Energy sector

Energy sector cooperation is led by Myanmar.

The objectives of the sector are to enhance energy cooperation among BIMSTEC Member States through the establishment of BIMSTEC Grid Interconnection program to expand energy trade among Member States and accelerate development of new hydro-power projects, interconnection of electricity and natural gas grids, implementation of viable renewable energy projects, and sharing of experiences, knowledge and information on energy efficiency programs.

This sector conducts its business through BIMSTEC Energy Ministers’ Meeting, Senior Officials Meeting on Energy (SOM-E) and Task Force/Expert Group Meetings. Energy Ministers are supposed to meet once every two years. SOM-E is supposed to meet at least once a year to follow up on energy sector related cooperation.

 A Task Force was established for setting up of BIMSTEC Energy Centre. The MOA on the Establishment of BIMSTEC Energy Centre was signed on 22 January 2011 in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar. The BIMSTEC Energy Centre is being hosted by India at Bengaluru.

A Task Force on Trans Power Exchange and Development Projects was also established to develop MOU for the establishment of BIMSTEC Grid Interconnection. The finalized text of the MOU is expected to be signed during the 3rd Energy Ministers’ Meeting scheduled to be held in Kathmandu, Nepal on 09 February 2018.

Energy Ministers’ Meeting

1st Energy Ministers’ Meeting: New Delhi, India, 04 October 2005

2nd Energy Ministers’ Meeting: Bangkok, Thailand, 05 March 2010

3rd Energy Ministers’ Meeting: Kathmandu, Nepal, 09 February 2018 (Proposed)

Senior Officials’ Meeting on Energy

1st Senior Officials’ Meeting on Energy: 03 October 2005

2nd Senior Officials’ Meeting on Energy: Bangkok, Thailand, 4 March 2010

3rd Senior Officials’ Meeting on Energy: New Delhi, India, 8 February 2011

4th   Senior Officials’ Meeting on Energy: Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar, 11-12 January 2017

5th Senior Officials’ Meeting on Energy: Kathmandu, Nepal, 08 February 2018 (Proposed)


1. Declaration of the First BIMSTEC Energy Minister’s Conference

2. Joint Ministerial Statement of the Second BIMSTEC Energy Minister’s  Meeting

(Last updated on January 4th, 2018)