External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Friday said that India will be hosting the first BIMSTEC Disaster Management Exercise in October this year.
“Our region is vulnerable to a variety of disasters due to its geo-climatic conditions. To build regional capacities, India is hosting the first BIMSTEC Disaster Management Exercise in October 2017. This will help us develop quicker, coordinated and comprehensive responses to disasters, and provide timely relief and rehabilitation,” Swaraj said at the 15th BIMSTEC Ministerial Meeting in Kathmandu.
She said BIMSTEC is a natural choice for India to fulfil its key foreign policy priorities of ‘Neighbourhood First’ and ‘Act East’.
“We are meeting in a landmark year, when BIMSTEC is observing its 20th anniversary. BIMSTEC brings together like-minded countries with a common commitment for prosperity of its people representing one-fifth of world humanity. BIMSTEC is also one of the fastest growing regions in the world,” Swaraj said.
“BIMSTEC enjoys the unique strengths of connecting South and South-East Asia. It links the ecologies of the Himalayas and the Bay of Bengal. With shared histories, values and ways of life, it is the natural platform, to build our common future. BIMSTEC represents our common desire for peace and development,” she added. Read More…