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Convention on Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters, Union Cabinet Has Given Not to BIMSTEC [ Current News (Concise) ]

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The Bay of Bengal Initiative on Multi Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) Convention on Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters has been approved by the Union Cabinet for signing and ratification.

The Central Authority under Article 15 of the Convention is the Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA).

Key facts

The main aim of IMSTEC Convention is to extend widest measures of assistance among 7 member countries through mutual cooperation.

It also aims to increase capability and effectiveness of the member states in examination and prosecution of crimes, including crimes related to:

  • Transnational organized crime
  • Terrorism
  • Money laundering
  • Drug trafficking
  • Cyber-crimes

It will importantly donate for the effective cooperation in the control of criminal activities among the member countries.

About BIMSTEC

Bay of Bengal Initiative on Multi Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation is the sub-regional group of seven countries in South Asia and South East Asia and they are:

  • India
  • Nepal
  • Bangladesh
  • Bhutan
  • Sri Lanka (from South Asia)
  • Myanmar
  • Thailand (from South East Asia)

It was established on 6th June 1997.

And headquarters is located at Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Objectives of BIMSTEC are “Technological and economic cooperation among south Asian and south East Asian countries along the coast of the Bay of Bengal. ”

It also shelters cooperation in:

  • Commerce
  • Technology
  • Investment
  • Agriculture
  • Tourism
  • human resource development
  • fisheries
  • transport and communication
  • textiles
  • leather

- Published on: March 11, 2016