Dhaka, Apr 30 (UNB) - Australian Ambassador for Women and Girls Dr Sharman Stone on Tuesday highly appreciated the leadership role of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in advancing education for girls and financial and social inclusion of women in society.
Dr Sharman Stone came up with the appreciation when she met State Minister for Foreign Affairs Md Shahriar Alam at his office and discussed various issues.
She said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina achieved Global Women’s Leadership Award in Australia in 2018 for her role in women empowerment.
The State Minister briefed the visiting Ambassador about Bangladesh’s success in establishing gender equality and promoting women empowerment.
The Ambassador assured Australia’s continued assistance for Bangladesh to address social issues causing gender-based violence and improve the ability of women to develop a more inclusive economy.
Shahriar Alam also briefed Dr Sharman about the measures taken by Bangladesh government to mainstream women and girls in national plans.
Dhaka, April 29 (UNB) - Permanent Representative (PR) of Bangladesh to the UN Ambassador Masud Bin Momen has said multilateralism is the key to ensuring cyber security and no single government can manage its security on its own.
"Our only hope for a free, secure, stable, accessible and peaceful ICT environment is through multilateralism," he said.
Ambassador Masud said this while speaking at an event ‘Cyber Security and Capacity Building’ organized by Singapore in collaboration with United Nations Office for Disarmament at the UN headquarters recently, said Bangladesh Mission on Monday.
Ambassador Masud put forward some specific suggestions for creating a strong global cyber security environment.
These are - the UN must continue its norm-setting role in cyber-space by utilizing the Group of Governmental Experts (GGE) and Open-Ended Working Group (OEWG) platforms for defining future rules of the road, enhancing confidence among stakeholders and building security measures.
He said the Member States must demonstrate strong political commitment to ensure a secure cyber space for future generations.
In this context, he mentioned that Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina pledged Bangladesh’s support for promoting a culture of cyber security and called for a UN High-level Conference on Cyber-security in a high level side event organized by Bangladesh on the margins of the high level segment of 73rd UNGA in September 2018.
In absence of a globally accepted norms structure, the principles of the UN Charter and relevant international law should apply to the cyber space, he said.
The Ambassador said the countries need meaningful global cooperation for defending cyber-attacks, creating awareness, developing reliable early-warning systems, creating capacity to coordinate across sectors including Governments and major Transnational Corporations (TNCs).
The countries need constant engagements for sharing best practices to tackle terrorists’ use of cyber space, attacks against critical infrastructures, cyber thefts, and sharing critical information, and data on cyber incidents, he said.
He also said the countries must build public-private partnership to tackle cyber issues.
Mentioning ICT as a key driver of Bangladesh’s sustainable development efforts led by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, the PR said they envision transforming Bangladesh into a digitally advanced middle-income country by 2021 and a developed country by 2041.
"During the last decade, our investments in the ICT sector have paid us rich dividends. We have been able to expand access to ICTs for our people in an unimaginable pace. Taking advantage of e-governance and e-commerce, we could bring services and commodities to the doorsteps of our people. The Government has become more efficient, transparent and accountable in delivering services”.
Ambassador Masud highlighted several steps taken by Bangladesh Government to secure its hard-earn gains from the ICT sector such as building a safer ICT ecosystem, strengthening cyber resilience in financial sectors and promoting cyber-security culture across various administrative, legal and business continuums.
The PR also informed about Bangladesh’s Cyber Security Strategy, National ICT Policy, Information Security Policy Guidelines and Digital Security Act.
He stated that Bangladesh has a target to have at least one thousand cyber security experts by 2021 for capacity building. Ambassador Masud also enumerated several measures of Bangladesh in Cyber Security field such as establishing of Digital Forensic Laboratory and Computer Emergency Response Team.
Izumi Nakamitsu, Under Secretary-General and High Representative for Disarmament Affairs and David Koh, Chief Executive, Cyber Security Agency of Singapore were participated the event among others.
The event was moderated by PR of Singapore Burhan Gafoor.
Dhaka, April 29 (UNB) - Russia has welcomed the idea of involving ASEAN in the Rohingya repatriation process.
It also expressed solidarity with Bangladesh on Rohingya issues and reiterated to continue its support including humanitarian assistance.
The Rohingya issue was discussed in detail during the bilateral talks between Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen and his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov held in Moscow on Monday.
During the meeting, Dr Momen briefed his Russian counterpart on the status of 1.1 million forcibly displaced Myanmar nationals, the Rohingyas, who have taken temporary shelter in Bangladesh.
Dr. Momen sought active support of the Russian Federation in expediting the process of repatriation of these displaced people by encouraging Myanmar to create a conducive environment in the Rakhine state for return of the Rohingya, said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
This was the first official visit of the present Bangladesh Foreign Minister to Moscow and the third as a whole at the invitation of the Russian Foreign Minister.
The two Foreign Ministers took stock of the various aspects of bilateral ties and discussed important regional and multilateral issues of mutual interest.
During the talk, Foreign Minister Dr. Momen reiterated the strong admiration of the people of Bangladesh for the Russian Federation due to the valued support and contribution received from the people of the then Soviet Union during the Liberation War in 1971 and for the rehabilitation and reconstruction efforts after independence.
Both the foreign ministers expressed deep satisfaction over the current progress of bilateral engagements between the two friendly countries.
Dr Momen put emphasis on the initiatives of the two countries to boost the volume of bilateral trade to the expected level.
He urged the Russian investors and companies to enter into joint ventures or 100 percent owned business ventures in the 100 special economic zones, which are currently being set up in Bangladesh as well as in High-Tech Parks.
Lavrov informed that the Economic forum in Saint Petersburg would be the ideal platform for Bangladesh to attract Russian and foreign investors.
Foreign Minister Dr Momen also sought support from Russia for duty-free quota-free access of Bangladesh’s products to the Russian market and also to the member states of the Eurasian Economic Union.
A memorandum of Cooperation between the Government of Bangladesh and the Eurasian Economic Commission is expected to be inked soon.
Both the Foreign Ministers have expressed deep satisfaction on the pace of progress of the project for implementing the Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant under the state export credit extended by the Government of the Russian Federation, which stands as a signature initiative in the bilateral relations.
The Russian Foreign Minister assured Bangladesh of the timely completion of the project and training of the essential scientific and technical personnel.
The two Foreign Ministers expressed their satisfaction over the successful operations and engagements of Gazprom in different gas fields of Bangladesh.
Both the Foreign Ministers expressed their satisfaction over the first meeting of the Intergovernmental Commission on Trade, Economic and Scientific and Technical Cooperation Commission which was held in Moscow in October 2018.
The two Foreign Ministers consented on extending cooperation in the areas of education and culture.
They also expressed satisfaction over the ongoing defence cooperation between the two countries.
They also exchanged opinions and experiences on cooperation in different international and regional fora between Bangladesh and Russia.
He particularly thanked Bangladesh for supporting different Russian candidatures.
They also discussed and exchanged views on the current important global as well as regional issues.
At the end of the bilateral official talks, both the Foreign Ministers took part at a joint press conference.
Later, Momen met with the senior officials of GAZPROM International and discussed about geophysical survey and the exploration of natural resources from the Bay of Bengal with the joint cooperation of BAPEX Bangladesh.
GAZPROM expressed their interest to invest in LNG sector in Bangladesh.
Dhaka, Apr 29 (UNB) – Outgoing Saudi Ambassador to Bangladesh Abdullah Bin HM Al-Mutairi paid his farewell call on Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at her Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban office on Monday evening.
PM's Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim briefed reporters after the meeting.
The Prime Minister congratulated the Saudi ambassador for successfully completing his tenure in Bangladesh, telling him that he can consider Bangladesh as his own country.
She said Bangladesh and Saudi Arabia have historical relations. “Saudi Arabia enjoys a special place in the hearts of Bangladeshis,” she said.
Sheikh Hasina recalled her four visits to Saudi Arabia made during the tenure of the ambassador here and thanked him for playing a key role in arranging the tours.
She conveyed her compliments to Saudi King and Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud.
The Saudi ambassador thanked the Prime Minister for extending cooperation to him during his tenure in Bangladesh.
He expressed satisfaction over the existing bilateral relations between the two countries. “The relationship reached a new height and it’ll continue to strength,” he added.
PM's Principal Secretary Md Nojibur Rahman, Military Secretary Major General Mia Mohammad Zainul Abedin and Bangladesh Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Golam Mosih were present on the occasion.
Dhaka, Apr 29 (UNB)- The Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO) is considering is deeper collaborations around the theme of Bangladesh Delta Plan 2100.
The NWO, who is already engaged with as many as 13 research collocations with different partners in Bangladesh, is keen to expand their research collaborations with Bangladesh research organizations in the coming days.
This was conveyed to Ambassador Sheikh Mohammed Belal by Dr. H.J.J.G Beerkens, Team Leader of WOTRO Science for Global Development and Han Van Dijk, Coordinator, Urbanizing Deltas of the World (UDW) recently at the Embassy of Bangladesh in The Hague, according to a press release.
Terming water as a bonding glue of Bangladesh-the Netherlands relations, Ambassador Belal briefed the NOW delegations about the centrality of Bangladesh Delta Plan 2100 in the Bangladesh’s development discourse and requested NOW to help Bangladesh in imparting capacities for fast and flawless implementation of Bangladesh Delta Plan 2100.
Dijk, while assuring their support for Bangladesh Delta Plan 2100, briefed Ambassador about their projects on urbanizing deltas and NOW’s interests in improving the understanding of complex delta systems in the world with the aim to contribute towards greater water safety, water and food security, and sustainable economic development.
During the meeting, they also discussed the status of ongoing UDW projects like Strategic Delta Planning, Shifting Grounds, Delta-Managed Aquifer Recharge System, Adaptive Delta Management, Hydro-social Deltas, Living Polders, CORE Bangladesh, Small-scale Piper Water Supply and Water apps etc.
Ambassador Belal also sought cooperation in the scientific explorations of marine resources in Bangladesh and hoped that Dutch research institutes will come forward to improve the life and livings of millions of coastal people engaged in the marine sector of Bangladesh with their scientifically proven techniques and technologies.
Both Dr. Beerkens and Dijk thanked Ambassador Belal for Bangladesh Embassy’s confidence in the NWO and assured their deeper engagements with different partners in Bangladesh.
Ambassador Belal, while appreciating their interests in Bangladesh, highlighted the economic potential of Bangladesh Delta Plan 2100 for Dutch businesses through a win-win conglomerate based on decades long partnership between Bangladesh and the Netherlands in the water sector and beyond.
The NOW is an overarching research body that ensures quality and innovation in science in the Netherlands while funding the scientific researches in Dutch Universities and academic institutions.