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ISAS-COSATT-KAS Workshop: "BIMSTEC at 20: Priorities and Prospects"

Institute of South Asian Studies (ISAS), National University of Singapore

Monday, 24 September 2018 from 10:30 to 17:45 (Singapore Standard Time Singapore Time)

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PROGRAMME (10.30am - 5.45pm)

(Registration starts at 10.00am)

*Please note that the programme is not final. It may be subject to changes.

Registration and Tea/Coffee

Welcome Address
Dr Amitendu Palit  
Senior Research Fellow and
Research Lead (Trade and Economics)
Institute of South Asian Studies, NUS

Remarks
Dr Nishchal N Pandey
Director, Centre for South Asian Studies, Kathmandu; and
Convenor, Consortium of South Asian Think Tanks

Remarks
Mr Christian Echle
Director, Regional Programme Political Dialogue Asia
Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, Singapore

Keynote Address
Ambassador M Shahidul Islam
Secretary General
BIMSTEC

Special Address
Ambassador Ong Keng Yong
Executive Deputy Chairman
S Rajaratnam School of International Studies
Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Question and Answer Session

Moderated By:
Dr Amitendu Palit  
Senior Research Fellow and
Research Lead (Trade and Economics)
Institute of South Asian Studies, NUS

Lunch Reception

Panel I: BIMSTEC – Country Perspective


Chairperson
Major General A K M Abdur Rahman
Director General
Bangladesh Institute of International and Strategic Studies
Dhaka, Bangladesh

Panellists

India
Ambassador Biren Nanda
Senior Fellow
Delhi Policy Group, India

Nepal
Mr Kamal Thapa
Former Deputy Prime Minister and
Former Minister of Foreign Affairs
Nepal

Sri Lanka
Mr Asanga Abeyagoonasekera
Director General
Institute of National Security Studies of Sri Lanka

Question and Answer Session

Tea Break

Panel II: BIMSTEC – Country Perspective


Chairperson
Major General A N M Muniruzzaman (Retd)
President
Bangladesh Institute of Peace and Security Studies
Dhaka, Bangladesh

Panellists

Bangladesh
Mr Faiz Sobhan
Senior Research Director
Bangladesh Enterprise Institute
Dhaka, Bangladesh

Myanmar
Professor Nu Nu Lwin
Department of Management Studies
Yangon University of Economics, Myanmar

Thailand
Dr Sathaporn Opasanon
Department of International Business, Logistics and Transport
Thammasat University, Thailand

Question and Answer Session

Concluding Remarks
Dr Nishchal N Pandey
Director, Centre for South Asian Studies, Kathmandu; and
Convenor, Consortium of South Asian Think Tanks

End of Workshop

About the Workshop

Beginning with Bangladesh, India, Sri Lanka and Thailand in 1997, the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) expanded to its present form in 2004 by including Myanmar, Nepal and Bhutan

A unique cross-regional grouping between South Asia and Southeast Asia, comprising countries from both regions on the rim of the Bay of Bengal, BIMSTEC was motivated by individual necessities. For South Asian countries like India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, BIMSTEC offered opportunities for closer engagement eastward with Southeast Asia, while for Thailand and Myanmar, the grouping enabled access to South Asia. Smaller landlocked South Asian members like Nepal and Bhutan that are geographically proximate to Southeast Asia can also benefit significantly from the economic and political opportunities produced by BIMSTEC. It is, however, unfortunate that, notwithstanding its existence for two decades, BIMSTEC has hardly delivered on its potential and expectations. This is evident from the BIMSTEC Summit, the highest decision-making body of the group, having met only thrice in two decades. The fourth BIMSTEC Summit took place from 28 to 31 August 2018.

This workshop will examine the key discussions at the recently-concluded BIMSTEC Summit such as cooperation among member states in energy transactions, transport movements, combating terrorism and cross-border crimes. It will assess BIMSTEC’s current priorities and successes, as well as examine the challenges it faces. It will also seek answers on the path forward for BIMSTEC by gathering the perspectives of the member countries.

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UNDP Auditorium
Level 8, Block A
29 Heng Mui Keng Terrace
Singapore 119620
Singapore

Monday, 24 September 2018 from 10:30 to 17:45 (Singapore Standard Time Singapore Time)


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Institute of South Asian Studies (ISAS), National University of Singapore

The Institute of South Asian Studies (ISAS) is an autonomous research institute at National University of Singapore. The establishment of ISAS reflects the increasing economic and political importance of South Asia, and the strong historical links between South Asia and Southeast Asia. ISAS is dedicated to research on contemporary South Asia. The Institute seeks to promote understanding of the region, and to communicate the knowledge and insights about it to policymakers, the business community, academia and civil society, in Singapore and beyond.

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