This book reviews the past and provides new strategies to help BIMSTEC achieving a new paradigm of integration. It primarily deals with the regional cooperation and integration issues, and assesses policy priorities, effectiveness, implementation imperatives and challenges. Each chapter in this book tries to capture essential features of the crosscutting issues and attempts to draw some policy implications. The subject of this book will be of special interests to policy planners, development organisations, academicians, researchers as well as potential investors.
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1. Introduction; 2. Maritime Trade and Societal Transitions in the Extended Eastern Indian Ocean c. 900–1500; 3. Civilizational Linkages in the Bay of Bengal Region until 1800; 4. Rejuvenating Cultural Linkages in Bay of Bengal Region; 5. Culture: An Expression of Values; 6. Trade and Connectivity in the BIMSTEC Region: Questions of ‘Incremental Benefits’ for the Member Countries; 7. Trade and Investment in BIMSTEC Countries: Status,Challenges and Possible Solutions; 8. Myanmar as a Golden Gateway between the Bay of Bengal and the Heartland of Asia; 9. Connectivity in BIMSTEC; 10. BIMSTEC: Building Bridges, Promoting Connectivity; 11. North-East of India and BIMSTEC: A Reality Check; 12. Recent Developments in Nepal’s Trade Logistics: Implications for BIMSTEC Cooperation; 13. Measures to Harness India’s Blue Economy; 14. The Challenge of Building the Bay of Bengal as an Interconnected Region; 15. Dynamics of the Bay of Bengal and the Sino-India “Cooperation Dilemma”; 16. Ways to Strengthen Cooperation between BIMSTEC and IORA; 17. Strengthening BIMSTEC Integration: The New Agenda