The Delhi Policy Group in collaboration with the Asia Foundation organized a Roundtable Discussion on Advancing the BBIN Sub-regional Cooperation in Guwahati, Assam on 30th and 31st of January 2017. The meeting conducted in-depth analysis of the opportunities and challenges of taking forward this cooperation in the four broader thematic areas of Water, Energy, Trade and Transit. This meeting also conducted additional deliberations on areas of Security, Gender, Healthcare and Tourism.
The sessions of BBIN Guwahati Conference focused and worked towards identifying elements and structures at the local levels. The main objective was to understand the actual potential and roadblocks of this cooperation, elucidated through day–to-day experiences of technical experts, civil society representatives and local government officials. The meeting additionally engaged players who are involved directly and have an experience of working within the BBIN and BIMSTEC frameworks and are keen to share their perspectives.
During the discussions on Trade, experts looked at trade related issues like NTBs and value chains from the perspective of businesses, investments, trade facilitation and ease of doing business. The discussions on transit were focused on the -- issues with poor infrastructure, improving existing facilities and potential for North East India to become a transportation hub. Within the thematic area of Water, the sessions looked at connecting inland waterways and maritime links through regional cooperation frameworks. Sub-session on Energy evaluated the possibility of establishing the focus was to establish a BBIN regional power market.