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Shipping Minister Mansukh Mandaviya inaugurates the first ever ‘BIMSTEC Ports’ Conclave’ in Vishakhapatnam, AP

The sailing time of ships from Chennai port to Rangong Port situated in Thailand’s west coast will come down to seven days following the signing of Memorandum of understanding signed between the two ports.

The MOU signed at the BIMSTEC Ports conclave held at Visakhapatnam will also cover Kolkata and Visakhapatnam ports.

Three Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) have been signed between Ranong Port (Port Authority of Thailand) and the Port Trusts of Chennai, Vishakhapatnam and Kolkata during the Conclave held here on Nov 7. 

MoUs strengthening connectivity and is part of India’s Act East Policy 

 These MoUs will enhance connectivity between ports on Thailand’s West Coast and Ports on India’s East Coast i.e. Chennai, Vishakhapatnam and Kolkata. These MoUs will enhance economic partnership by cutting down the sea travel time between India and Thailand from 10- 15 days to 7 days.

Conclave aims at providing a platform to strengthen maritime interaction 

The first ever BIMSTEC Conclave of Ports, being held at Vishakhapatnam on 7-8 November, 2019 was inaugurated by Shipping Minister Mansukh Mandaviya..The conclave aims at providing a platform to strengthen maritime interaction, port-led connectivity initiatives and sharing best practices among member countries. Providing Connectivity is one of the key priorities among BIMSTEC countries.

India is keen on forging deep relations with BIMSTEC Member States

While inaugurating the Conclave, Mr Mansukh Mandaviya reiterated Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of SAGAR(Security and Growth for All in the Region) highlighting the motto of “ Sabka Saath  Sabka Vikas (Collective Efforts Inclusive Growth)” that provides Peace, Prosperity and Security for all in the Region. The Minister also expressed that India is keen on forging deep relations with BIMSTEC Member States. The first BIMSTEC Conclave of Ports will go a long way in promoting the same, the Minister added.

The Minister of Tourism, Culture and Youth Advancement, Govt of Andhra Pradesh  M S Rao, the Minister of Industry, Commerce  Govt of Andhra Pradesh  MG Reddy along with Member of Parliament from Vishakhapatnam  M.V.V. Satyanarayana also attended the Conclave.

India attaches great importance to bay of Bengal initiatives for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) which links five countries from South Asia (Bangladesh, India, , Sri Lanka, Bhutan and Nepal) and two from South East Asia (Myanmar & Thailand) .

BIMSTEC region brings together 167 billion people together 22 per cent of world population

The BIMSTEC region brings together 167 billion people together 22 per centof world population and a combined GDP of 3.71 Trillion US Dollars. Four BIMSTEC Summits have been held so far, the earlier ones at Kathmandu (earlier summit were 2004 (Bangkok), 2008 (New Delhi), 2014 (Nay Pyi Taw).

A ‘BIMSTEC Outreach Summit and Leader’s summit’ was held in Goa in 2016.


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