Dhaka, Mar 27 (UNB) – Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen on Wednesday reiterated that the government wants to bring back all the convicted criminals from abroad and implement the court verdicts as per the law of the land.
“Efforts are going on,” he told reporters when asked about the progress over bringing back convicted BNP acting chairman Tarique Rahman from the UK and Noor Chowdhury, one of Bangabandhu’s convicted killers, from Canada.
The Foreign Minister also referred discussions between Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and her Canadian counterpart Justine Trudeau over deportation of Noor Chowdhury.
Earlier, the Foreign Minister along with Information Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud jointly inaugurated ‘Demonstration and Introduction of STP (Set-Top) Boxes for Internet Protocol Television (IPTV)’ in Bangladesh Missions abroad at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Dhaka, Mar 27 (UNB) – Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen on Wednesday said Bangladesh will not relocate Rohingya people to Bashan Char, an island in Noakhali district, if all concerned think that will be a problem for them.
“We thought they’ll (Rohingya) live there better,” he told reporters mentioning that the government has made big arrangements for Rohingya people in Bashan Char.
The Foreign Minister was talking to reporters after jointly inaugurating ‘Demonstration and Introduction of STP (Set-Top) Boxes for Internet Protocol Television (IPTV)’ in Bangladesh Missions abroad with Information Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Minister Momen said the government had a plan to relocate around 100,000 Rohingyas to Bhashan Char on a voluntary basis in April next.
But, he said, they do not know now when it will take place amid various conditions placed by various international organizations. “The Ministry of Disaster Management and Relief is looking into the matter.”
The Foreign Minister said Bangladesh is hosting around 1.1 to 1.2 million Rohingya people in Cox’s Bazar district.
He said their fear is that there might be landslides during the coming monsoon causing casualties. “That’s why we tried to take 23,000 families or around 1 lakh Rohingya people to Bhasan Char.”
On March 25, the United Nations (UN) appreciated Bangladesh’s efforts to seek alternative locations for Rohingyas but sought clarification about the modalities of potential relocation of Rohingya people to Bhasan Char.
The government of Bangladesh has said it plans to relocate Rohingya people from Cox’s Bazar to Bhasan Char which could help “decongest” the overcrowded settlements in Cox’s Bazar.
Bangladesh is currently hosting over 1.1 million Rohingya people in Cox’s Bazar district and most of them arrived here since August 25, 2017.
“We’re seeking clarification about the modalities of any relocation, the living conditions that would be provided and the basic rights and services that refugees would be able to access if they decided to relocate to Bhasan Char,” said the UN in Bangladesh in a press statement on Monday.
The UN is also seeking clarification on issues of governance and access that the UN and partners would have to the island.
The UN’s position is to “engage constructively” with the government of Bangladesh on Bhasan Char.
“We’re discussing with the government the critical protection and operational issues that should be considered before any relocations take place in order to ensure that refugees would be able to live in safe and sustainable living conditions on Bhasan Char,” the statement reads.
The UN said the viability of any Rohingyas relocations to Bhasan Char and the possibility of establishing a humanitarian response operation on the island would require thorough assessments. including technical assessments of the island and careful planning.
“We’re also examining the potential operational implications of setting up a humanitarian response on Bhasan Char, including the requirements, time frames and costs involved in providing services,” reads the UN statement.
The UN considers that any relocation to Bhasan Char “must be on a voluntary basis.”
The UN said Rohingya people should have relevant, accurate and timely information on the project from the government, so they can make free and informed decisions.
The views and concerns of refugees must be heard and addressed as part of the consultative process, reads the statement on the potential relocation of Rohingyas by the government of Bangladesh to Bhasan Char.
Dhaka, Mar 27 (UNB) - Bangladesh is participatingin the prestigious ‘Fashion World Tokyo-2019’ at Tokyo Big Sight.
Thefair started on Wednesday and will continue until March 29, the embassy said in a statement.
Ambassador Rabab Fatima visited the Bangladesh pavilion and interacted with entrepreneurs.Thirteen apparel and leather companies from Bangladesh joined the exhibition.
The Bangladesh embassy, Ministry of Commerce (MoC), and Export Promotion Bureau (EPB) are providing support to the participating businesses.
A seminar on ‘Recent Developments of Bangladeshi Apparel Industry’ was organised by Bangladesh embassy in collaboration of MoC and EPB at the same venue.
It was supported by Japan External Trade Organization, United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), Japan-Bangladesh Committee for Commercial and Economic Co-operation of The Japan and Tokyo Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and Japan Textile Importers Association.
More than 130 buyers and representatives of Japanese companies took part in the seminar.
“Bangladesh is the second-largest garments exporter in the world, and Japan is our number one destination for garments products in Asia,” Ambassador Fatima said in her speech. “Knitwear is currently our number one export item to Japan.”
She said Bangladesh’s apparels grew by 34 percent in 2018 – the highest in Japanese market. The ambassador said the event was the “perfect business matching opportunity” for both Japanese buyers and Bangladeshi companies.
Director of Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry Yasujiro Miyake; Industrial Development Officer of UNIDOIkue Toshinaga; President of Maruhisa Co Ltd Masahiro Hiraishi;and Commercial Counsellor of the Embassy of Bangladesh Mohammad Hasan Arif also spoke at the seminar.
Dhaka, Mar 27 (UNB) – South Africa will carry out its diplomatic relations with Bangladesh from its Mission in New Delhi from April 1.
Robina P Marks, the South African high commissioner to Sri Lanka and concurrently accredited to Bangladesh, conveyed the decision when she made a farewell call on Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen at the latter’s office on Monday.
They discussed the forthcoming Foreign Office Consultation scheduled for May. Both sides agreed to sustain cooperation in different multilateral platforms, the foreign ministry said in a statement on Tuesday.
Momen said he was satisfied with the existing bilateral relations between Bangladesh and South Africa.
He also highlighted huge investment opportunities in various Bangladeshi sectors and suggested that a South African business delegation could visit the country to explore the trade and investment opportunities.
Marks said the Bangladesh-South Africa relationship is “warm, ancient and pragmatic”.
She appreciated the unprecedented humanitarian gesture of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for providing shelter to more than one million Rohingyas, forcibly displaced from their homeland in Myanmar.
The high commissioner said South Africa is considering the possibility of opening a Consulate in Dhaka in near future.
Dhaka, Mar 27 (UNB)— A 100-member Bangladesh youth delegation will embark on a seven-day visit to neighbouring India from Thursday.
They will visit cultural and historical sites, and business centres. They will also interact with Indian youths at educational, business, IT and technological institutions.
The Indian High Commission organised a flag-off ceremony in Dhaka for the delegation on Wednesday.
Deputy Education Minister Mohibul Hassan Chowdhoury attended the event as the chief guest. High Commissioner Riva Ganguly Das addressed the delegation.
Mashrafe Bin Mortaza, captain of Bangladesh’s ODI team and Member of Parliament, attended the event as the special invitee.
This year marks the seventh year of the Bangladesh Youth Delegation’s visit to India, according to the High Commission. The first such visit took place in 2012.
Members of the 2019 delegation include 40 women and 60 men, drawn from different regions of the country with diverse backgrounds. They comprise of doctors, artists, sportspersons, journalists, engineers, models, radio jockeys, humanities and science students, social workers, among others.
The delegation will return home on April 3.