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2nd BCIM-EC jt study gr meet in Nov

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Myanmar keen about Maritime Silk Route Staff Reporter The second joint study group meeting of the Bangladesh, China, India and Myanmar Economic Corridor (BCIM-EC) will be held on November 12-13 in the beach town of Cox’s Bazar, said Myanmar Ambassador in Dhaka U Myo Myint Than on Saturday. He said Bangladesh has invited Myanmar to attend the meeting to discuss the national study plan on the concept among BCIM member countries. The diplomat said Myanmar, in fact, showed interest in the BCIM-EC concept by participating in the first joint study group meeting of BCIM-EC in Kunming-Yunan province in December 2013. Though the BCIM-EC was jointly proposed by India and China, it is hoped that BCIM-EC will bring about economic opportunities and improve regional connectivity to all countries in this sub-region. Myint Than said the cooperation area of BCIM-EC stretches from Kunming, (Yunnan Province, China), to Kolkata, (India) Mandalay, (Myanmar) up to Dhaka and Chittagong, (Bangladesh). “The BCIM-EC is designed to promote multi-sectoral cooperation in road transport, trade services and investment, sustainable development of the environment and people to people contact in the BCIM region,” he said. Talking about the proposed new Maritime Silk Route, the diplomat said Myanmar is showing interest in the proposed Maritime Silk Route. “We also consider that maritime Silk Route can play an important role in the development of the nation by bringing new economic opportunities for Myanmar and its people.” He observed that compared to the BCIM-EC, establishment of the maritime Silk route will need broad discussions and more studies including track-2 level discussions to develop the concept further. Centre for East Asia (Foundation) arranged the seminar titled ‘BCIM- EC and Maritime Silk Route across the Bay’ at Lakeshore Hotel in the city with Prof Dr Sukamal Barua in the chair. Prime Minister’s Foreign Affairs Adviser Dr Gowher Rizvi, Charge d’ Affaires of the Chinese Embassy in Dhaka QU Guangzhou and Executive Director of the Centre for East Asia Nasim Mahmmud also spoke on the occasion. Dhaka University Development Studies Prof Dr Rashed Al Mahmud Titumir and Senior Research Fellow of Bangladesh Institute of International and Strategic Studies (BIISS) Dr M Jashim Uddin presented two separate papers at the seminar.