MYANMAR: Prime Minister Sushil Koirala has expressed hope that progress and prosperity of the BIMSTEC member countries is possible only through mutual understanding, unity, collaboration and collective efforts.
Talking to RSS representative briefly today at Yangon, the old capital of Myanmar, in course of returning home after taking part in the Third Summit of Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC), PM Koirala shared about the Summit achievements and his experiences there.
He stressed the need of attaining economic development to reduce poverty prevalent in the BIMSTEC zone. “But, consensus, cooperation, understanding and strong will power is the first condition to meet this goal,” the PM said. Destination is not far if we all the seven members unite,” he added.
Referring to the efforts made by the European Union and ASEAN to reduce poverty in their respective regions, the PM argued that we could do more to improve the living standard of the people of BIMSTEC zone. PM Koirala further stated that establishment of the permanent secretariat, appointment of the secretary general and setting up of a specified body related to water and climate and cultural industry in India and Bhutan had taken the BIMSTEC to a new height.
He said his formal meetings with the heads of state and the heads of the government of BIMSTEC members on the sidelines of BIMSTEC Summit were important in terms of consolidating mutual relations, identifying the sectors for socio-economic development assistance and understanding their views towards Nepal.
He said the Summit was successful in promoting peace, stability, prosperity and mutual fraternity in the BIMSTEC region and termed his visit successful. Attitude of BIMSTEC members towards Nepal, commitments made by them in increasing investment in Nepal and endorsement of the proposal of assisting the underdeveloped countries by the developing countries in the BIMSTEC declaration itself are the achievements of the Summit, the Prime Minister added.
“Assumption of the post of BIMSTEC chair by Nepal in the Summit is another outcome of the Summit.” Besides, the commitments and solidarity expressed by the BIMSTEC members to attaining durable peace, prosperity and attaining stability in the region are another outcome of the Summit, the PM said.
PM Koirala and his delegation arrived in the old capital of Myanmar on a special aircraft from Nay Pyi Taw. Ministers of Myanmar central government and office bearers of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs bade farewell to the Nepali delegation at Nay Pyi Taw.
Upon arrival at Yangon, he was welcomed by Mayanmar Minister of Foreign Affairs U Nyan Tun U, office bearers of the Ministry and the Third Secretary at the Nepali Embassy Sri Krishna Thapa. The PM and the members of the Nepali delegation are scheduled to arrive Bangkok this evening and return home tomorrow afternoon.
PM Koirala left here on Sunday to attend the Third BIMSTEC Summit which was concluded at Nay Pyi Taw yesterday on March 4. RSS
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