Utilize BIMSTEC as opportunity: Experts

Kathmandu- Experts on foreign affairs and trade have said the BIMSTEC could be utilized as an opportunity for regional development and expansion of trade. The forthcoming fourth BIMSTEC summit being held in Nepal could be taken as the platform for wider international image of Nepal, they said during a programme organized by Reporters’ Club in the capital city Thursday. According to them, implementation of the past agreements on multisectoral development is another pressing issue. Economist Dr Dilliraj Khanal opined that BIMSTEC could be used as a bridge for promotion and coordination on regional cooperation. At a time when the country is in a campaign of prosperity, the available resources should be utilized most in view of the regional importance of the BIMSTEC.
“Message on the campaign of ‘prosperous Nepal happy Nepali’ should be given at this forum,” he argued, stressing on selecting particular areas of cooperation which would be win-win to all members.

Foreign affairs expert Dr Dinesh Bhattarai said Nepal has got the opportunity to host the BIMSTEC summit in the changed context, so significant message could be given at this moment. Former government secretary Purushottam Ojha said effective implementation of the concept of regional development can be stressed on this occasion. Extending relations among the people’s level and taking concrete initiative on energy and tourism sector are others priority area, he added.

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