BIMSTEC Master Plan for Transport Connectivity

Institutional Document | April 2022

The Master Plan presents a comprehensive 10-year strategy and action plan for improving the subregion's transport linkages across the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) member states.

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It is intended to guide actions and promote synergies among various connectivity frameworks and help achieve sustainable development of the region. A specific framework is presented here for organizing a set of policies, strategies, and projects toward realizing a shared vision of peace, prosperity, and sustainability. With BIMSTEC’s unique geographical position as a bridge linking South and Southeast Asia, this document is also relevant to its neighboring regions. BIMSTEC was established as a regional organization in June 1997 to promote free trade within the region, increase cross-border investment and tourism, and promote technical cooperation.


  • Executive Summary
  • Introduction and Background
  • Overall Master Plan Framework
  • Roads and Road Transport
  • Railways and Rail Transport
  • Ports and Maritime Transport
  • Inland Water Transport
  • Civil Aviation and Airport Development
  • Multimodal and Intermodal Transport
  • Trade Facilitation
  • Human Resource Development
  • Implementation
  • Appendixes

Additional Details

  • Industry and trade
  • Regional cooperation and integration
  • Transport
  • Bangladesh
  • Bhutan
  • India
  • Myanmar
  • Nepal
  • Sri Lanka
  • Thailand
  • 162
  • 8.5 x 11
  • TCS210388-2
  • 978-92-9269-069-4 (print)
  • 978-92-9269-070-0 (electronic)
  • 978-92-9269-071-7 (ebook)

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