Special Meeting of the BIMSTEC Permanent Working Committee

On 21 – 22 December 2022, Miss Rujikorn Saengchantr, Deputy Director-General of Department of International Economic Affairs, chaired the Special Meeting of the BIMSTEC Permanent Working Committee (S-BPWC) in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The Meeting discussed ways to strengthen and enhance the standard of practices of BIMSTEC as the rule-based subregional cooperation framework. The meeting successfully concluded three key documents including: 1) Rules of Procedure (RoP) for Core BIMSTEC Mechanisms 2) Rules of Procedure for Sectoral BIMSTEC Mechanisms and 3) Draft Terms of Reference for Eminent Persons’ Group on the Future Directions of BIMSTEC, all of which will serve as a foundation for future BIMSTEC cooperation as well as strengthen BIMSTEC as the only international cooperation binding South Asia and Southeast Asia together. The report of this meeting will be proposed to the 23rd BIMSTEC Senior Officials’ Meeting, which will be hosted by Thailand in 2023, for further consideration.

During the Meeting, the Deputy Director-General also deposited Thailand’s Instrument of Ratification for the BIMSTEC Charter to H.E. Mr. Tenzin Lekphell, Secretary General of BIMSTEC. Thailand is the second Member State to deposit the Instrument of Ratification, after India.