Dhaka, May 8 (UNB) – The government of Bangladesh on Wednesday signed a $165 million grant financing agreement with the World Bank to provide basic services and build disaster and social resilience for Rohingyas taken shelter in Cox’s Bazar fleeing violence in Myanmar.
To help Bangladesh deal with the world’s fastest growing exodus, the Emergency Multi-Sector Rohingya Crisis Response Project will build 53 multipurpose disaster shelters in and around the camps, pave more than 200 km of roads, provide water and sanitation services for around 200,000 people, and set up 1,500 solar street lights.
The project will also help strengthen emergency response services, provide community works and services, and prevent gender-based violence.
Monowar Ahmed, Secretary of Economic Relations Division (ERD) and Dandan Chen, World Bank Acting Country Director for Bangladesh and Bhutan inked the agreement on behalf of their respective sides at the ERD office in the city, said a WB release.
Dandan Chen said Bangladesh has generously provided shelter to about a million Rohingya refugees but the needs of both the Rohingya and the host community are huge. “This project addresses the current refugee crisis but goes further to help strengthen the government’s overall capacity to plan, coordinate and respond to emergencies,” she said.
Monowar Ahmed said, “We’re happy that the World Bank has joined hands with grant support to build disaster resilience and basic infrastructure and improve service delivery for the forcibly-displaced Rohingya population.”
The $165million grant is the third in a series of planned financings of approximately half a billion dollars announced by the World Bank in June 2018.
Earlier, the World Bank committed a $75 million grant that includes a $13 million from Canada, to meet health and learning needs of the Rohingya.
Dhaka, May 8 (UNB) – British High Commissioner to Bangladesh Robert Chatterton Dickson has reiterated the UK government’s commitment to work with the International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh (icddr,b).
“Research and innovations have a vital role to play at the heart of public health policymaking and implementation, and I look forward to working with icddr,b to ensure we’ve the best possible advice from the best experts, based on the strongest evidence,” he said.
The UK High Commissioner made the remarks while he along with his wife Teresa Albor paid his first visit to icddr,b in the city’s Mohakhali area on Tuesday, said a press release on Wednesday.
It said the envoy and his wife were very keen to learn about icddr,b, a world–renowned public health research institution and its recent emergency response role in Rohingya crisis.
Dickson and Albor were welcomed by icddr,b’s Executive Director Prof John D Clemens.
During their visit, Prof Clemens presented an overview of icddr,b and how UKAid contributes to its continued excellence in scientific discovery.
He explained how icddr,b provides basic and implementation research and knowledge translation to solve major public health problems facing low- and middle-income countries in the world.
Chatterton Dickson was not only impressed by the volume of public health research, but was struck by how easily the research gets translated to low-cost solutions to serve people in need in Bangladesh and other parts of the world, the release said.
Prof Clemens said icddr,b’s research is supported by a combination of core support from bilateral donors and grant income. UKAid is one of the top three research grant providers.
Dhaka, May 8 (UNB) – Thirty six IT companies from Bangladesh are participating in the prestigious ‘Japan IT Week’ that began on Wednesday at the Tokyo Big Sight with a view to expand business relation between the IT sectors of the two countries.
IT companies from around the world are showcasing their latest IT products and services at the exhibition that will continue until May 10.
Ambassador of Bangladesh to Japan Rabab Fatima visited the stalls at the Bangladesh pavilion and exchanged views with the visiting Bangladeshi entrepreneurs.
She assured them of the necessary support from the embassy.
Later a seminar on the prospects of Bangladesh’s IT sector in Japan was held at the same venue. Many business representatives of Japanese IT firms joined the seminar, according to Bangladesh Embassy in Japan.
Ambassador Rabab Fatima said the event was an outcome of the growing interest of Japan in Bangladesh as the next IT destination.
She pointed out that Bangladesh aims to achieve US$ 5 billion of export from the ICT sector; employing at least 2 million; with its contribution to the GDP to be at least 5 percent.
Terming the IT sector as the mirror which reflects the overall development of Bangladesh, the Ambassador said that in line with the goal of ‘Digital Bangladesh’, the government of Bangladesh is encouraging investment in IT sector.
The government’s supports ranges from developing IT-skilled human resources, infrastructure development, connectivity establishment, and so on, she added.
The Ambassador hoped that the event would open new horizons for connecting and establishing business between two countries. She urged the Japanese IT entrepreneurs to invest more in Bangladesh.
Besides, Hosne Ara Begum, Managing Director of Bangladesh High-Tech Park Authority (BHTPA), former president of BASIS Mahbub Zaman and Yasuhiro Akashi of BJIT Inc were present.
The seminar was organized by the Embassy of Bangladesh in Japan in collaboration with ICT Division; BHTPA, Bangladesh Computer Council (BCC) and Bangladesh Association of Software & Information Services (BASIS).
It was supported by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO), United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), Japan-Bangladesh Committee for Commercial & Economic Co-operation (JBCCEC), Information-technology Promotion Agency (IPA) Japan, Center of the International Co-operation for Computerization (CICC), Japan Information Technology Services Industry Association (JISA), Computer Software Association of Japan (CSAJ) and Bangladeshi IT Professionals in Japan (BITPJ).
Meanwhile, Bangladesh -Japan IT B2B Meeting 2019 was held on Tuesday in the Fujitsu Research Institute (FRI), Tokyo.
It was second such meeting between the IT companies of two countries after the inaugural meeting in 2015.
Twenty Bangladeshi and twenty-four Japanese companies had exclusive business meetings to discuss and exchange views among themselves on the business potentials of IT sector.
Dhaka, May 7 (UNB) - Bangladesh and India on Tuesday discussed various aspects of making a feature film on the life and works of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
The shooting of the film is expected to begin by November next.
The issue was discussed at a meeting between Secretary Amit Khare and other officials of India’s Ministry of Information and Broadcasting and a Bangladesh delegation led by Prime Minister’s International Affairs Adviser Dr Gowher Rizvi in New Delhi.
Bangladesh High Commissioner to New Delhi Syed Muazzem Ali was also present, said an official.
The film on Bangabandhu is slated to be released by March 17, 2021 marking his birth centenary. Work on the biopic on Bangabandhu will complete before the end of the ‘Mujib Year 2020-21’.
The movie will be directed by acclaimed filmmaker Shyam Benegal who, along with scriptwriter of the movie Atul Tiwari, was also present during the meeting.
The coproduction of a documentary on Bangladesh Liberation War was also discussed at the meeting.
It was mutually agreed that the director of the documentary would be from Bangladesh who would be assisted by a co-director from India.
On April 3, renowned Indian film director and screenwriter Shyam Benegal met Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at her official residence Ganobhaban and discussed various aspects of the preparations for the biopic to be made on Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
The film based on Bangabandhu’s biography will be made under the joint production of the governments of Bangladesh and India.
In 2017, the two countries signed an agreement to produce the film on Bangabandhu and a documentary on the Liberation War.
Dhaka, May 7 (UNB) – Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has said Ramadan, with its focus on compassion, restraint and charity, is a fitting moment to affirm these eternal values.
“I join Australia’s Muslim community in welcoming the beginning of this holy month and all the peace and fulfillment it may bring. Ramadan Mubarak,” he said in a message shared by the Australian High Commission here on Tuesday.
The Australian Prime Minister said across their country, there are prayers as well not just in mosques but in churches, synagogues and temples as well.
“This is what conquers evil. This is what conquers hate. Understanding will conquer division, tolerance will conquer fear, and love will always triumph over all,” said Morrison.
During the holy month of Ramadan, Muslims across Australia and the world observe sacred traditions commemorating the miraculous revelation of the Qur’an, he said adding, “For the Muslim community, it is a time for prayers and fasting, and for reflection and intense devotion.”
The Australian Prime Minister said their Muslim community is an integral part of the rich tapestry that is multicultural Australia. “Our shared commitment to tolerance, respect and inclusion binds us to one another, and makes our multicultural, multi-faith society one of the most harmonious in the world.”
He said the recent terrible events in Christchurch are a reminder of why all must strive to continually strengthen these ideals.
“In the days that followed the terrorist atrocity, we saw Australians from all walks of life reach out to our New Zealand family. Our Muslim community led the way extending a hand to their brethren in New Zealand,” said the Australian Prime Minister.