The 6th RCEP Held in Singapore
The Sixth Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) Trade Ministers’ Meeting was held on August 30, 2018, in Singapore. The Indian delegation was led by Union Minister of Commerce & Industry and Civil Aviation Suresh Prabhu.
Kathmandu Declaration Adopted by Member States at 4th BIMSTEC Summit
The 4th BIMSTEC Summit concluded in Kathmandu on August 31, 2018, with the signing and adoption of the Kathmandu Declaration by all the seven members. The theme of the summit was, ‘Towards a Peaceful Prosperous, and Sustainable Bay of Bengal Region’.
The 18-point Kathmandu Declaration is expected to enhance the effectiveness of BIMSTEC Secretariat by engaging it in various technical and economic activities in the region.
First SAARC Agri Cooperative Business Forum in Kathmandu
The first South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) Agri Cooperative Business Forum was held in Kathmandu on August 28, 2018. It was co-organized by Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of United Nations and Asian Farmers’ Association with the support from International Fund for Agricultural Development.
Sushma Swaraj Begins 4 Day Tour of Vietnam and Cambodia
EAM Sushma Swaraj started her four-day tour of Vietnam and Cambodia on August 27, 2018. The intention of the tour is to deepen India’s strategic cooperation with the two key nations in the ASEAN region. In the second leg of her two-nation tour, she will make her first official visit to Cambodia. She will have a bilateral meeting with her Cambodian counterpart Prak Sokhonn. She will also call on Prime Minister Hun Sen and President of Senate Say Chhum.
The G20 Digital Economy Ministerial Meeting Held in Argentina
The meeting took place as part of Sherpa Track for 2018 G20 Leaders’ Summit, which is to be hosted by Argentina by the end of 2018. Held in Salta on August 23, 2018, the theme was ‘Building consensus for fair and sustainable development’. The G20 comprises of total 19 countries plus European Union (EU), representing 85% of global GDP, 80% of international trade, 65% of the world’s population. The first G20 Leaders’ Summit was held in Washington DC, US in 2008.
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