Myanmar Joins SASEC
21 February 2017
The Government of Myanmar informed the SASEC Secretariat on 21 February 2017 of its desire to formally join the South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation (SASEC) partnership as a full member. Myanmar becomes the seventh SASEC member country, following the original four founding partners in 2001 — Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, and Nepal — and Maldives and Sri Lanka in 2014. Myanmar has held Observer status within SASEC for several years and first expressed its interest to join as a full member at the SASEC Nodal Officials Meeting held in May 2016 in Frankfurt. Myanmar's participation in SASEC is expected to further promote and accelerate inter-subregional cooperation between South Asia and Southeast Asia, and is in line with the objectives and thrusts of the recently launched SASEC Operational Plan 2016-2025, the program’s first comprehensive long-term strategic plan.