BIMSTEC Current Affairs - 2020

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BIMSTEC: International Seminar on Climate Smart Farming Systems held in New Delhi

A three day “International Seminar on Climate Smart Farming systems” is being held in New Delhi. It was inaugurated on December 11, 2019. The seminar is being organized by the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare.

Highlights

The seminar is attended by all the seven BIMSTEC countries. It includes Sri Lanka, Bhutan, Nepal, Bangladesh, India, Thailand and Myanmar. The seminar focuses on adopting technological interventions in small holding farming. It will also give attention to targets set by BIMSTEC countries in reducing emissions at those levels to mitigate agricultural situations.

The objective of the seminar is to enable improvement of tropical small holder farming system that are resilient to climate change and will provide greater productivity.

BIMSTEC

The seminar is being organized by Government of India as an initiative at the fourth BIMSTEC summit that was held at Katmandu in August 2019. As all the BIMSTEC countries are lying in adjacent areas of Bay of Bengal and have similar type of climate, the solutions provided at the seminar are suitable and more reliable for all the countries.

Climate Smart Agriculture

According to FAO, Climate Smart Agriculture is an approach that reorients agriculture towards food security in a changing climate. FAO also hosts Global Alliance for Climate-Smart Agriculture. It aims to improve nutrition, food security and resilience. The alliance has three aspirational outcomes namely improving farmers, building climate resilient farmers and reducing green house gases emitted due to agriculture.

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First BIMSTEC Ports Conclave at Visakhapatnam

Between November 7 and November 8, 2019, the Ministry of shipping is hosting the first ever BIMSTEC Ports’ Conclave. The Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multisectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation is an international organization that involves South East Asian and South Asian countries. India’s growing interests in the region makes the conclave crucial and significant. Also, the conclave will be a path way for India’s maritime security measures and its interests in the Indo-Pacific region

Highlights of the event

  • The investment opportunities and best practices adopted for productivity and safety of the ports are to be discussed in the event.
  • The Conclave includes sessions on “Port led Industrial Development and Tourism Development”
  • The Conclave will also encourage Cruise Tourism. BIMSTEC nations with diverse historical and cultural heritages are ideal places to develop Cruise Tourism
  • The Conclave will also adopt new technological solutions to maximize efficiency and productivity of the available spaces, time and resources in the ports. With the region being one of the fastest growing markets in the world, the supply chain are necessitating expansion beyond national boundaries, resulting in putting tremendous pressure on existing port infrastructure.
  • The other discussions in the conclave are as follows
    • Emergent roles of ports in the global supply chain
    • Safe and Secure ports
    • Port Services-Delivering Value
    • Green Port Operations

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