History of BIMSTEC

BIMSTEC was established on 6 June 1997 with the signing of the Bangkok Declaration of which Thailand is one of the founding members. Currently, BIMSTEC comprises seven Member States, namely Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka, and Thailand, all of which share common economy and culture as well as close ties with one another through trade, culture, and relations among people for centuries. Given these ties, BIMSTEC has been able to sustain its economic growth for over 25 years. Due to its geographical advantage, BIMSTEC has a strong potential of becoming one of the global economic and technological hubs. BIMSTEC has seven sectors of cooperation :
1) Trade, Investment and Development
2) Environment and Climate Change
3) Security
4) Agriculture and Food Security
5) People-to-People Contact
6) Science, Technology and Innovation
7) Connectivity.

<li><span>Establishment of BIMSTEC in Bangkok</span>
<li><span>Myanmar joined BIMSTEC</span></li>

BIMSTEC's Journey


  • Establishment of BIMSTEC in Bangkok
  • Myanmar joined BIMSTEC


  • The 1st BIMSTEC Summit (31 July 2004 in Bangkok, Thailand)
  • Negotiation of BIMSTEC FTA Framework Agreement
  • Bhutan and Nepal joined BIMSTEC


  • The 2nd BIMSTEC Summit (13 November 2008 in New Delhi, India)
  • Setting up BIMSTEC Network of National Centres of Coordination in Traditional Medicine


  • BIMSTEC Convention on Cooperation in Combating International Terrorism, Transnational Organized Crime and Illicit Drug Trafficking, 2009


  • The 3rd BIMSTEC Summit (4 March 2014 in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar)
  • Establishment of BIMSTEC Secretariat in Dhaka, Bangladesh


  • The 4th BIMSTEC Summit (30-31 August 2018 in Kathmandu, Nepal)
  • Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for Establishment of the BIMSTEC Grid Interconnection


  • The 5th BIMSTEC Summit 30 March 2022 in Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • BIMSTEC Charter
  • BIMSTEC Master Plan for Transport Connectivity
  • BIMSTEC Convention on Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters
  • Memorandum of Association on the Establishment of BIMSTEC Technology Transfer Facility : TTF
  • Rationalization of BIMSTEC cooperation sectors from 14 to 7 sectors


  • The 6th BIMSTEC Summit in Thailand, 2023
  • BIMSTEC Vision 2030