Thailand’s Role during the BIMSTEC Chairmanship

Maritime Connectivity
By negotiating Port Connectivity, the countries around the Bay of Bengal can facilitate the movement of goods between their ports and the passage of ships between them.
Land Connectivity
Realize key projects under the BIMSTEC Master Plan for Transport Connectivity through negotiations on BIMSTEC MVA. This will make it easier for people to travel between and among Member States and will also support projects that link India, Myanmar and Thailand by land routes.
Digital Connectivity
This is done through the development of Infrastructure that enhances technology usage, focusing on using digital technology to achieve added value, reduce costs, and efficient time in doing business.
Grid Connectivity
Energy is a fundamental factor for production and industry. This could be in line with the Bio-Circular-Green (BCG) Economy Model by promoting the use of renewable energy as well as biomass energy widely at the grassroots level, pursuant to the implementation of the Memorandum of Understanding on the Establishment of Electrical Interconnection under BIMSTEC.
People-to-People Contact
BIMSTEC is unique in its ‘people’ whose Member States share historical, traditional, and cultural bonds that are the cornerstone of building trust and the adoption of policies in a sustainable and balanced manner.

Thailand as a Chair of BIMSTEC

At the 5th BIMSTEC Summit on 30 March 2022, Thailand assumed the BIMSTEC Chairmanship for the period 2022–2023. Thailand is the Lead Country in the Connectivity Sector. It works to promote cooperation in the fields of infrastructure, transportation, energy, digitalization, marketing rules, and the lives of people.

Action Plan and Benefits for Thai People

1. Host important meetings
Leading to employment opportunities and capacity building of the private sector to meet international standards.
2. Utilize and engage in international cooperation opportunities
Initiate international cooperation through negotiations and initiatives for socio-economic development.
3. Enhance the potential of Thai people
Cascade the concept of the Bio-Circular-Green (BCG) Economy Model, which plays an important role in improving the quality of life of Thai people.
4. Promote connectivity in accordance with Master Plan for Transport Connectivity
Support transportation routes that link the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) to the Andaman Sea, from the Eastern Region to the Southern Region of Thailand.
5. Connect trade and production to supply chains.
Driving negotiations on the BIMSTEC Free Trade Area, which is a group of countries that owns large economic markets with a combined population of more than 1.5 billion people.