Thursday, September 17th, 2020
Tenjin Lekphell first politician to become BIMSTEC chief
September 17th, 2020 at 6:01 pm
Tenjin Lekphell first politician to become BIMSTEC chief

by Our Correspondent in Dhaka

Mr. Tenjin Lekphell, a bureaucrat-turned politician from Bhutan, is set to become the new Secretary General of the seven-nation BIMSTEC, it was reliably learned here Thursday. 

Lekphell is the founder of Bhutan’s ruling Druk Nyamrup Tshongpa party will be the first politician to serve the organisation and succeeds career diplomat Shahidul Islam who has been appointed as Bangladesh ambassador to the US. His term ends on Sunday.

The Foreign Secretaries from the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC), which comprising of Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Thailand,  during their meeting earlier this month recommended Lekphell the new chief of the organisation for a three-year term. 

As per practice, the Secretary General of BIMSTEC is appointed by the Ministerial Meeting but the date of next meeting is yet to be fixed die to the pandemic.

The Foreign Secretaries recommended that the Foreign Minister of Sri Lanka as the Chair of BIMSTEC will write his counterparts to secure their confirmation by correspondence to the appointment of Tenjin Lekphell. 

The process of formal appointment of the new Secretary General is at an advanced stage, as confirmed by the BIMSTEC Secretariat in Dhaka. 

“I welcome the nomination as it good to have such a high-profile politician will take charge of the organisation and it will also raise the profile of the organization ensuring better access to the leadership of the region,” said Shaihidul Islam, the outgoing SG.