Bangladesh-India-Myanmar-Sri Lanka-Thailand (plus Bhutan and Nepal) Economic Cooperation

  • 11-Aug-2017 Kathmandu Post
    BIMSTEC underlines early finalisation of free trade area accord

    The 18th session of Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) Senior Officials’ meeting has underlined the need of early finalisation of BIMSTEC free trade area agreement.

  • 8-Aug-2017 Himalayan Times
    15th BIMSTEC ministerial meeting in Kathmandu on Aug 11

    The 15th BIMSTEC ministerial meeting is going be held in Kathmandu on 11 August.

  • 7-Aug-2017 Financial Express
    India-Thailand difference delaying FTA under BIMSTEC

    Difference between India and Thailand over market access is one of the main reasons why the FTA under BIMSTEC remained stalled during last couple of years.

  • 22-Jul-2016 Financial Express
    India must work closely with BIMSTEC on trade push: Assocham

    India should work closely with BIMSTEC, a seven-nation grouping, to conclude trade negotiations and attempt early operationalising of the Bay of Bengal free trade agreement to give a big push to trade in the region, industry body Assocham said.

  • 22-Feb-2016 Live Mint
    India softens stance on Bay of Bengal free trade agreement

    Softening its earlier stand, India has decided to conclude a low-ambition free trade agreement with the seven-nation grouping Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation, or Bimstec.

  • 20-Sep-2015
    Wither BIMSTEC FTA

    Members of the Trade Negotiating Committee of the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC), a regional bloc of Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka, and Thailand, are going to meet in Bangkok between 7-9, September 2015, for working on a functional Free Trade Agreement (FTA) among member countries.

  • 13-Jan-2015 BD News 24
    2015 can be a ‘game-changer’ for BIMSTEC

    Bangladesh hopes that the much-expected BIMSTEC FTA (between Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Thailand) will be finalised this year.

  • 7-Mar-2014 DNA
    Failure to launch

    Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation’s lack of concrete achievement points to the need for greater political will and clarity of purpose

  • 4-Mar-2014
    Let us seal FTA early, Prime Minister tells regional club

    Urging the seven-member BIMSTEC grouping to fast-track trade and economic cooperation, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Tuesday called for “early conclusion” of the BIMSTEC Free Trade Agreement and said it should be extended to investment and services.

  • 4-Mar-2014 PTI
    BIMSTEC leaders today resolved to expeditiously

    BIMSTEC leaders today resolved to expeditiously conclude an agreement on trade in goods to promote commerce among member nations India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Myanmar, Bhutan and Nepal.

  • 17-Nov-2013 Business Standard
    Now, India eyeing Mekong-India Economic Corridor

    The idea of a Mekong-India Economic Corridor — a network of land and sea infrastructure connecting India, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam — is gaining traction with the upcoming signing of the India-ASEAN services and investment deal.

  • 7-May-2013
    Call to boost NE-SE Asia links

    The long forgotten traditional links including the historic Stilwell Road connecting the North-east and the neighbouring countries have emerged as critical to connecting South Asia and Southeast Asia.

  • 28-May-2012
    India, Myanmar agree to step up trade & economic ties, fight terrorism

    New Delhi/India today extended a $ 500 million line of credit to the Government of Myanmar as the two countries signed 12 agreements for cooperation in various areas and agreed on a vision for the future in the pursuit of the common good - bilaterally, regionally and globally.

  • 21-May-2012
    Among Neighbours - How to energize India’s Look East policy

    India has traditionally looked West for trade, investment, and economic cooperation. But since the late 1990s, trade policy rightly focused on the Look East policy, and recognized that India needs to become integrated into the cross-border production and trade networks in Asia. The immediate attention was towards South Asian integration. But since the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation and the South Asian Free Trade Area remained just on paper on account of the yet unresolved differences between India and Pakistan, the government simultaneously initiated trade agreements with Southeast Asia.

  • 29-Aug-2011
    India’s Myanmar Approach: Some General Observations

    This article is based on the author’s visit to Manipur and the observations expressed are gathered from the formal and informal interactions with people working on Indo-Myanmar issues from long time.

  • 8-Mar-2011
    BIMSTEC free trade area from July next year

    The BIMSTEC member countries have decided to establish a free trade area (FTA) for transaction in goods from July next year. If established, the FTA would be two years behind its original deadline, trade official said.

  • 25-Feb-2011 PTI
    Thailand to push for FTA with Bimstec members by July

    Thailand today said it will push for the conclusion of a free trade agreement with India and other members of Bimstec by July, enabling tariff reduction next year.

  • 8-Jun-2009 ToI
    India seals free-trade pact with Thailand

    India took its trade diplomacy up several notches with negotiators wrapping up a free trade deal in goods with other BIMSTEC countries, ie. Thailand, Myanmar, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Bhutan and Nepal.

  • 13-Nov-2008
    Manmohan pitches for early conclusion of BIMSTEC trade pact

    Pitching for early conclusion of the BIMSTEC Free Trade Agreement, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Thursday said countries in Asia should give a new strategic thrust to the cooperation in the backdrop of global financial crisis.

  • 13-Nov-2008
    Bimstec Free Trade Agreement on anvil

    A Free Trade Agreement (FTA) amongst Bimstec region is in the pipeline, according to Mr Yogendra Kumar, additional secretary, ministry of external affairs.

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