FM Mahat for establishing transport connectivity linking BIMSTEC members

KATHMANDU, Feb. 7 (Xinhua) — Nepalese Minister for Foreign Affairs, Prakash Sharan Mahat, on Tuesday, stressed on establishing transport connectivity linking members of the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) in order to enhance economic and technical cooperation in the Asia region.

The Nepalese minister made such remarks during a meeting with senior officials from the BIMSTEC member states here in Kathmandu.

“Establishment of the transport connectivity linking the BIMSTEC member states will play a crucial role in the field of socio-economic development making the people-to-people contacts stronger in this region,” Minister Mahat told the senior officials from the BIMSTEC member states namely Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Bhutan and Nepal.

Mahat was of the view that BIMSTEC member states can establish inter-country transmission lines to strengthen their energy cooperation in near future.

On the occasion, the minister said that his government is making preparations to hold the fourth BIMSTEC Summit in Nepal within coming May.

Nepal is incumbent chair of the BIMSTEC established in 1997 through the Bangkok Declaration.

The BIMSTEC is a regional body in South Asia that works on 14 sectors including trade and investment, technology, energy, transportation and communication. Enditem

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