Dhaka wants BIMSTEC having quicker and more intense engagement amongst the member states to bring out the best possible results for the mutual benefit.
State Minister for Foreign Affairs Shahriar Alam made the comment when newly appointed BIMSTEC Secretary General Tenzin Lekphell paid a courtesy call on him at the foreign ministry today.
He said it is imperative to forge more realistic partnership and shared endeavours to prosper together through exploitation of the full potentials of BIMSTEC (Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation).
The member states are Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka, and Thailand.
The state minister expressed his satisfaction on his appointment as the third secretary general of BIMSTEC nominated by Bhutan, the first country to recognise Bangladesh as an independent country.
Shahriar Alam expressed hope that the secretary general will be able to play a pivotal role as a bridge among member states for achieving goals through early conclusion and implementation of necessary agreements, MOUs and other required legal documents in these sectors to ensure overall development and wellbeing of the peoples of BIMSTEC region.
During the call, he stated that BIMSTEC region has huge prospects for economic cooperation since much of the potential is still unexplored and unexploited. He emphasised on the importance of making all entities of BIMSTEC Process fully functional and operational.
Shahriar Alam stated that Bangladesh, as the BIMSTEC lead country for Trade, Investment and Development, is strongly committed to strengthening BIMSTEC Cooperation in this important field and is pledge-bound to deepening relations with the member states.
Bangladesh has already taken necessary steps to build a new premise for the secretariat, he further added.
Tenzin Lekphell expressed his deep pleasure to commence his work in Bangladesh as the Secretary General of BIMSTEC and expressed his strong conviction to work for strengthening BIMSTEC by enhancing the level of cooperation amongst the member states.