07 November, 2019
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Syllabus subtopic: Bilateral, regional and global groupings and agreements involving India and/or affecting India’s interests.
News: First ever ‘BIMSTEC Ports’ Conclave will be held at Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh.
Prelims and Mains focus: BIMSTEC- members, objectives, significance and need for reforms.
In an effort to integrate the region, the grouping was formed in 1997, originally with Bangladesh, India, Sri Lanka and Thailand, and later included Myanmar, Nepal and Bhutan.
BIMSTEC, which now includes five countries from South Asia and two from ASEAN, is a bridge between South Asia and Southeast Asia. It includes all the major countries of South Asia, except Maldives, Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Importance of the region
Source: The Hindu
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