PANEX-21 is a Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief Exercise. It is to be held for the BIMSTEC countries. The exercise is to be held among the BIMSTEC countries: Bhutan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, India and Thailand. The main aim of the exercise is to build regional cooperation in responding to natural disasters. It is to be conducted in Pune from December 20 to December 22.
About the exercise:
- The participants of the exercise will be divided into eight syndicates. One syndicate from the participating countries and two from India.
- It will analyse the capabilities of member states in responding to the natural disasters. The countries will share their best practices.
- The exercise will review the procedures of preparedness and response. It will then recommend the evolution of organised structure.
- During the exercise, the countries will discuss military–to–military cooperation protocol.