Need of developing BIMSTEC Charter: Myint

Kathmandu, Aug 30 – President of Myanmar U Win Myint has underlined the need of formulating the rules of procedure of the BIMSTEC institutional mechanisms, developing BIMSTEC Charter and rationalization of BIMSTEC existing cooperation areas.
Addressing the 4th BIMSTEC Summit undergoing here Thursday, President Myint expressed Myanmar’s strong commitment to strengthen BIMSTEC cooperation towards peaceful, prosperous and sustainable Bay of Bengal region.
“Since the third BIMSTEC Summit held in Nay Pyi Taw in 2014, BIMSTEC made considerable progress especially the establishment of BIMSTEC Permanent Secretariat in Dhaka,” he said, informing that Myanmar as a Lead country of Agriculture sector would host first BIMSTEC Ministerial Meeting on Agriculture in Myanmar in 2019.
He also mentioned that MoU for the Establishment of the BIMSTEC Grid Interconnection which will be signed during this summit would serve a framework for trade in electricity across the region.
Moreover, the Myanmar President also underscored the importance of the BIMSTEC national security chiefs meeting which provides platform for strategic dialogue and practical cooperation in the BIMSTEC counter terrorism sector.

President’s emphasis to ensure more right to women

President Bidya Devi Bhandari has said that the member states of the BIMSTEC should focus on progression that gives quality, clear and direct impact on the life of the people though common efforts.
Addressing heads of state and government of the Bay of Bengal Multi-sectoral Initiative for Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) member states here today, she expressed the confidence that the summit would be successful in further promoting mutual friendship, unity, understanding and mutual cooperation.

The arrival of heads of state/governments of BIMSTEC countries have excited and dignified Nepali people, she said, adding, “BIMSTEC has been established as a shared identity of all of us. It is a source of historical, social and cultural identity and civilization”.

With the passage of two decades long journey, the BIMSTEC countries have witnessed enhanced level of mutual cooperation and collaboration. “There are high expectations from the people of Nepal towards BIMSTEC. Our people have started cherishing a sweet dream of prosperity under the shared roof of BIMSTEC”.

In order to materialize the dream, the member states should take strides by further enhancing cordial unity, collaboration and mutual cooperation, she added.

The Head of the State urged the member states to prepare a clear action plan to forward the projects of trade, investment, energy, tourism after properly utilizing the resources of the respective countries. She also opined for connecting the region through air, water and land routes along with the information technology.
She focused on eradicating poverty and illiteracy from the region after investing in education, health and other infrastructures sectors.
President Bhandari stressed on lessening the impact of climate change as it was seen as a common challenge in the region. She said that all should prepare environment conducive to handover a green earth to the next generation.
On another note, she called for a focus on ending violence against women and empowering women representation in all sectors.
Also present on the occasion were, Vice President Nanda Bahadur Pun, Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli among other VVIPs.

BIMSTEC highlighting Buddhism

By Krishna Raj Gautam/RSS
Kathmandu, Aug 30 – A special importance of the birth place of Lord Buddha has been reflected in the 4th BIMSTEC summit that began here today. While delivering the speech as the chair country of the sub-regional organization, Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli mentioned ‘I welcome all to the birth place of Lord Buddha.’
Similarly, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi shared to organize international Buddhist conference among the BIMSTEC member states in 2020. He also prioritized the Buddhist philosophy expressing commitment to developing the Nalanda University as the centre for study of languages and cultures of BIMSTEC states. The university is famous for study of Buddhist culture and philosophy.
President of the Myanmar Win Myint reached the Buddha’s birth place Lumbini and offered worship to lord Buddha. With these all remarks and gratitude shown towards Nepal as the birth place of Buddha is expected to promote religious tourism in the country. Buddhism counts for 88 per cent of the population in Myanmar, 75 per cent in Thailand and around 90 per cent in Sri Lanka.
Foreign Minister of Myanmar Aung San Suu Kyi had met her religious teacher Dhammawati of Shreegh Bihar of Nghal in Kathmandu during her last Nepal visit in 2004. She had also visited Lumbini then.
Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena is scheduled to visit Lumbini on September 1 and will visit Dhando Stupa on September 2. According to Charumati Buddhist Mission Nepal chair Monk Tapassi Dhamma, they were making preparation to hand over a replica of the Stupa while felicitating the Sri Lankan President the same day.
Similarly, Swayambhu based Aanadakuti Bihar has been making preparations for President Maithripala Sirisena’s visit to the Bihar, which was renovated with the financial support of Sri Lanka.
The government of Nepal targets to attract more tourists to the birthplace of Lord Buddha through this international summit forum, as the country marks 2020 as Visit Nepal Year.


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