First BIMSTEC Task Force on Traditional Medicine

Why In News?

The first-ever meeting of BIMSTEC Task Force on Traditional Medicine (BIT FM) was held at Pravasi Bhartiya Kendra in New Delhi. It was organized by Union Ministry of AYUSH.

FACTS (For Prelims)

BIT FM -key Features

1.Delegations from the People’s Republic of Bangladesh, the Kingdom of Bhutan, the Republic of India, and the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal, the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka and the Kingdom of Thailand along with the BIMSTEC Secretariat participated in the Meeting.

2.The Meeting discussed the following important agenda:-

(a) Implementation of Strategies of BIMSTEC Task Force on Traditional Medicines (BIT FM).

(b) Priority Areas for technical and research collaboration among the Member  States on Traditional Medicine.

(c) Regional strategy on the protection of Genetic Resource associated with Traditional Medicine Knowledge and Intellectual Property Rights and develop a work plan.

(d)Human Resource Development and Capacity Building among the BIMSTEC Member States.

(e)  New Initiative, proposals, and programmes for cooperation on Traditional Medicine among the BIMSTEC Task Force on Traditional Medicine.

3.The Meeting also acknowledged that in accordance with the Terms of Reference of the Task Force, the BTFTM Meetings shall be held on a rotational basis among the BIMSTEC Member States.


The Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) is an International Organisation involving a group of countries in the South Asia and South East Asia namely, Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Bhutan, and Nepal. India being a major stakeholder in the field of Traditional Medicine plays an important role in influencing the policies and strategies related to the Traditional Medicine in the BIMSTEC Forum.

Ministry of AYUSH

The Ministry of AYUSH was formed on 9th November 2014 to ensure the optimal development and propagation of AYUSH systems of health care.

Earlier it was known as the Department of Indian System of Medicine and Homeopathy (ISM&H) which was created in March 1995 and renamed as Department of Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy (AYUSH) in November 2003, with focused attention for development of Education and Research in Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy.


SOURCE-PIB (25th October 2017)


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