Bangladesh favours a ‘comprehensive plan of action’ and submit the same to member states as to how best members should act and support in flourishing BIMSTEC and achieving its desired goals and objectives.
Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali received the newly-appointed Secretary General of BIMSTEC M Shahidul Islam at the Foreign Ministry on Sunday and advised him to that end.
He advised him to meet all the leaders of the member states and take their advice about running the organisation, said the Foreign Ministry here.
The Foreign Minister greeted Shahidul Islam for taking over as the Secretary General of BIMSTEC and expressed his happiness over being the first Bangladeshi diplomat to have occupied this post.
The new Secretary General thanked the Foreign Minister for extending all-out support and assistance to him and the Secretariat to facilitate his smooth assumption of the charge as the Secretary General of BIMSTEC and for smooth functioning of the Secretariat.
He briefed the Foreign Minister about the present status of different BIMSTEC programmes and shared his ideas as to how to go ahead in coordination activities with the member states and sought the support and guidance from the Foreign Minister.
The Foreign Minister assured the Secretary General of extending all possible assistance and support to address and overcome the challenges for making the Secretariat more functional and operational.
Minister Ali expressed the hope that the new Secretary General would carry the organisation forward with new spirit and vigour.
The Foreign Minister assured the Secretary General of all-out support and cooperation from the Foreign Ministry and wished him all success in his tour of duty.
BIMSTEC DMEx-2017 kicks off Tuesday in India
Meanwhile, the first four-day long annual BIMSTEC Disaster Management Exercise will start on Tuesday with the participation of all of its member states in New Delhi of India.
The main focus of the exercise, to be conducted from October 10 to October 13, will be to create synergy and synchronise efforts to institutionalise regional cooperation and inter-governmental coordination efforts on disaster response among member states of the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC).
About 135 delegates from all BIMSTEC member states — Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Bhutan and Nepal — including senior level officials dealing with related policy and operational aspects will participate in the exercise.
Nineteen personnel from each BIMSTEC member states, including one head of the disaster response, two mid-level officials in-charge of operations, 15 professionals or officers dealing with base or ground operations and one senior level official from the Nodal Ministry or authority for policy decisions, will take part in the exercise.
The exercise will have simulated scenarios in the areas of flood management and building collapse search and rescue including Table Top Exercise (TTX), Field Training Exercise (FTX) and an After Action Review (AAR).
The exercise follows the call of BIMSTEC leaders at the BIMSTEC leaders’ retreat hosted by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Goa in October 2016 for closer cooperation in disaster management through joint exercises.
India had offered to host the first exercise at the 17th BIMSTEC senior officials’ meeting in Kathmandu of Nepal.