11 July 2024

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Thailand and attend the BIMSTECS summit in early September, according to a diplomatic source.

The source, who asked not to be identified, said that Modi will attend the upcoming BIMSTECS summit, which stands for the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation.

“It is an indicator of the importance of BIMSECS for India’s broader economic development,” added the source. 

This will be the 5th BIMSTECS summit, with the them “Towards Resilience Region, Prosperous Economies, Healthy People.

Other leaders from Bhutan, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Nepal, and Sri Lanka have already confirmed their participation in the upcoming summit, which was postponed from the previous year, according to the source.

As the current chair of BIMSTECS, Thailand has adopted the slogan of PRO BIMSTEC, which stands for prosperous, resilient, and open. The chair hopes to achieve peace, stability, economic growth, and sustainability in the Bay of Bengal Region.

India will also host the BIMSECS foreign ministerial retreat in New Delhi on July 11. Last year, Thailand held retreats twice in Bangkok and New York for the block’s foreign ministers to discuss regional and international issues as well as future action plans.

During its chair, Thailand elevated BIMSTEC to an intergovernmental organization by signing the BIMSTEC Charter and formulation of the Master Plan for Transport Connectivity. Furthermore, Thailand also promotes cooperation in key areas such as maritime, land, digital, and grid connectivity, as well as people-to-people contact, to realize the vision of PRO-BIMSTECS.

After Thailand, Bangladesh will be the next BIMSTECS chair from 2026-2026. The BIMSTECS headquarters is in Decca.

Thai PBS World//File photo : Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi//AFP