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BIMSTEC should have UN-like provision for permanent representative: Bangladesh's High Commissioner to India tells WION

Syed Muazzem Ali Bangladesh's High Commissioner to India Photograph:( WION )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Jun 18, 2019, 07.12 PM (IST)

In the inaugural session of WION's brand new show WION World Order, three BIMSTEC ambassadors discussed a range of issues concerning the group. 

In an engaging discussing with Chutintorn Gongsakdi, Ambassador of Thailand, Austin Fernando, Sri Lankan High Commissioner to India and WION's Palki Sharma Upadhyay, Syed Muazzem Ali Bangladesh's High Commissioner to India said BIMSTEC should have a UN-like provision for permanent representative. 

"It will promote things which remain stagnant from one summit to another," Muazzem said, adding that good institutional support at this stage is important. 

"The BIMSTEC secretariat has been established in Dhaka in 2014, it has a secretary general and they are functioning properly. Maybe this secretariat will have to be strengthened," he stated. 

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"I have served at the UN for a long time and I would like to suggest, we must have a permanent representative kind of a mechanism so that member countries could also meet regularly at the secretariat in Dhaka and discuss various BIMSTEC issues from time to time. The same mechanism you have at the United Nations. If we have constant consultations at the secretariat at the high officials level, it will help us reach a political decision," he said.

Sri Lankan High Commissioner to India, Austin Fernando, agreed with Muazzem. "Institutionalisation is important. If you do not discuss, you will not go in for solutions," Fernando stated. 

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In an engaging discussion with WION's Palki Sharma Upadhyay, Syed Muazzem Ali Bangladesh's High Commissioner to India said BIMSTEC should have a UN-like provision for permanent representative.