BIMSTEC Gains Legal Recognition with Enactment of Charter

BIMSTEC Gains Legal Recognition with Enactment of Charter

The Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) has recently gained legal recognition through the enactment of its charter, marking a significant milestone in regional cooperation.


The charter, a culmination of years of efforts, provides a framework for cooperation and coordination among BIMSTEC member states, which include Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka, and Thailand.

Legal Recognition

  1. Legal Authority: With the charter in force, BIMSTEC now possesses legal personality, enabling it to enter agreements, sign contracts, and engage in diplomatic relations.
  2. Credibility and Effectiveness: This legal status enhances BIMSTEC’s credibility and effectiveness in addressing common challenges and fostering sustainable development in the Bay of Bengal region.


  1. Economic Growth and Integration: BIMSTEC’s legal recognition is expected to boost its role as a driver of economic growth and regional integration.
  2. Efficient Collaboration: Member states can now collaborate more efficiently, share resources, and implement joint initiatives in various sectors such as trade, energy, technology, tourism, and counterterrorism.
  3. Addressing Common Concerns: BIMSTEC provides a structured framework for addressing shared concerns such as climate change and natural disasters.

Optimism and Commitment

The member countries express optimism about BIMSTEC’s potential to promote peace, stability, and prosperity in the region. The implementation of the charter reflects a firm commitment to deepening regional cooperation and addressing evolving needs.

Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) with Answers:

  1. What does the recent enactment of the charter signify for BIMSTEC?
    • A) Increased membership
    • B) Legal recognition
    • C) Formation of a new institution
    • D) Expansion of its mandate
    • Answer: B) Legal recognition
  2. Which of the following is NOT a member of BIMSTEC?
    • A) Bangladesh
    • B) China
    • C) India
    • D) Nepal
    • Answer: B) China
  3. What aspect of BIMSTEC’s operations is enhanced by gaining legal personality?
    • A) Political influence
    • B) Technological advancement
    • C) Credibility and effectiveness
    • D) Cultural exchange
    • Answer: C) Credibility and effectiveness
  4. In which region does BIMSTEC primarily focus its efforts?
    • A) Mediterranean
    • B) Bay of Bengal
    • C) Gulf of Mexico
    • D) South China Sea
    • Answer: B) Bay of Bengal
  5. What is one of the shared concerns addressed by BIMSTEC according to the passage?
    • A) Economic sanctions
    • B) Space exploration
    • C) Climate change
    • D) Nuclear proliferation
    • Answer: C) Climate change