India to host first BIMSTEC military exercise

India to host the First Annual BIMSTEC Disaster Management Exercise. The main focus of the four-day exercise will be to create synergy and synchronize efforts to institutionalize regional cooperation and inter-governmental coordination efforts on disaster response among the Member States. About 135 delegates from all BIMSTEC Member States, including senior-level officials, will participate in the exercise. The Exercise will have simulated scenarios in the areas of flood management and building collapse search and rescue including Table Top Exercise, Field Training Exercise and an After Action Review. Hosting of the Exercise is in keeping with India’s commitment to share its expertise and capabilities in disaster management with the region. The Exercise follows the call of BIMSTEC Leaders at the BIMSTEC Leaders’ Retreat hosted by Prime Minister in Goa in October 2016 for closer cooperation in disaster management through joint exercises.

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  • India to host the First Annual BIMSTEC Disaster Management Exercise.
  • The main focus of the four-day exercise will be to create synergy and synchronize efforts to institutionalize regional cooperation and inter-governmental coordination efforts on disaster response among the Member States.
  • About 135 delegates from all BIMSTEC Member States, including senior-level officials, will participate in the exercise.
  • Hosting of the Exercise is in keeping with India’s commitment to sharing its expertise and capabilities in disaster management within the region.
  • The aim of the exercise is to promote strategic alignment among the member-states and to share best practices in the area of counter-terrorism.
  • The theme includes counter-terrorism in semi-urban terrain and cordon and search, and each side will bring in some 30 soldiers.

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BIMSTEC

The Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) is a regional organization comprising seven Member States lying in the littoral and adjacent areas of the Bay of Bengal constituting a contiguous regional unity. This sub-regional organization came into being on 6 June 1997 through the Bangkok Declaration. It constitutes seven Member States: five deriving from South Asia, including Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, and two from Southeast Asia, including Myanmar and Thailand. The objective of building such an alliance was to harness shared and accelerated growth through mutual cooperation in different areas of common interests by mitigating the onslaught of globalization and by utilizing regional resources and geographical advantages. Unlike many other regional groupings, BIMSTEC is a sector-driven cooperative organization.

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