Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen on Monday urged all to join together for a sustainable world of "peace and stability", saying venom of hatred and ignorance results in violence and wars.
"Without peace and stability, no country or region can prosper, achieve their goals. Of late, varieties of media, including social media, at times promote venom of hatred and intolerance," he said.
In order to have a sustainable world of peace and stability, Dr Momen said, it is important that they all help create a mindset of respect for each other, of tolerance irrespective of ethnicity, colour or religion.
To inculcate such a mindset, he urged everyone - parents, guardians, teachers, opinion builders, think tanks, community leaders, leaders of Mandirs, mosques, synagogues, churches and the governments to join hands and work together.
The Foreign Minister was addressing the inaugural session of the three-day 'Dhaka Global Dialogue 2019' in the city.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurated the Dialogue at Hotel InterContinental jointly hosted by Bangladesh Institute of International and Strategic Studies (BIISS) and India’s Observer Research Foundation (ORF).
ORF President Samir Saran and BIISS Director General AKM Abdur Rahman also spoke.
Dr Momen said they are truly living in the Asian century and the countries in the South Asia – India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan and many others in the South East and East Asia are growing at a much faster rate than other countries.
However, he said, it is not only the rate of growth, but the sustainability and just distribution of benefit of that growth that makes these fast growing economies so important.
"I personally see a vast area of possible future cooperation among us. It is undeniable fact that intra-regional trade and physical connectivity are still insignificant compared to their true potential," Dr Momen said.
So through Dhaka Dialogue Global Dialogue, he said, their active collaboration and cooperation will be further successful to expand the areas of cooperation and understanding for common benefit.
On Rohingya issue, the Foreign Minister said Bangladesh has given shelter to 1.1 million forcefully displaced Rohingyas from Myanmar.
"Now, it is the responsibility of the global community, including our neighbuors, to do more to ensure their quick and sustainable repatriation and reintegration in Myanmar," he said.
The Foreign Minister said this is an issue created by Myanmar and the solution also lies with them.
He said voluntary return of the Rohingyas to their homes in the Rakhine State in safety, security and dignity is a crying need of the hour.
SDGs Implementation Requirements
On Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Dr Momen said they consider implementation of SDGs as a continuation of MDGs efforts.
Bangladesh was one of the few countries who did attain almost all of the MDG targets.
The Foreign Minister said realisation of the MDGs helped Bangladesh towards graduation from the LDC status, fulfilling all three criteria for graduation. "Now we intend to do the same with the implementation of SDGs."
For this, he said, they took a three pronged approaches - mobilisation of resources, both fund and technology, capacity building and people’s empowerment at all stage of decision making process.
The Foreign Minister said implementation of SDGs requires much greater, long-term and sustained flow of resources.
He said the preliminary assessment reveals that in Bangladesh, they may require around $930 billion of additional synchronised expenses for full implementation of the SDGs.
For a developing country like Bangladesh, he said, even with its impressive growth rate and social innovations, the burden is truly great.
"Therefore, we need partnership; regional partnership, government to government partnership, government and business partnership, government and academic plus NGOs, Think Tank and philanthropic partnership, the South-South and North cooperation and innovative finances and technology to achieve the goals," he added.
Moreover, to face the upcoming advent of 4th Industrial Revolution, a dramatic technological innovation, they are building partnerships, where government, private sector, academia, community and civil society – all are working together, said the Foreign Minister.
Bangladesh has now the 2nd largest pool of ICT freelancers in the world, almost 600,000.
The French Embassy in Dhaka has extended condolences to the families of victims of cyclone ‘Bulbul’ which battered the country’s coastal districts early Sunday.
It also expressed sympathies to those who have lost loved ones, homes, and livelihoods in this natural calamity, the Embassy said on Monday.
"I am shocked and saddened at the loss of life and devastation of property in the coastal region of Bangladesh as a result of cyclone Bulbul. I also offer my profound sympathy to the effected coastal people," Ambassador Jean-Marin SCHUH said in a message.
Six people were killed in Bagerhat, Khulna, Patuakhali and Barishal districts when cyclone ‘Bulbul’ battered Khulna and adjoining southwestern part of the country.
The first-ever Bangladeshi Taka-denominated bond titled "Bangla Bond" will be listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE) on Monday.
Initially, the Bangla Bond will be equivalent to US$10 million on the London bourse.
This bond will have a three-year maturity, with a 6.3 percent annual rate of interest.
The International Finance Corporation (IFC), a sister concern of the World Bank, is set to float the bond, said the Bangladesh High Commission in London on Sunday.
The IFC will be the guarantor of this bond in the international market.
The proceeds from this bond in the European market will be invested back in Bangladesh for development of its private sector.
"The Ring, The Bell" ceremony of the listing of bond will be held at the LSE, which will be followed by an 'Investor's Roundtable' to showcase Bangladesh's growth story and investment opportunities.
IFC and LSE will be jointly organising the roundtable, said the Bangladesh High Commission in London.
Finance Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal, Prime Minister’s Private Sector Industry and Investment Adviser Salman F Rahman and High Commissioner to UK Saida Muna Tasneem will attend the enlistment ceremony and the roundtable.
The LSE will brief the media on the listing from 9:45am-10:15am on Monday.
Bangladesh Finance Minister, Prime Minister’s Private Sector Industry and Investment Advisor, IFC Vice-President for Asia and Pacific Nena Stoiljkovic, IFC Treasury Client Solutions Director Keshav Gaur and IFC South Asia Director Mengistu Alemayehu will speak at the press briefing.
Bangladesh High Commission in London will also host a "Bangladesh Investment Dialogue" on Monday, at the St James' Court (Taz Hotel) from 5-7pm to celebrate the "The Ring The Bell" ceremony of the listing of the “Bangla Bond".
UK Minister of State for the Commonwealth, UN and South Asia Lord Tariq Ahmad has highly appreciated the role of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in empowering women and education.
“I had the opportunity to meet Prime Minister of Bangladesh Sheikh Hasina. I know her pivotal role in women empowerment and women education,” he said.
The UK minister was addressing the inaugural ceremony of the Commonwealth Fair 2019 at Kensington Town Hall in London on Saturday, said the Bangladesh High Commission in London on Sunday.
Lord Ahmad said the Commonwealth Fair is playing an important role in promoting women education.
Bangladesh High Commission in London with the support of the Commonwealth Girls Education Fund (CGEF) hosted the fair.
The colourful fair was inaugurated with the national anthems of Bangladesh and the UK.
Bangladesh High Commissioner to the UK Saida Muna Tasneem said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina was honoured with “Planet 50-50 Champion” and “Agent of Change” awards in 2016 for her outstanding contributions to women empowerment.
She said Sheikh Hasina has now become a role model of women development and women education.
Bangladesh High Commission in cooperation the Bangladeshi-British community has collected 15,000 pounds for the Commonwealth Girls Education Fund (CGEF).
Commonwealth Countries League (CCL) President Nalini Paranavitane, Commonwealth Secretariat Deputy Secretary General Dr Arjoon Suddhoo, Commonwealth Girls Education Fund Chairman (CGEF) Chairman Roxanne St Clair, CCL patron Louisa Service, OBE and Commonwealth Fair Coordinator Cecilia Muchemi also spoke at the inaugural session of the fair.
A total of 38 countries took part in the fair and 34 institutions showcased products.
President of Observer Research Foundation (ORF) Samir Saran on Sunday said the Indo Pacific should not be about America trying to contain China or China trying to contain someone else; rather it should be centrally about the people who live in Indo Pacific region.
“It’s time to move beyond security and politics and we’ve have to focus on what really matters us,” said Saran who belongs to one of Asia’s most influential think tanks.
The ORF President was addressing a joint press conference ahead of 'Dhaka Global Dialogue 2019' together with Bangladesh Institute of International and Strategic Studies (BIISS) Director General Major General AKM Abdur Rahman at the BIISS auditorium.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will inaugurate the 'Dhaka Global Dialogue 2019' at InterContinental Dhaka on Monday morning.
Global experts will come together here at the two-and-a-half day dialogue to discuss and debate the core development issues in the Asian century where all nations can gain from partnership and collaboration.
Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen, ORF President Samir Saran, BIISS DG Abdur Rahman and Chief of Staff and Programmes, ORF Tanoubi Ngangom will also address the inaugural session.
BIISS and ORF, India will co-host the dialogue which seeks to catalyse conversations on what is fast emerging as one of the most important and dynamic political and growth geographies of the world.
They said the unique platform will convene over 150 delegates from over 50 countries to join the brightest minds in Bangladesh to discuss, ideate, and debate the most pressing global imperatives.
BIISS Director General Rahman said the future of Bangladesh is tied closely with its greater neighbourhood.
Therefore, he said, the future of the Indo-Pacific region which happens to be the confluence of two great oceans, lies in conceiving conducive regional architectures that are broad-based and inclusive.
Saran said they truly believe this is the first collaboration of its kind where two rising and emerging developing countries are coming together to share their unique experiences and answer to questions which are the most relevant today.
The BIISS DG said the government’s policy is very simple that Bangladesh will be there with any initiative which benefits the people with growth and development.
“We’ll always be there somewhere there is an interest of Bangladesh in any form,” he said emphasiding on making a convergence instead of countering another effort.
Saran said scholars from every corner of the world, including the USA, China, Russia, the United Kingdom and Australia, will be joining the Dhaka Global Forum. “This is an inclusive forum.”
Asked whether the Rohingya issue will also be discussed, he said they do not think that the Forum is seeking to prevent any conversation.
Rahman said there is no restriction and they have certain panel where most probably the Rohingya issue will automatically come in. “It depends on the speakers. We’ve participant from Myanmar, too.”
The panelists and moderators from home and abroad will cover key areas that include growth and development; commerce, security, privacy and data; enterprise, citizen, business and consumer engagement; culture and commerce in clothing industry; climate security and migration; health and nutrition; political economy of hard infrastructure and influences; convergence of initiatives and paradiplomacy in regional connectivity; unlocking blue economy potentials and sustainable tourism; borderless payments and innovation; transnational threats, cyber security and countering violent extremism; renewable energy; women leadership and women entrepreneurship.
Representatives of the Head of Foreign Missions and different international organisations in Dhaka, leading entrepreneurs, political leaders, heads of think tanks and renowned professors around the world will participate in the dialogue.
The global diverse voices across sectors and geographies will discover new ideas and propose new solutions that serve as an emerging human-centric world order out of the Indo-Pacific.
The dialogue will look at both the emerging regional and global political order and the associated institutional framework.
It will focus on discovering a human-first growth and development policy paradigm.
The Indo-Pacific region is already at the forefront of the global response to two important processes, according to organisers.
Bangladesh’s transition by the power of example will implicate the dimensions of growth for the entire region and beyond, according to ORF.
Similarly, it says, the politics of the Bay of Bengal and the larger Indo-Pacific region will dynamically shape the emerging political order in this century.
Bangladesh, organisers said, will be one of key actors of the Asian century and therefore creating an ‘ideas arena’ to discuss key developments and challenges in Dhaka is an acknowledgement of its role.