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BIMSTEC a unique organisation: Professor and Ambassador Veena Sikri

Professor and Ambassador Veena Sikri. Photograph:( Others )

WION New Delhi, Delhi, India Jun 17, 2019, 06.14 PM (IST)

The Modi government has renewed its focus on the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation or BIMSTEC. This was underlined by the presence of BIMSTEC leaders at the swearing-in ceremony of Prime Minister Narendra Modi last month.

Calling BIMSTEC a bridge organisation, Professor & Ambassador Veena Sikri says, "BIMSTEC is a unique organisation. A large number of countries are based along the Bay of Bengal and their cooperation is required for the stability of the region."

Professor Sikri will be one of the esteemed panellists at WION World Order, our new platform for a dialogue on foreign policy and politics. The panel will discuss creating shared value and consolidating economic integration of BIMSTEC countries under the theme BIMSTEC: One Bay, One Belief - Shared Prosperity.

Founded in 1997, BIMSTEC currently represents over 1.5 billion people and having a combined gross domestic product of US $2.7 trillion.

WION World Order, the monthly event, will look at various groupings like ASEAN, G-20, SCO, and the impact they have created over the years. The focus will, of course, be on India's position in these groups and how much they have been able to create shared prosperity.

Given the geo-strategic importance of the South Asian region and relationships amongst the countries in the region, the event will showcase India's commitment and push for strong relations with member countries of the group.