Saturday, February 12, 2011

9th BCIM: moving toward track I

Dhaka's The Daily Star yesterday ran an opinion piece from the Centre of Policy Dialogue in the wake of the 9th Bangladesh-China-India-Myanmar (BCIM) forum held in January in Kunming, China, on the importance of that forum.  The BCIM focuses on connectivity and trade facilitation between China's Yunnan province, India's northeast, Bangladesh and Burma. 

The BCIM has traditionally been a track II forum, but with three of the four countries' delegations this year led by a government representative, it seems to be transitioning to track I (ie. government official) level.  A recent blog entry on the Australian National University's South Asia Masala argues that track II is likely to be a more effective level of cooperation for the BCIM given the current state of India-China relations.

The Centre of Policy Dialogue is Bangladesh's BCIM focal point.

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