The Ministry of Foreign Affairs observed the 25th Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) day virtually on June 6. The ambassadors of India and Bangladesh, Secretary General of BIMSTEC, representatives from regional organisations based in Bhutan, and officials from the ministry joined the celebration virtually.  

The chief guest of the event, Lyonpo Dr Tandi Dorji stated that the anniversary not only provides the Member States with the opportunity to celebrate our progress and achievements but it is also a time to reflect and review our cooperation. 

Underscoring the importance of regional cooperation, Lyonpo stated that while the Covid-19 pandemic has exposed our deficiencies and vulnerabilities, it has also clearly demonstrated that an approach that transcends national boundaries is indispensable. 

He stated that as home to around 22 percent of the global population, the economic and social wellbeing of the BIMSTEC region is imperative for global progress and a sustainable future. 

To mark the 25th anniversary, Lyonpo presented a commemorative gift to the BIMSTEC Secretariat on behalf of the Royal Government of Bhutan. “The gift is symbolic of Bhutan’s unwavering commitment to the vision and principle of BIMSTEC, and for the everlasting peace and harmony in the region,” a press release from the foreign ministry stated.