Prime Minister Sushil Koirala is leaving for Myanmar on Sunday leading a Nepali delegation to the Third BIMSTEC Summit being held in Nay Pyi Taw, on March 4.
The delegation includes the Foreign Minister, the Foreign Policy Advisor to the Prime Minister, Officiating Foreign Secretary and other senior officials of the government.
The Prime Minister will address the summit which will be participated in by the Head of State/Government of the member states of BIMSTEC on March 4. Prior to the summit, a preparatory meeting takes place on March 1, senior officials meeting on March 2, and ministerial meeting on March 3, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated in a press release.
The summit and its related meetings will deliberate upon the various issues relating to the 14 priority areas identified under BIMSTEC cooperation, which include trade and investment, energy, poverty alleviation, transport and infrastructure, agriculture etc and will make some key decisions towards making the regional cooperation and collaboration more effective and productive. Nepal is a lead country in the area of poverty alleviation.
It is stated that during the summit, three agreements regarding the establishment of the BIMSTEC Permanent Secretariat, Centre for Weather and Climate, and Cultural Industries Commission and BIMSTEC Cultural Industries Observatory will be signed by the Foreign /External Affairs Ministers in presence of the Head of State/Governments. The summit will also endorse the nomination of Mr. Sumith Nakandala as the first Secretary General of the BIMSTEC Permanent Secretariat to be established in Dhaka, Bangladesh.
As per the system of alphabetical rotation and established practice, Nepal will assume the Chairmanship of BIMSTEC following the Third Summit. It will have to shoulder the responsibility of the fourth summit. As Nepal will also assume the Chairmanship of SAARC after the 18th SAARC summit to be held in Kathmandu, it will be an excellent opportunity for Nepal to demonstrate its capability in setting mission and vision for more effective regional cooperation for mutual benefits and contribute towards larger goals of regional integration, development and prosperity.
On the sidelines of the summit, the Prime Minister is also scheduled to meet with his counterparts from BIMSTEC member countries and renew and strengthen Nepal's relations with those countries at the highest levels.
The Prime Minister will also meet with the opposition leader of Myanmar, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi. Preceding the summit, a delegation led by the Foreign Minister will take part in the 14th BIMSTEC ministerial meeting to be held on March 3.