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.
- Sub-Group on Narcotic Drugs, Psychotropic Substances and Precursor Chemicals (SGNDPSPC); [Lead Shepherd – Myanmar]
- Sub-Group on Intelligence Sharing (SGIS); [Lead Shepherd – Sri Lanka]
- Sub-Group on Legal and Law Enforcement Issues (SGLLEI); [Lead Shepherd -India ]
- Sub-Group on Anti- Money Laundering and Combating the Financing of Terrorism (SGAML-CFT); [Lead Shepherd -Thailand ]
- Sub-Group on Human Trafficking and Illegal Migration; [Lead Shepherd -Bangladesh ]
- Sub-Group on the Cooperation on Countering Radicalization and Terrorism. [Lead Shepherd – India ]
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.
( updated on 30 April 2018)