Q.2 BIMSTEC has huge potential as a natural platform for development cooperation in a rapidly changing geopolitical calculus and can leverage its unique position as a pivot in the Indo-Pacific region. Comment. (10 Marks)

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  • https://www.thehindu.com/opinion/op-ed/bridging-the-bay-in-quest-of-a-stronger-bimstec/article65271509.ece
  • In the intro, mention the context of the fifth BIMSTEC Summit in Sri Lanka.
  • In the body, mention how the economic and strategic significance of the Bay of Bengal is growing rapidly with a re-emergence of the idea of the ‘Indo-Pacific’ region. In the next part mention the potential for development economic integration and cooperation in various areas. In the next part mention the need for strong commitment and focus on connectivity challenges.
  • Conclude by mentioning that India has a key role in accelerating regional cooperation under the BIMSTEC framework and in making it vibrant, stronger and result-oriented.
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