Counter-Terrorism and Transnational Crime

This Sector is led by India.
When the BIMSTEC was established in 1997, the leaders of the Member States advocated for peaceful and progressive development in the region. Subsequently the Leaders have identified the fight against terrorism and organized crime as one of the important prerequisite for sustainable growth and maintaining peace in the region.

The sector conducts its business through the Joint Working Group on Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crimes (CTTC). There are six Sub-Groups, each working on a specific aspect of CTTC cooperation, and they all report to the BIMSTEC Joint Working on CTTC.

  1.  Sub-Group on Narcotic Drugs, Psychotropic Substances and Precursor Chemicals (SGNDPSPC);
  2.  Sub-Group on Intelligence Sharing (SGIS);
  3. Sub-Group on Legal and Law Enforcement Issues (SGLLEI);
  4. Sub-Group on Anti- Money Laundering and Combating the Financing of Terrorism (SGAML-CFT);
  5. Sub-Group on Human Trafficking and Illegal Migration;
  6.  Sub-Group on the Cooperation on Countering Radicalization and Terrorism.

The Member States signed the BIMSTEC Convention on Cooperation in Combating International Terrorism, Transnational Organized Crime and Illicit Drug Trafficking in 2009. The Convention is awaiting ratification. Another legal instrument namely BIMSTEC Convention on Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters is awaiting signature by Member States. The proposed Convention on Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters includes, among others, the provision for taking measures to locate, freeze and forfeit or confiscate any funds or finances meant for the financing of all criminal acts in the territory of either party.

The first meeting of the BIMSTEC National Security Chiefs was held in New Delhi, India on 21st March 2017. The meeting emphasized developing common legal and institutional framework in the BIMSTEC region for countering terrorism and transnational crimes. The second meeting of the National Security Chiefs is proposed to be held in Dhaka, Bangladesh on 28 March 2018.

( updated on 12 February 2018)