Future Directions of BIMSTEC:
Towards a Bay of Bengal Economic Community

RIS, New Delhi, 2004. ISBN: 81-7122-093-2

This report prepared by RIS as mandated by the BIMSTEC Ministerial Meeting, puts forward a road map for the future of BIMSTEC as a regional grouping. Prepared in consultation with the Thin Tanks of Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Thailand, this Report makes a case for formation of Bay of Bengal Economic Community by 2020 for exploiting the full potential of economic integration in the region. It also makes a case foe setting up an Energy Community and also presents several proposals for promoting mutual cooperation in transport infrastructure, tourism, food processing, fisheries, among other sectors and for dealing with the digital divide.