KATHMANDU — The 16th ministerial meeting of Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) is taking place in Kathmandu on Wednesday morning.
Minister for Foreign Affairs Pradeep Kumar Gyawali will chair the meeting. The Foreign/External Affairs Ministers of other BIMSTEC member nations will make their statements in the meeting.
The meeting will see presentation of reports by the Secretary General of BIMSTEC and the reports of the Special and 19th Senior Officials’ Meeting (SOM).
Similarly, meeting would be briefed on the preparations for the Fourth BIMSTEC Summit and it would finalise the BIMSTEC Convention/MoU ready for signature as well as the Draft Kathmandu Declaration of the Fourth BIMSTEC Summit.
The meeting will also adopt the Report of the 16th BIMSTEC Ministerial Meeting, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has stated.
Foreign Minister of Bangladesh Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali, Minister of State for External Affairs of India Dr VK Singh, Union Minister of International Cooperation of Myanmar Mr Kyaw Tin, Sri Lankan State Minister of Foreign Affairs Vasantha Senanayake and Foreign Minister of Thailand Don Pramudwinai and Bhutanese Foreign Secretary Sonam Tshong will lead the delegations from their respective countries in the meeting.
Bhutan has delegated the pro tem authority to Foreign Secretary Tshong to participate in the ministerial meeting in the context of announcement of general elections there.Follow @gorkhapost
NA chair stresses on quality and vocational education
KATHMANDU- Chairman of National Assembly (NA) Ganesh Prasad Timilsina has said that the vocational and quality education were the first priority of the state.
Inaugurating the golden jubilee programme of Pashupati Secondary School of Modi Rural Municipality today, NA chair Timilsina said that technical and quality based education were the foundation of the prosperity of the nation.
On another note, he shared that 339 existing laws will be amended until March 5 and 124 new laws will be enacted.
Similarly, Gandaki Province Industry, Tourism, Forest and Environment Minister Bikas Lamsal said that the provincial government was urging federal government to declare Pokhara as tourism capital.
Speaking in the same programme, Pakistani ambassador to Nepal Mazhar Javed said that age old ties between Nepal and Pakistan will be further strengthened and partnership would be fostered in the education sector as well.Follow @gorkhapost