State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, who arrived in Goa, India yesterday, attended the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) Retreat at the Hotel Leela yesterday afternoon.
The State Counsellor and heads of state and government from member countries of BIMSTEC, an international organisation involving a group of countries in South Asia and South East Asia, were welcomed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India. The member countries of BIMSTEC are Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Bhutan and Nepal.
The Indian prime minister and leaders of member countries posed for photos before heading to the meeting.
After the BIMSTEC meeting, the State Counsellor attended the BRICS and Leaders’ Outreach Summit at Hotel Leela Lawns. Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, five major emerging national economies, make up BRICS, an acronym for the organization formed in 2009 that uses the first letters of the country’s names.
In the evening, the State Counsellor attended a dinner hosted in honour of the summit by the Indian prime minister.
The BRICS and Leader’s Outreach summit was the first joint meeting between BRICS and BIMSTEC. The organisation BIMSTEC was founded as the BIST-EC by Bangladesh, India, Sri Lanka and Thailand on 6 June 1997, in accordance with the Bangkok Declaration. Myanmar joined the group on 22 December 1997. During the sixth ministerial meeting in Phuket, Thailand, in February, 2004, Bhutan and Nepal joined the group. — Myanmar News Agency