GANGTOK, Jan 22 � The 9th Forum of Bangladesh, China, India and Myanmar (BCIM) on Regional Economic Cooperation, concluded at Kunming in Yunnan Province of China on Thursday. The Forum signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to take it to a deeper level of cooperation.
It was agreed that the Forum would continue to work with multi-level and multi-sectoral approach, informed a press communiqu� issued today by the Sikkim University. The agreement to set up the BCIM Business Council was also signed, along with the programme to hold the first Car Rally starting in Bangladesh and ending at Kunming. The Governor of Yunnan province Qin Guanrong, and Chang Guoping, Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs hosted a State banquet for the delegates.
Later in the day, Prof Mahendra P Lama, Founding Vice Chancellor of Sikkim University, who was a delegate at the Forum, had a long session with Prof Ren Jia, President and members of the Yunnan Academy of Social Sciences. Among the issues that were discussed were the strengthening of social and economic bondages among the academic and other professional institutions. The possibility of joint study on many issues including trade, investment, public health and climate change were also discussed, including a course on Chinese Language and Studies introduced by the Sikkim University, the release concluded.