BIMSTEC to set up food bank, finalise anti-Terrorism Convention

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New Delhi, Nov 13 (UNI) The seven-nation Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) today announced they were close to finalising a Convention on global terrorism and decided to set up a BIMSTEC food bank to help needy countries in times of crisis.

The second BIMSTEC Summit of Heads of State/Government which concluded here today, also decided to srengthen intra-region communication including road, rail, air and sea networks, to evenly distribute the fruits of development.

Besides setting up a centre for combating international terrorism, illegal trafficking arms and ammunition and drug smuggling, it was also decided to establish centres in India for resolving energy and climate change crisis and a Centre in Bhutan for boosting tourism in the BIMSTEC region.

The day-long Summit which was preceded by the 13th BIMSTEC Foreign Ministerial meeting yesterday, was attended by the Heads of State/Government of all the seven members States.

These included Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, Bangladesh Chief Advisor Fakhruddin Ahmed, Bhutan Prime Minister Lyonchhen Jigmi Y Thinley, Myanmar Prime Minister Gen Thein Sein, Nepalese Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal 'Prachanda' and Thailand Prime Minister Somchai Wangsawat, besides Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

Dr Singh also held bilateral meetings with all the Heads of State/Government on the sidelines of the Summit.

Later addressing a joint press conference, the leaders of all BIMSTEC countries expressed commitment to combating terrorism and speed up development.

They also called for reform of the international financial institutions to minimise any future economic crisis.

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