Prime Minister Narendra Modi acknowledged the progress made by the grouping on several fronts in recent years. He also stressed the need to continue to work together in the fight against the pandemic.He said ‘We mark the BIMSTEC Day amidst a difficult phase of the COVID pandemic. It is an unprecedented challenge and a testing time for all of us. We need to continue to work together in the fight against the pandemic and in collectively overcoming its consequences.’
Prime Minister Narendra Modi also expressed his appreciation for enhanced regional cooperation under BIMSTEC framework which has intensified substantially in the recent years. PM Modi underlined the progress that has been made on several fronts including the finalization of the BIMSTEC Master Plan for Transport Connectivity and the text of the BlIMSTEC Charter.