Nepal gears up to host 4th BIMSTEC summit

Nepal's Minister of Foreign Affairs, Pradeep Kumar Gyawali has confirmed that the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) summit will begin from August 30. The fourth summit of the BIMSTEC is being held in Nepal and Gyawali apprised of the preparations. "The meeting has been fixed for August end. The Summit will be held from August 30 to 31. Prior to that there will be Foreign Ministerial meeting and also a high level official meeting" Foreign Minister Gyawali said. BIMSTEC is the sub-regional grouping comprising seven countries of South Asia and South East Asia. With the formation of the new government headed by Leftist parties in the Himalayan nation, the incumbent government is eyeing BIMSTEC summit as an opportunity to highlight Nepal through the regional forum.