Dhaka, May 9 (UNB) – Finance Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal on Thursday said Bangladesh will enter the list of top 20 contributors to the world GDP growth in the next five years.
“Bangladesh will be among the countries, which will have significant contributions to the world economic growth by 2024,” he said.
The Finance Minister made the remark when World Bank acting Country Director in Bangladesh and Bhutan Dandan Chen met him at the minister’s office, said a handout.
Mustafa Kamal said Bangladesh will have a place in the list of 20 countries which will make top-level contributions to the world GDP growth in 2024. “The contributions of Bangladesh economy will be 0.9 percent at that time, while Canada will have the same contributions,” he said citing a recent analysis made by US-based Bloomberg.
He said Bloomberg made the projection based on the recent global economic projection by the International Monetary Fund (IMF).
In the next five years by 2024, China will have the highest 28 percent contributions to the global GDP growth, followed by India with 13.7 percent, the USA with 10.5 percent, said the Finance Minister.
“Our goal is to turn Bangladesh into a developed country by 2041. We can expect that we’ll be able to attain our target before the timeframe seeing the ongoing pace of our progress. Bangladesh will soon be included in the list of G-20 countries,” he said.
Dandan Chen highly praised Bangladesh for economic progress, supporting the forcibly-displaced Rohingyas, measures taken for financial sector reforms, and women’s empowerment and generating employments for them.
She hoped the World Bank’s relations with Bangladesh will be strengthened further in the days to come.
Dhaka, May 9 (UNB) - Bangladesh High Commission in Islamabad hosted an iftar-dinner at Hotel Serena in Islamabad on Thursday.
Bangladesh High Commissioner to Pakistan Tarik Ahsan received the guests and exchanged pleasantries with them and enquired about their well-being, said a press release.
The High Commissioner said during Ramadan, the individual tries to reach a high ground of selflessness in a quest for spiritual purification and the society is revitalised with the values of compassion and fraternity.
He continued that people belonging to all faiths and sects enjoy equal rights in Bangladesh and that the humanistic appeal of Ramadan inspires adherents of all faiths in Bangladesh to engage in sharing and caring in a spirit of human solidarity.
Tarik prayed that the noble teachings of Ramadan guide people to help build a more peaceful and harmonious world.
Ambassadors, High Commissioners and defence advisors from diplomatic missions, politicians, bureaucrats, businessmen, journalists and officials of the Bangladesh High Commission attended the iftar-dinner.
Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Youth Affairs Muhammad Usman Dar, Chairman of Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs Senator Mushahid Hussain Sayed, Convener of National Assembly Friendship Group for Bangladesh MNA Chaudhry Mahmood Bashir Virk, Senator Lt General (retd) Abdul Qayyum, Senator Muhammad Talha Mahmood, former federal Interior Minister A Rahman Malik, former State Minister for Foreign Affairs Nawabzada Malik Amad Khan, Mayor of Islamabad Sheikh Ansar Aziz and Member of National Assembly Mehnaz Akber Aziz were present.
Dhaka, May 9 (UNB) – Newly-appointed Thai Ambassador to Bangladesh Arunrung Phothong Humphreys has sought more Bangladesh-Thai joint ventures to further strengthen trade and economic ties between the two countries.
The envoy made the call when the Board of Directors of the Bangladesh-Thai Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BTCCI) led by its President Mohammad Shahjahan Khan met her recently, said a press release on Thursday.
The bilateral chamber also placed some proposals for enhancing bilateral trade and investment relationship between Bangladesh and Thailand.
Issues like making easier business policies, BTCCI’s more involvement to hold trade fair in Thailand, including more duty-free access of Bangladeshi products, working jointly for Thai Special Economic Zone in Bangladesh, relocating labour intensive industries in Bangladesh were discussed at the meeting.
The Thai Ambassador thanked the Board of Directors as it came forward for the discussions of bilateral issues of Bangladesh and Thailand and assured with all-out cooperation for enhancing bilateral relationship between Bangladesh and Thailand.
The BTCCI President said Bangladesh and Thailand are tested friends and the ethnic historical and cultural ties of both the countries went back to years ago.
She said the investment of some Thai big companies in Bangladesh is the proof of Thailand’s interest to consider Bangladesh as an investment destination.
Dhaka, May 9 (UNB)— Bangladesh’s Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador Masud Bin Momen has called for a strong collaboration among UN Secretariat, member states, and troops and police contributing countries to achieve comprehensive training for peacekeepers.
He was speaking at the open debate on ‘peacekeeping training and capacity building’ at the UN Security Council recently, said Bangladesh mission on Wednesday.
Bangladesh stood fifth among the TCCs/PCCs in contributing female peacekeepers in 2018.
The envoy said that the UN peacekeepers, working in the complex cultural and political situation in a foreign country, require the comprehensive management of training needs.
He underscored three aspects of training and capacity building, namely priorities for training needs, partnership and practices.
Regarding the aspect of priorities for training needs, Ambassador Masud highlighted Bangladesh’s priorities particularly pre-deployment training on awareness against sexual abuse and exploitation.
He also mentioned several training courses under Bangladesh Institute of Peace Support Operations and Training such as Potential Observers and Staff Officers Course, Warrant Officers and Non-Commissioned Officers Peace Support Operations Course and Contingent Members Course, Improvised Explosive Device (IED) training and training for handling modern equipment.
The courses were prepared following UN specified training curriculum and these are reviewed regularly as per the latest guidelines and policies of Integrated Training Service of UNDPO.
On the aspect of partnership, Masud referred to Bangladesh’s partnership with Germany, US PACOM & UNDPKO and UNHQs in ‘IED train the trainer course’, seminar on ‘achieving operational readiness’ and the upcoming ‘Comprehensive Protection of Civilian Course’.
Regarding practices, he emphasised sharing relevant experiences and practices from other UN missions and sharing recommendations of senior mission leaders to mitigate the training gaps in areas of human rights, safety and protection of troops and civilians and gender violence.
Highlighting Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s zero tolerance policy in sexual exploitation and abuse, Ambassador Masud said, “Bangladesh has always stood strongly to support the secretary general’s zero tolerance policy against all forms of sexual exploitation and abuse by peacekeepers.”
He also mentioned that Prime Minister Hasina is a member of the Circle of Leadership on the prevention of and response to sexual exploitation and abuse by peacekeepers.
Ambassador Masud reaffirmed Bangladesh’s strong support to the secretary-general’s initiatives on Peace and Security reforms, Action for Peacekeeping agenda, DPO’s Uniformed Gender Parity Strategy and shared commitments laid out by the Council.
While telling about various success stories of Bangladeshi peacekeepers, he reiterated the country’s commitment to increase female peacekeepers gradually.
The open debate was convened by Indonesia, the President of the UNSC for the current month.
UN Secretary-General António Guterres delivered opening remarks focusing improving and strengthening comprehensive training and its related mandate which is a major shared commitment of the Action for Peacekeeping initiative.
More than 60 member states participated at the event, including 15 members of the council.
Dhaka, May 8 (UNB) - Chinese Ambassador to Bangladesh Zhang Zuo on Wednesday defended its Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) against charges that it creates debt traps saying the BRI partners will now have a better understanding.
He said China and other participating parities have formulated a “debt crisis analysis framework” and this will be very helpful for project financing and risk control.
“We follow a sustainable development pattern in our cooperation projects. We’ve adopted very fair and non-discriminatory policies,” said Ambassador Zuo while responding to a question.
He said the major players and partners of the BRI will have better assessment whether it is a debt trap or not involving its loan for projects under mega infrastructure project
China is helping Bangladesh implement 11 projects, including the Padma Bridge and Karnaphuli Tunnel under the BRI with 2-3 percent interest rate.
Briefing the media and think tanks on the outcomes of second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation (BRF), the envoy said the BRF achieved a series of remarkable outcomes that were held from April 25 to 27 in Beijing.
Ambassador Zuo said Bangladesh is among the first South Asian countries that responded to the BRI.
He said the BRI has become a road of opportunities and development for the people of Bangladesh and China.
“Standing on a new starting point, China and Bangladesh need to play a leading role of head-of-state diplomacy, strive to enhance all-round connectivity that produces multiplying effects in infrastructure development, industrial clustering, economic growth and people’s wellbeing, and deepen our practical cooperation under the BRI,” said the Ambassador.
He said the BRI is a long-term project and a common cause for global partners. “China would like to work with all parties to promote the high-quality Belt and Road cooperation in the spirit of an architect refining the blueprint.”
Ambassador Zuo said they are willing to, together with cooperative partners, sow the seeds and reap the fruits.
“We’ll work to bring more benefits to people around the world, and make more contributions to jointly build a community with a shared future for mankind. We hope our friends from the media and think tanks could continue to lend your support to building the BRI,” he said.
He highlighted six major outcomes summarised from President Xi Jinping’s keynote speech and the first one was drawing the blueprint for future cooperation actions.
The second one, he said, promoting a global partnership of connectivity. So far, 127 countries and 29 international organisations have signed Belt and Road cooperation documents with the Chinese side.
During the forum this year, relevant countries and international organisations also signed over 100 multilateral and bilateral cooperation documents with the Chinese side in fields, including transportation, taxation, trade, auditing, science and technology, culture, think tank, and media, said the Chinese envoy.
Focusing on deepening practical cooperation, building long-term supporting mechanisms and committing to reform and opening up to show China’s sense of responsibility were among the outcomes, he said.
The Ambassador said President Xi Jinping likened the Belt and Road initiative to the two wings of a soaring Asia.
He also stressed that the main partners of the Belt and Road Initiative are China’s neighbors, and they will be the first to benefit from it.
President and CEO of the Bangladesh Enterprise Institute (BEI) Ambassador Farooq Sobhan, Bangladesh Institute of Peace and Security Studies (BIPSS) President Maj Gen (retd) ANM Muniruzzaman, Centre for Policy Dialogue Executive Director Dr Fahmida Khatun and senior officials of the Chinese Embassy in Dhaka were also present.