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Social and Cultural Affairs Committee completes consultation meetings on BIMSTEC Convention

Posted on :08 July 2020

The Social and Cultural Affairs Committee completes consultation meetings on BIMSTEC

Convention.

The Committee conducted three different stakeholder consultations meeting on BIMSTEC Convention on Cooperation in International Terrorism, Transnational Organized Crime and Illicit Drug Trafficking from 7th-8th July 2020 following the first meeting on July 6. Representatives from the Supreme Court, Office of Attorney General, Bhutan Narcotics Control Authority, Royal Monetary Authority, Department of Revenue and Customs, Ministry of Information and Communication, National Commission for Women and Children and Anti-corruption Commission attended the meeting.

Mostly represented by Legal Officers, the stakeholders shared that the Convention does not contradict with any of the domestic laws of the country. They also opinioned that ratification of the convention by the Parliament will further strengthen the existing informal bilateral arrangements and MOUs singed between nations. Participants also recommended enacting Mutual Legal Assistance Act and amending Extradition Act 1991 to fully implement BIMSTEC Convention on Terrorism, Organized Crime and Drugs.

Based on the consultation meetings and further desk review, the committee will prepare report for submission in the upcoming National Council Session. The committee would like to thank all agencies for participating in the parliamentary consultative meetings which was very crucial in making informed decision in the Parliament.

The Social and Cultural Affairs Committee completes consultation meetings on BIMSTEC

Convention.

The Committee conducted three different stakeholder consultations meeting on BIMSTEC Convention on Cooperation in International Terrorism, Transnational Organized Crime and Illicit Drug Trafficking from 7th-8th July 2020 following the first meeting on July 6. Representatives from the Supreme Court, Office of Attorney General, Bhutan Narcotics Control Authority, Royal Monetary Authority, Department of Revenue and Customs, Ministry of Information and Communication, National Commission for Women and Children and Anti-corruption Commission attended the meeting.

Mostly represented by Legal Officers, the stakeholders shared that the Convention does not contradict with any of the domestic laws of the country. They also opinioned that ratification of the convention by the Parliament will further strengthen the existing informal bilateral arrangements and MOUs singed between nations. Participants also recommended enacting Mutual Legal Assistance Act and amending Extradition Act 1991 to fully implement BIMSTEC Convention on Terrorism, Organized Crime and Drugs.

Based on the consultation meetings and further desk review, the committee will prepare report for submission in the upcoming National Council Session. The committee would like to thank all agencies for participating in the parliamentary consultative meetings which was very crucial in making informed decision in the Parliament.

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