Print Edition - 2014-09-17 | Nation
PM Koirala stresses greater connectivity in Bimstec region
Sep 16, 2014-
Sumith Nakandala, the first Secretary General of Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectroral Technical and Economic Cooperation (Bimstec), paid a courtesy call on Prime Minister Sushil Koirala on Tuesday.
During the meeting, matters related to mutual cooperation and coordination among the member states, institutional development of the Bimstec, relations and coordination between Bimstec and another regional bloc such as Saarc were discussed, according to a press statement issued by the PM’s private secretariat.
Nakandala also apprised the PM about the recently established Bimstec upon the assistance of Bangladeshi government which is fully modern with state-of-the-art facilities and equipped with all the necessary instruments. In the meeting, PM Koirala said that Bimstec nations are rich in natural resources and if member states are to expand mutual cooperation, it will greatly contribute towards changing the lives of this region.
“Only democracy, peace and political stability can bring prosperity,” said the PM, adding that the huge tourism potential in the region can be tapped by connecting the countries in the region by air and road networks. The PM also gave emphasis on people-to-people contact. In response, Nakandala hoped that forthcoming 18th Saarc Summit in Kathmandu would help to strengthen the ties in the region.
A seasoned diplomat from Sri Lanka, Nakandala was appointed the Secretary General of Bimstec on March 4.Nepal is the chair of the Bimstec and PM Koirala leads the regional bloc at present. The Bimstec Secretariat has been set up in Dhaka, Bangladesh.
Published: 17-09-2014 09:11