Bhutan observes BIMSTEC day
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