Dhaka, Feb 28 (UNB) - Foreign Secretary M ShahidulHaque has underscored the importance of geopolitics in global migration governance in the context of Rohingya humanitarian crisis.
While speaking as a panelist at the high-level debate on 'International Migration and Development’ he shared Bangladesh’s National Migration Framework which received much appreciation.
The event was held in New York on Wednesday convened by the President of the UN General Assembly as a part of the ongoing UN’s Migration Week, said a press release on Thursday.
Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean Alicia Bárcena Ibarra; Directorate General for Development and Cooperation of the European Commission (DG DEVCO) Henriette Geiger and Secretary-General of the International Organization of Employers (IOE) Roberto Suárez Santos were his co-panelists.
The Permanent Representative of Spain Ambassador Agustino moderated the panel.
Prior to participating this panel, Foreign Secretary Haque moderated a high-level briefing session organized by the Co-Chairs of the Friends of Migration.
Director General (IOM) briefed the Member States on newly established UN Network on Migration.
Bangladesh Foreign Secretary informed the audience about our National Migration Framework and elaborated its usefulness in solving complex issues such as mixed migration, human trafficking, and irregular migration through a comprehensive approach.
His idea of dealing human mobility comprehensively under such framework received appreciation from the Director General of IOM, the Permanent representative of Ireland and many others, said the press release.
Meeting with the President of the UN General Assembly
Foreign Secretary Shahidul Haque also met María Fernanda Espinosa, President of the UN General Assembly (PGA) on the sidelinse of UN Migration week.
During the meeting, the PGA lauded Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's proactive leadership on issues pertaining to climate change, culture of peace and Rohingya humanitarian crisis.
She also praised Bangladesh’s responsible role as the present Chair of the ‘Platform for Disaster Displacement (PDD)’ in protecting the safety, dignity and rights of the people displaced as a result of climate change.
Foreign Secretary Shahidul Haque thanked the PGA for putting her trust on Bangladesh and appointing Bangladesh and Spain as co-facilitators for the ongoing intergovernmental consultation process on determining modalities for International Migration Review Forum (IMRF).
He invited the PGA to attend a multi-stakeholder conference on migration to be held at Cox's Bazar in May.
María Fernanda Espinosa, commended the Bangladesh for putting high importance on multilateralism and acknowledged our constructive engagement in various UN discourses.
The Foreign Secretary participated a day-long event ‘Expert Symposium on international migration and development’.
Permanent Mission of Bangladesh hosted an evening reception on the occasion of ‘Migration Week’ at Mission’s Bangabandhu Auditorium.
Foreign Secretary made brief remarks as the special guest.
He applauded the instrumental role of the Civil Society in achieving Global Migration Compact.
Foreign Secretary urged all stakeholders to work actively to combat the challenges of implementing both the Global Compact on Migration (GCM) and the Global Compact on Refugees (GCR) along with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Dhaka, Feb 28 (UNB) - Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen on Thursday sought continued French support to create conducive environment inside the Rakhine State of Myanmar for their dignified return in safety and security.
“France-South East Asia,” the Inter-parliamentary Friendship Group, headed by the Senator and President Jacky Deromedi, met the Foreign Minister at his office and discussed the issue.
The French inter-parliamentary delegation highly appreciated the significant support that was extended by Bangladesh to the Rohingya people.
The French delegation assured to continue supporting the cause of the Rohingyas.
Foreign Minister appreciated the existing excellent mutual understanding between Bangladesh and France on the important issues like climate change and peacekeeping.
He also urged the French businessmen and investors to invest in Bangladesh in energy, infrastructure and other sectors also and for taking the advantages of the country’s demographic dividend and attractive packages that are on offer in 100 Special Economic Zones (SEZ).
The French inter-parliamentary delegation appreciated the impressive development in Bangladesh and expressed their interest to organize a Business Forum within French parliament, engaging the French business community, where Bangladesh could showcase the huge economic and business opportunities that currently exist in Bangladesh.
The other members of the delegation are Jerome Durian, President of the Bangladesh sub-group, Simon Sutour, Senator of Gard Region and Anne Laure Saint-Dizier, Executive and Secretary of the Senate House.
The Group covers six ASEAN countries (Burma/Myanmar, Brunei, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand) and Bangladesh.
Welcoming the delegation Foreign Minister Momen thanked the delegation for visiting Bangladesh.
Referring to French support during our Liberation War in 1971, he fondly recalled the important contribution made by renowned French intellectual and politician Andre Malraux during and after the Liberation War of Bangladesh.
He also praised France and her people for being the beacon of democracy for freedom loving people across the world.
Earlier on Wednesday, the delegation met Speaker Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury, MP and the Chairperson of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs.
The delegation also visited a garment factory at the outskirt of the capital.
Dhaka, Feb 27 (UNB) - Newly appointed Indian High Commissioner to Bangladesh Riva Ganguly Das is scheduled to arrive here on Friday to take up her assignment, said a diplomat on Wednesday.
Riva Ganguly, a senior diplomat, was serving as the Director General of Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR).
Harsh Vardhan Shringla, who was Indian High Commissioner here, is now Indian Ambassador to the United States of America (USA).
Born on December 24, 1961, Riva Ganguly obtained a postgraduate degree in Political Science from the University of Delhi in 1984.
She later taught Political Science at the University of Delhi before joining the Indian Foreign Service in 1986.
Dhaka, Feb 27 (UNB) - Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has offered Filipino citizenship to the Rohingyas as he reiterated his willingness to accept them in his country.
“I’m willing to accept Rohingyas,” GMA News quoted him as saying in his speech before a convention of the League of Municipalities of the Philippines at the Manila Hotel.
In April last year, Duterte said the Philippines was willing to provide sanctuary for Rohingya fleeing what he called "genocide” in Myanmar, a remark that prompted a Myanmar government spokesman to respond that the President had no restraint and knew nothing about their country.
The President then issued a public apology to Myanmar’s de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi for saying genocide was taking place in her country and clarified that he was hitting out at European countries which had accused Myanmar of human rights violations, but did little to help the Rohingya, according to the online portal of a major commercial broadcast company of the Philippines.
Hundreds of thousands of people, mostly Rohingya, a Muslim ethnic minority group, have fled Myanmar into Bangladesh in groups since August 2017 when Rohingya militant attacks on security forces sparked a military crackdown.
The UN and several Western countries have accused Myanmar of ethnic cleansing, which Myanmar denies.
Former presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said last year that the Philippines had facilities that could accommodate refugees, citing a processing center in Bataan.
Roque added that the Philippine government had an "open-door policy" for refugees.
In 1975, the Philippines government accommodated thousands of Vietnamese refugees who fled their country after the Vietnam War ended.
The facility Roque cited, the Philippine Refugee Processing Center (PRPC), hosted many of them.
The Philippines under then-President Manuel Quezon gave refuge to Jews escaping the Holocaust in the late 1930s.
Dhaka, Feb 27 (UNB) - Russian Ambassador to Bangladesh Alexander Ignatov on Wednesday said Russian private sector is interested to invest in joint venture (JV) projects in Bangladesh.
During his meeting with Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen at the latter's office, the Russian Ambassador assured that his government would continue cooperation with Bangladesh in power, energy, information communication, trade, defence and other areas of mutual importance.
The Foreign Minister sought Russian support in dealing with the Rohingya crisis and the issue was discussed in detail at the meeting, said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The Russian envoy also expressed his country’s specific interest in importing medicines from Bangladesh and also showed interest in joint venture investment in pharmaceutical sector.
Recalling the support of the Russian Federation in 1971 Liberation War, Foreign Minister Dr Momen expressed gratitude to the Russian people and stressed further enhancing the existing bilateral relations between the two time-tested friendly countries in the days ahead.
He thanked the Russian government for extending support in establishing the Rooppur Nuclear Power Projects and also for the active collaboration in gas field.
Mentioning the investment-friendly environment of Bangladesh, Foreign Minister Dr Momen invited the Russian investors to invest in Bangladesh in different sectors.
On trade issues, he mentioned that in addition to RMG, considering the quality and price the Russian government may import our pharmaceuticals in large scale for the benefit of the two peoples.
Apart from bilateral issues, views on regional and international issues of mutual concern were exchanged during the meeting.
Both sides agreed to maintain cooperation in different multilateral platforms, according to Ministry of Foreign Affairs here.