Second BIMSTEC Network of Policy Think Tanks

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Thailand and the Indian Studies Centre of Chulalongkorn University, co-hosted the 2nd BIMSTEC Network of Policy Think Tanks (BNPTT) Meeting during 8 – 9 October 2015, at Anantara Siam Hotel, Bangkok. The objective of the meeting was to bring together the designated Think Tanks of BIMSTEC Member States (Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Thailand) to discuss concrete steps to promote people-to-people contact under the BIMSTEC framework.The meeting emphasized the need to foster people-to-people contacts at all levels and highlighted priority areas of cooperation for the BIMSTEC. IPS is the focal point in Sri Lanka for BNPTT and Janaka Wijayasiri, Research Fellow represented IPS at the meeting.

Ambassador Sumith Nakandala, BIMSTEC Secretary-General, and delegates of BNPTT also paid a courtesy call on Mr. Apichart Chinwanno, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Thailand on 9 October 2015 at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to report on the progress made during the Meeting.