Bay of Bengal Initiative (BIMSTEC)

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Subject (Course): The Bay of Bengal Initiative (Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, and Thailand). Syllabus:

  1. Introduction to the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC).
  2. Member countries.
  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 (FDI) in the region of the Bay of Bengal Initiative

The aims of the subject "The Initiative of the Bay of Bengal (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 BIMSTEC's member countries
  3. To analyze the process of economic integration (free trade area) and foreign trade among the member countries of the Initiative of the Bay of Bengal
Subject "Bay of Bengal Initiative (BIMSTEC)" is studied...
  1. Masters: Business in Asia, Emerging Markets, BRICS Countries, Economic Relations, and Global Business (MIB)
  2. Doctorate DIB Asia

Languages of study: En or Es BIMSTEC Fr BIMST-EC Pt BIMST-EC

Credits of the subject "Bay of Bengal Initiative": 0.1 ECTS

Sample of the subject - Bay of Bengal Initiative (BIMSTEC):
Bay Bengal Initiative

Subject Description - Bay of Bengal Initiative (BIMSTEC).

In 1997 was created the BIST-EC (Bangladesh, 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 grans to Bhutan in 2003.

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 multi-sectoral cooperation for 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 South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) bringing together 1.3 billion people (21% of the world's population), a combined gross domestic product 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 for 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 international trade, foreign direct investment (FDI), and attract foreign companies to do business with 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 economic, international trade, and foreign direct investment cooperation
  2. Progressively liberalize and promote foreign trade in products and services
  3. Create a transparent, liberal and facilitative foreign direct investment regime
  4. Research new areas and develop appropriate measures for deep cooperation
  5. Make easy 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 growth of regional trade in services, the Bay of Bengal Initiative members agrees to enter into negotiations to liberalize trade in services.

Areas of economic cooperation 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 the:

  1. Economic area of the Hindu Civilization
  2. Central Eurasian Economic Area of the Islamic Civilization
  3. Economic Area of the Buddhist Civilization

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