Press Release on BIMSTEC SOM and its preceding meetings to be held in Kathmandu from 5 Feb

Press Release


The Seventeenth Session of the BIMSTEC Senior Officials’ Meeting (SOM) and its preceding meetings (Seventh Meeting of the BIMSTEC Joint Working Group on the Establishment of BIMSTEC Permanent Secretariat (BIMSTEC-JWG) and Second Preparatory Meeting to the Seventeenth Session of the BIMSTEC Senior Officials Meeting (BIMSTEC-PrepSOM) are going to begin in Kathmandu tomorrow.

The BIMSTEC-JWG will meet on 05 February 2017 to discuss administrative and financial issues of the BIMSTEC Secretariat and its report will be submitted to the BIMSTEC-PrepSOM to be held on 06 February 2017. The BIMSTEC-PrepSOM is expected to deliberate on reports of various meetings held under BIMSTEC in the year 2015 and 2016, and will report to the BIMSTEC-SOM. Both Meetings will be chaired by Mr. Mani Prasad Bhattarai, Chief of Regional Organizations Division of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The BIMSTEC-SOM will meet on 7 February 2017 to review the implementation of various decisions made under BIMSTEC mechanisms and will recommend future courses of action in order to strengthen regional cooperation under BIMSTEC. Mr. Shanker Das Bairagi,Foreign Secretary and Head of Nepali Delegation will chair the Seventeenth Session of the BIMSTEC-SOM.

Other members of the Nepali Delegation include officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Office of the Prime Minister and Council of the Ministers and the Ministry of Finance.

Nepal is the current Chair of the Bay of Bengal Initiatives for Multi-sectoral, Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC).

Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Kathmandu, Nepal

04 February 2017