BIMSTEC at its 20: Towards a Bay of Bengal Community


At Dhaka, Bangladesh


The Conference titled “BIMSTEC at its 20: Towards a Bay of Bengal Community” was held in BIMSTEC Secretariat, Dhaka on 20 March 2018. The conference was inaugurated by His Excellency Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali, MP, Hon’ble Foreign Minister, Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh. Members of Parliament,  High Commissioners/Ambassadors and  Diplomats from the BIMSTEC Member States at Dhaka,  Diplomats from other Embassies/High Commissions at Dhaka, representatives of various international organisations at Dhaka,  Government Officials,  Business leaders, Members of various Think Tanks, representatives of media, and other dignitaries from BIMSTEC Member States attended the Conference.


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Opening Ceremony :


Working Session :


Working Session I – Role of connectivity in BIMSTEC integration

Moderator: Dr. Sultan Hafeez Rahman, Executive Director, BRAC Institute of Governance and Development and former Director General, South Asia, ADB


Working Session II – Role of people-to-people contact in BIMSTEC integration

Moderator: Ambassador Muhammad Zamir, Chairman, Institute of Conflict, Law and Development Studies, Dhaka, Bangladesh


Working session III – Security cooperation in the Bay of Bengal region

Moderator: Ambassador Munshi Faiz Ahmad, Chairman, Board of Governors, Bangladesh Institute of International and Strategic Studies (BIISS)


Working Session IV – Economic Integration in the Bengal of Bengal region

Moderator: Professor Rehman Sobhan, Chairman, Centre for Policy Dialogue(CPD), Bangladesh


Concluding Session – Towards a Bay of Bengal Community

Special presentation:

  • Defining the Bay of Bengal Community – Ambassador Kobsak Chutikul, Secretary-General of the Asian Peace and Reconciliation Council, Thailand

Special address:

  • His Excellency Harsh Vardhan Shringla, High Commissioner of India and Special Guest
  • His Excellency Dr. Gowher Rizvi, Hon’ble Adviser to Hon’ble Prime Minister on International Affairs, Prime Minister’s Office and Chief Guest
  • Closing remarks by Ambassador M Shahidul Islam, Secretary General of BIMSTEC


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