On January 12, 2022, the Government of India hosted the 10th meeting of the BIMSTEC Joint Working Group on Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime (JWG-CTTC). The meeting was attended by a delegation from each of the BIMSTEC Member States, including Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka, and Thailand.
Shri Sanjay Verma, Secretary (West) of the Indian Ministry of External Affairs, spoke during the meeting’s opening session. He emphasized the necessity of increased cooperation in the areas of capacity building, information exchange, extradition, and legal assistance in order to combat the threat of terrorism and transnational crimes. The meeting was presided over by Shri Mahaveer Singhvi, the Indian Ministry of External Affairs’ Joint Secretary for Counter Terrorism.
According to the BIMSTEC framework, India is the leading nation for the Security Pillar. Six Sub-Groups on (a) Intelligence Sharing (b) Legal and Law Enforcement (c) Countering Radicalization and Terrorism (d) Anti-Money Laundering and Combating the Financing of Terrifice (e) Human Trafficking (f) and Narcotic Drugs, Psychotropic Substances and Precursor Chemicals (jw – CTTC) are under the supervision of the Security Pillar.
Traditional and emerging non-traditional security threats in the BIMSTEC region were discussed at the meeting. In order to improve cooperation and collaboration in the region’s fight against terrorism and transnational crimes, the participants deliberated and offered suggestions on a variety of topics.
The reports of the meetings of various sub-groups were discussed and approved at the meeting. The BIMSTEC Convention on Cooperation in Combating International Terrorism, Transnational Organized Crime, and Illegal Drug Trafficking, which went into effect on March 16, 2021 after being ratified by all Member States, was also discussed by the delegates in various ways.
The meeting also covered information sharing systems, capacity building for BIMSTEC countries, and institutional mechanisms for CTTC cooperation.