The 17th session of senior officials’ meeting of the Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) all is set to take place in Kathmandu on 5 February 2017. The meeting will be followed by its preceding meetings (7th meeting of the BIMSTEC Joint Working Group on the establishment of BIMSTEC Permanent Secretariat (BIMSTEC-JWG) and second preparatory meeting to the 17th session of the BIMSTEC senior officials meeting to be held in different dates. The BIMSTEC-JWG will discuss administrative and financial issues of the BIMSTEC Secretariat, according to a statement issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Saturday. The BIMSTEC-JWG will submit its report to the BIMSTEC-PrepSOM to be held on February 6. Likewise, the BIMSTEC-PrepSOM will center on the reports of various meetings held under BIMSTEC in 2015 and 2016 and will report to the BIMSTEC-SOM, the statement added. The session of the BIMSTEC-SOM will be chaired by Shanker Das Bairagi, Foreign Secretary and Head of Nepali Delegation. Other members of the Nepali delegation include officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Prime Minister’s Office and Council of the Ministers and the Ministry of Finance. Currently Nepal is the Chair of the BIMSTEC.