEC Senior Officials' Meeting recommended the inclusion of Climate Change as the 14th priority area of cooperation. The eleventh BIMSTEC Ministerial Meeting held in New Delhi in November 2008 endorsed this recommendation.
- Climate Change
|1. Trade & Investment/Sub-sector||Bangladesh|
|2. Technology/Sub-sector||Sri Lanka|
|4. Transportation & Communication/Sub-sector||India|
|8. Cultural Cooperation/Sub-sector||Bhutan|
|9. Environment and Disaster Management/Sub-sector||India|
|10. Public Health/Sub-sector||Thailand|
|11. People-to-People Contact/Sub-sector||Thailand|
|12. Poverty Alleviation/Sub-sector||Nepal|
|13. Counter-Terrorism and Transnational Crime/Sub-sector||India|
|14. Climate Change||Bangladesh|
Roles and Functions of Lead Country
- Where sub-sectors have been identified, the designated Chair Countries will seek to identify specific projects for facilitating cooperation.
- The Chair Country will function in consultation with an Expert Group drawn from member countries.
- The Chair Country will chair and coordinate the work of the Expert Group, and perform secretarial functions if the Expert Group in such a way as to ensure the satisfactory and successful implementation of the projects and to monitor the progress of the work.
- The members of the Expert Group will be in regular contact through correspondence, fax, e-mail, etc. and will meet whenever deemed necessary.
- The Expert Group will coordinate, monitor and review progress in projects being implemented and will report on the same to the Sectoral Committee.
- The Expert Group may invite such representatives from the public/private sector and regional/international organizations to its meetings whenever deemed appropriate.
- The sub-sector Chair Country position will rotate between members every three years.