SASEC Nodal Officials' Meeting 2017

Nodal Officials of the South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation (SASEC) countries—Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka met on 6 May in Yokohama, Japan to discuss future projects and initiatives. Myanmar attended the Nodal Officials’ Meeting for the first time as a full member of SASEC, having joined the partnership in February 2017.

Mr. Hun Kim, Director General, South Asia Department, Asian Development Bank (ADB) facilitated discussions at the meeting. The Nodal Officials discussed key achievements of the SASEC Program over the past 12 months and endorsed the ADB indicative pipeline of SASEC projects for 2017-2019 with a lending total of almost $3.7 billion. The pipeline includes transport, trade facilitation, energy, and economic corridor projects.

The Nodal Officials also agreed to move forward on selected flagship initiatives coming out of the recently launched SASEC Vision.

In 2016, SASEC Nodal Officials endorsed the SASEC Operational Plan 2016-2025 and the concept for the SASEC Vision. In 2015, the Meeting highlighted the continued need to improve intraregional transport and energy connectivity in the SASEC subregion; increased inter-regional transport connectivity with Southeast Asia; and additional funding available for regional investments through ADB.

Sector: Regional Cooperation

Date: 6 May 2017

Location: Yokohama, Japan

Contact Person: Ronald Antonio Q. Butiong
rabutiong@adb.org

Bhutan: Workshop on Intelligence, Information Gathering, and Investigation

Date: TBD
Sector: Trade Facilitation
Venue: Phuentsholing, Bhutan

Consultation Visit to the Kolkata Port/Customs and Bilateral Discussion with CBEC India for CTD Automation

Date: 6-11 Aug 2017
Sector: Trade Facilitation
Venue: Kolkata and New Delhi, India

Dissemination Seminar for KSP Studies for the Colombo-Trincomalee Economic Corridor

Date: 3 Aug 2017
Sector: Economic Corridor Development
Venue: Colombo, Sri Lanka

Southwest Bangladesh Economic Corridor Joint ADB-KSP Workshop

Date: 30 Jul 2017
Sector: Economic Corridor Development
Venue: Dhaka, Bangladesh