the Prime Minister of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh, the Prime Minister
of the Kingdom of Bhutan, the Prime Minister of the Republic of India, the
President of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, the Prime Minister of Nepal,
the President of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka and the Special
Envoy of the Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Thailand met in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar on 4 March 2014 for the Third BIMSTEC
Reaffirming the aims and purposes of BIMSTEC as contained in the
1997 Bangkok Declaration,
Recalling the First BIMSTEC Summit Declaration
(Bangkok, 31 July 2004) and the Second Summit Declaration (New Delhi, 13
Recognizing the close relationship and deepening engagements among
the BIMSTEC Member States given the geographical proximity as well as the rich
historical linkages and cultural heritage,
Convinced that the BIMSTEC Member States, endowed
with abundant natural and human resources, have considerable potential for
economic and social development through mutually beneficial cooperation in
identified priority areas,
Recognizing that globalization and regional cooperation continue to
generate increased linkages and inter-dependence within the economies and
societies in the BIMSTEC Member States and provide greater opportunity to
further leverage regional cooperation and respond to new and emerging
Recognizing the threats posed by climate change on the lives and
livelihoods of peoples across the Member States,
Reiterating firm commitment to alleviate poverty in
the BIMSTEC region to ensure dignity, improve the quality of life and
well-being of the peoples,
Recognizing the threat that terrorism poses to peace, stability and
economic progress in the region, and emphasizing the need for closer
cooperation in combating all forms of terrorism and transnational crimes,
Further recognizing the special challenges faced
by the Least-Developed Member States in the region and the need to support them
within their development process,
Convinced also that harmony, prosperity and
well-being among the BIMSTEC Member States can be enhanced through deeper
economic and social cooperation, enhanced connectivity, sustainable development
and harnessing of common natural resource base and cultural and
Reiterating commitment to BIMSTEC as a regional cooperation group,
Resolve to commit increased efforts in accomplishing the founding aims and
purposes of BIMSTEC.
Decide to move forward towards finalization of the draft Agreement on Trade in
Goods with agreed General Rules of Origin and Product Specific Rules, and also
to signing of the Agreement on Dispute Settlement Procedures, and the Agreement
on Cooperation and Mutual Assistance in Customs Matters under the Framework
Agreement on the BIMSTEC Free Trade Area.
Direct the BIMSTEC Trade Negotiating Committee (TNC) to expedite its work for
the conclusion of the Agreement on Trade in Goods by the end of 2014, and to
continue its efforts for early finalization of the Agreement on Services and
Agree to enhance cooperation in expanding skill and technology base of Member
States through collaborations and partnerships targeted towards micro, small
and medium scale enterprises and decide to accelerate efforts for the early
finalization of the Memorandum of Association on the Establishment of BIMSTEC
Technology Transfer Facility.
Underline the need for enhancing regional cooperation in the energy sector,
welcome the holding of the Third BIMSTEC Energy Ministerial Meeting in Nepal in
2014 and also the Fourth BIMSTEC Energy Ministerial Meeting in Bhutan in 2015,
and recognize the role of the BIMSTEC Energy Centre in Bengaluru,
India in this context.
Express satisfaction at the continuing work on developing physical connectivity
in BIMSTEC region and the progress made in updating the BTILS supported by the
Asian Development Bank for enhancement of intraregional connectivity, transport
infrastructure and logistics, and welcome efforts to identify concrete projects
Express satisfaction at the progress made in implementing tourism cooperation programmes and in following up the Plan of Action on
Tourism; and encourage the Member States realize the enormous tourism potential
of the region by enhancing cooperation in this field, particularly through
facilitating engagements among the private sector in the Member States.
Resolve to continue cooperation in the area of fisheries, including inland
fisheries, and conservation and management and sustainable use of marine
resources in the Bay of Bengal region.
Reiterate our commitment to continue and enhance cooperation in the field of
agriculture, including crops, livestock and horticulture; and decide to
intensify cooperative efforts by materializing short and long term joint
research programmes towards increased productivity
and yields of agricultural produce in the region.
Resolve to enhance cooperation in environmental protection and sustainable development
and promote capacity building in the area of disaster management.
Recognize that deepening of cultural cooperation among the Member States can
also contribute towards the promotion of socio-economic development of the
region driven by cultural industries.
to enhance cooperation in the health sector, including on traditional medicine,
and to intensify our efforts to promote activities of the BIMSTEC Network of
National Centres of Coordination in traditional
Reiterate our commitment to expand efforts to further promote people-to-people
exchanges and linkages, at various levels among the BIMSTEC Member States,
including facilitating travels through the BIMSTEC Business Visa Scheme and the
BIMSTEC Visa Exemption Scheme.
Welcome the setting up of the BIMSTEC Network of Policy Think Tanks and agree
to cooperate and coordinate for organizing short-term activities such as
workshops, seminars, and exchange programmes,
including audio visual programmes, on building public
awareness on BIMSTEC.
Agree to implement the BIMSTEC Poverty Plan of Action adopted at the second
BIMSTEC Ministerial Meeting on Poverty Alleviation held in January 2012 in
Nepal, and welcome the offer by Sri Lanka to host the Third Ministerial Meeting
on Poverty Alleviation during the first half of 2014.
Express satisfaction at the close cooperation between law enforcement agencies
of Member States in combating terrorism and transnational crimes, call for
expediting the ratification for entry into force of the BIMSTEC Convention on
Cooperation in Combating International Terrorism, Transnational Organized Crime
and Illicit Drug Trafficking and also for the early signing of the BIMSTEC
Convention on Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters.
Agree to explore collaborative initiatives amongst the Member States towards
addressing the adverse impacts of climate change in the BIMSTEC region.
Agree to intensify efforts to deepen cooperation in all areas of activities
within the framework of BIMSTEC, including strengthening institutional
Welcome the signing of the following BIMSTEC Instruments:
Association on the Establishment of the BIMSTEC Permanent Secretariat.
Understanding on the Establishment of the BIMSTEC Cultural Industries Commission
and BIMSTEC Cultural Industries Observatory (BCIO).
Association Among BIMSTEC Member Countries
Concerning Establishment of a BIMSTEC
Centre for Weather
appreciation to the Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh for
providing the premises for the BIMSTEC Secretariat in Dhaka and also express
satisfaction at the progress made towards the operationalization
of the Secretariat.
Welcome the appointment of Mr. Sumith Nakandala of Sri Lanka as the first Secretary General of
Convey deep appreciation to Myanmar for the able stewardship of BIMSTEC from
2009, and welcome Nepal as the new Chair of BIMSTEC,
We, the leaders from Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, and the
special envoy of the Prime Minister of Thailand, express our sincere
appreciation to the Government of Myanmar for the warm hospitality and for the
excellent arrangements made for the Summit.