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Bay of Bengal Initiative (BIMSTEC)


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Free-Trade Area Bay of Bengal: Bangladesh, India, Sri Lanka, Thailand

  1. Introduction to the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC)
  2. Economic Profile of the member countries of the BIMSTEC: Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Bhutan, and Nepal
  3. Objectives of the Bay of Bengal Initiative
  4. Free-Trade Area of the Bay of Bengal
  5. BIMSTEC Framework Agreement
  6. International Trade and Foreign Direct Investment in the Bay of Bengal Initiative region

The aims of the subject “Bay of Bengal Initiative (BIMSTEC)” are the following:

  1. To understand the objectives of the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC)
  2. To evaluate the benefits for the BIMSTEC member countries
  3. To analyze the economic integration process (free-trade area) and the foreign trade among the Bay of Bengal Initiative member countries

Asia Masters, Doctorate (Global Business, Foreign Trade)

The Subject “Bay of Bengal Initiative (BIMSTEC)” belongs to the following Online Programs taught by EENI Global Business School:

Masters: International Business, Foreign Trade.

Masters in International Business and Foreign Trade (MIB)

Doctorate: World Trade, Ethics, Religion & Business.

Doctorate in International Business (DIB) Online

Course: Hinduism and Business.

Languages: Masters, Doctorate, International Business, English or Study Master Doctorate in International Business in Spanish Iniciativa Bahía Bengala Study Doctorate in International Business in French Initiative de la baie du Bengale (BIMSTEC) Masters Foreign Trade in Portuguese Iniciativa da Baía de Bengala.

Market Access - Trade Agreements

Bay of Bengal Initiative (BIMSTEC):
Bay of Bengal Initiative (BIMSTEC): Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Bhutan, and Nepal

In 1997 was created the BIST-EC (Bangladesh, Bharat (India), Sri Lanka, and Thailand Economic Cooperation).

  1. In 1997, Myanmar joined the BISTEC as a full member; the name was changed to the Bay of Bengal Initiative (BIMST-EC)
  2. In 1998, Nepal was granted as observer status
  3. In 2004, Nepal acceded to the Bay of Bengal Initiative as a full member
  4. Full membership grant to Bhutan in 2003

Today, the Bay of Bengal Initiative (BIMSTEC) comprises seven members: Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Bhutan, and Nepal.

The main objective of the Bay of Bengal Initiative is to promote the multi-sectoral cooperation for the economic and social progress of the Bay of Bengal region.

The Bay of Bengal Initiative provides a sole link between the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the SAARC bringing together 1.3 billion people (21% of the world's population), a combined GDP of USD 750 billion and a total trade volume of 59 billion dollars under the Bay of Bengal Initiative free-trade area scheme.

Substantial progress has made in the negotiations on the Free Trade Agreement on trade in products.

The Bay of Bengal Initiative (BIMSTEC) member countries (Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Bhutan, and Nepal) agreed to create the Free-Trade Area Framework Agreement in order to promote the Foreign Trade, FDI, and to attract to the foreign companies to do business and invest in the Bay of Bengal region.

The main objectives of the Free-Trade Area Framework Agreement of the Bay of Bengal Initiative (BIMSTEC) are to:

  1. Strengthen and improve the economic, international trade, and foreign direct investment cooperation
  2. Progressively liberalize and promote the foreign trade in products and services
  3. Create a transparent, liberal and facilitative investment regime
  4. Research new areas and develop the appropriate measures for a deep cooperation
  5. Facilitate the economic integration of the least developed countries in the Bay of Bengal region
  6. Reduce the development gap among the members

With the view to speeding up the regional trade in services growth, the Bay of Bengal Initiative members agrees to enter into negotiations to liberalize the trade in services.

Economic cooperation areas of the Bay of Bengal Initiative (BIMSTEC).

  1. Mutual recognition agreements, conformity assessment, accreditation procedures, and standards and technical regulations
  2. Customs cooperation
  3. International finance
  4. E-Commerce; and
  5. Business visa and travel Facilitation

The Bay of Bengal Initiative (BIMSTEC) belongs to:

  1. Hindu Economic Area
  2. Central Eurasian Economic Area (Islamic Civilization)
  3. Buddhist Economic Area


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