Boosting trade in
Kathmandu Post, April 23, 2018
The recent change of government in Nepal as well as the flurry of South Asian
Association of Regional Cooperation (Saarc) seminars and summits have led to the
re-emergence of discussion concerning the South Asia Free Trade Area (Safta).
clearing fails to boost trade at Petrapole
The Hindu Businessline, April 22, 2018
“Baichung Parking” reads the sign on a gated compound near Bongaon on Jessore
Road, approximately 10 km ahead of the Petrapole land border with Bangladesh.
The owner must have been a fan of former Indian football captain Baichung Bhutia.
India taking a
leadership role in the Commonwealth can revitalise grouping, make the UK
First Post, April 19, 2018
The Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) of 2018 got underway in
London on Monday. But it's on Thursday that the heads of 53 governments will get
into the business end of things, with the official opening of the CHOGM Summit
to take place at Buckingham Palace and the formal meetings between leaders to
follow shortly after.
BIMSTEC and Japan:
Exploring prospects for renewed cooperation
Orf Online, April 14, 2018
As the Bay of Bengal region continues to rise as an economic and strategic hub,
there is increasing awareness of the role to be played by the Bay of Bengal
Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) in
promoting growth, development and stability in the region. Having kept a low
profile in its 20 years of existence, BIMSTEC is now being seen as a potential
driver of integration between South Asia and Southeast Asia.
India Will Be
Integral to the Commonwealth’s Future
Chathamhouse, April 13, 2018
If the Commonwealth were to reinvigorate itself and expand its remit, India
would be well placed to play a leading role.
to import 9,000MW from neighbours
Dhaka tribune, April 09, 2018
Although the government has made significant strides in power generation, a
large number of people in Bangladesh are still living in the dark. The current
electricity production is insufficient to meet the ever-growing demand.
South Asia needs
to craft new trade strategies: Iftikhar
Pakistan Obeserver, April 12,
ESAARC CCI Vice President Iftikhar Ali Malik Wednesday said in the prevailing
global economic scenario, it is need of the hour that SAARC member states should
craft new self-regulating trade strategies to withstand the shocks in wake of
trade war ensued between the United States and China that could badly hit the
development growth in the region.
concern over BIMSTEC motor vehicle pact
Business-standard, April 11, 2018
Thailand has expressed concern over the proposed BIMSTEC Motor Vehicle Agreement
that would give Indian truckers access to the country through a trilateral
highway via Myanmar, saying only domestically-owned transport firms should be
allowed on the route to protect interests of local playerst.