Bhutan ob­serves BIMSTEC day

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Bhutan ob­served the 20th an­niver­sary of the Bay of Ben­gal Ini­tia­tives for Mul­tiSec­toral Tech­ni­cal and Eco­nomic Co­op­er­a­tion (BIMSTEC) by of­fer­ing but­ter lamps in the Sim­tokha Dzong on 6th June, 2017.

For­eign Min­is­ter Dam­cho Dorji and other dig­ni­taries from re­gional and in­ter­na­tional or­ga­ni­za­tions’ of­fices in Bhutan and gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials at­tended the but­ter lamp light­ing cer­e­mony.

Ad­dress­ing the gath­er­ing the min­is­ter said that BIMSTEC – Bay of Ben­gal Ini­tia­tive for Mul­tiSec­toral Tech­ni­cal and Eco­nomic Co­op­er­a­tion – has been in ex­is­tence for two decades now. As such, to­day is a his­toric day for BIMSTEC to cel­e­brate. This cel­e­bra­tion is also an oc­ca­sion to re­flect on the progress achieved in the last 20 years.

He said that BIMSTEC re­gion is home to 1.5 bil­lion peo­ple, about 22 per­cent of the global pop­u­la­tion with a com­mon his­tor­i­cal and cul­tural her­itage. BIMSTEC also has a com­bined GDP of $2.7 tril­lion. He com­mended that in the last five years, BIMSTEC Mem­ber States have been able to sus­tain an av­er­age eco­nomic growth rate of 6.5 per­cent. Our two decades of re­gional ex­pe­ri­ence has taught us that the path to achiev­ing our com­mon goal and as­pi­ra­tions is not with­out chal­lenges and set­backs.

“How­ever, these chal­lenges and set­backs must be over­come. In this, the nar­ra­tives of past suc­cesses and progress achieved serve as the moral com­pass to guide us in draw­ing strength and in­spi­ra­tion along our path to­ward achiev­ing re­gional pros­per­ity and well­be­ing in the long term. In that re­gard, Bhutan, as re­spon­si­ble and com­mit­ted mem­ber, will con­tinue to en­gage and sup­port BIMSTEC process in the years ahead.” The min­is­ter con­cluded.

Bhutan is the lead coun­try for Cul­tural Co­op­er­a­tion, and will be host­ing the BIMSTEC Cul­tural In­dus­tries Ob­ser­va­tory (BCIO).

BIMSTEC com­prises of seven Mem­ber States namely Bangladesh, Bhutan, In­dia, Myan­mar, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Thai­land.

“In that re­gard, Bhutan, as re­spon­si­ble and com­mit­ted mem­ber, will con­tinue to en­gage and sup­port BIMSTEC process in the years ahead.” Ly­onpo Dam­cho Dorji

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