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Union Cabinet Nods for BIMSTEC Convention in Criminal Matters

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The Union Cabinet headed by PM Narendra Modi gave its approval for the BIMSTEC Convention on mutual legal assistance in Criminal Matters.


  • It is the Bay of Bengal Initiative on Multi Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation
  • It comprises seven countries – Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Thailand
  • It mainly covers cooperation in commerce, technology, investment, agriculture, tourism, human resource development, fisheries, transport and communication, textiles, leather etc

BIMSTEC Convention

  • The establishment of regional arrangements for mutual assistance in criminal matters will greatly contribute to more effective cooperation in the control of criminal activities among the BIMSTEC countries
  • The convention will help in investigation and prosecution of crimes, including crimes related to terrorism, transnational organised crime, drug trafficking, money laundering and cyber crimes
  • The Instrument of ratification of convention will be submitted before the Secretary general of BIMSTEC and will come into action within 30 days

Points to know

  • BIMSTEC formed in 1997
  • Headquarters – Dhaka, Bangladesh
  • Secretary- General- Sumit Nakandala