Dhaka, Jun 18 (UNB) – Visiting UAE Minister of State for Food Security Mariam Al Mehairi on Tuesday said her country is keen to import safe and halal meat and fish from Bangladesh.
She expressed the interest during a meeting with State Minister for Fisheries and Livestock Ashraf Ali Khan Khasru.
A UAE delegation, led by Mariam, met Khasru at his office, said an official release.
During the meeting, the state minister informed the UAE junior minister about Bangladesh’s huge development in producing fish and livestock, including cow, buffalo and goat, and self-sufficiency in this regard.
He also offered her to import cattle meat and fish from Bangladesh.
Mariam wanted to know whether the fish and cattle meat produced by Bangladesh would be safe and halal for import by her country.
In reply, the State Minister assured her that meat and fish produced by Bangladesh are safe and halal.
He also informed her that Bangladesh got no objection certificate from the European Union for exporting fish.
The junior ministers also discussed some other issues relating to mutual interests of the two friendly nations.
Meanwhile, in another meeting with Agriculture Minister Dr Abdur Razzaque, Mariam said her country wants to use Bangladesh’s experience in ensuring food security and food autarky.
During the meeting at Razzaque’s office, the UAE junior minister highly appreciated Bangladesh for achieving food sufficiency and food security.
She also expressed her country’s interests in setting up a food processing factory in Bangladesh.
Mariam also said the UAE wants to help Bangladesh in developing infrastructure and the agriculture sector.
She said her government will encourage their private institutions to invest in Bangladesh’s agriculture sector.
The UAE junior minister also assured that her country will assist Bangladesh in using its agriculture potentials.
The Agriculture Minister informed Mariam about Bangladesh’s advancement in the sector, and shared the country’s experience in ensuring food security.
Dhaka, June 18 (UNB) – Miyavi, a musician, actor and UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador, has hoped that a future solution to the Rohingya crisis can be found quickly.
“We all know what needs to happen. We hope that the leadership can be found to courageously go forward in a way that brings hope for the future," he said on Tuesday after visiting Rohingya camps for two days.
Miyavi met Rohingya children in Cox’s Bazar on Sunday and Monday.
This is his second visit to the Rohingya camps after the first one that took place in February 2018.
Since 25 August 2017, when violence broke out in Rakhine State, Myanmar, more than 800,000 Rohingya sought refuge in Bangladesh.
The vast majority of them are women and children, and more than 55 percent are under 18 years old.
Together with Rohingyas who fled Myanmar in consecutive waves of displacement since the early 1990s, currently over 1.2 million Rohingyas are living in Cox’s Bazar.
Miyavi appreciated Bangladesh’s host communities in Cox’s Bazar which generously supported refugees since their arrival in August 2017.
“The second visit enabled me to understand not only the progress in place but how it is advancing. These progresses include upgrade of shelters and reinforcement of community facilities as part of monsoon preparedness, and the UNHCR-government of Bangladesh joint registration exercise that’s essential for effective delivery of humanitarian aid," said the music star.
He also observed earth-moving work and development of infrastructures on the land additionally provided by the government as well as volunteer activities by young Rohingyas.
"Since my last visit, there’ve been many improvements in the camps. UNHCR and other agencies are supporting not only the refugees but also the host communities who were the first responders to the refugee crisis," he said.
The host communities have been supporting Rohingyas by sharing their lands and resources, the actor said.
"Through such support given by the host communities, I believe refugee can regain their dignity and
hopes for the future," Miyavi said.
In Cox’s Bazar, Miavi met children at a primary school in Kutupalong established in the 1990s, as well as children at a Learning Center established after 2017.
Currently education provided at Learning Centers by aid agencies is not accredited and offers basic subjects like English, mathematics, life skills and Myanmar.
The Goodwill Ambassador said, “After the immediate emergency phase had passed, refugees are now facing another challenge, how to rebuild their lives. Parents are concerned about education - what kind of education they can provide with their children."
All the parents wish their children to have good education, no matter where they live in the world, he said adding, "Myanmar also needs these children to be educated, for when they go back after they feel safe doing so.”
The Goodwill Ambassador planned his trip back to Bangladesh because he felt it was important to see what progress was made since the emergency.
His first visit was in the middle of the emergency response when many services were basic or being established.
“I’m happy to come back and see the Rohingya people here again. I see that the conditions in the refugee camps have improved a lot since my last visit in early 2018, just after the crisis," he said.
The music star said this time, what he felt more was an anxiety about the future.
"People are worried about what next. They want to go home. They can see Myanmar’s mountains in the near distance, but they do not yet feel safe to go back,” said Miyavi.
Dhaka, June 18 (UNB) – The Indian High Commission here will celebrate the International Day of Yoga at Bangabandhu National Stadium on Friday.
The High Commission requested the intending participants to wear rubber slippers or sandals to ensure that the grass on the ground does not get damaged.
Ministers and celebrities are likely to attend the programme that will begin at 6am. Indian High Commissioner in Dhaka Riva Ganguly Das will also join it.
The programme includes yoga demonstration and a mass yoga session. Entry to the event is free. Yoga mats and T-shirts will be served on first-come, first serve basis.
Thousands of people from all walks of life wearing blue and yellow T-shirts joined last year’s programme practising the ancient Indian discipline.
Yoga is an ancient physical, mental and spiritual practice that originated in India. The word ‘yoga’ derives from Sanskrit and means to join or to unite, symbolising the union of body and consciousness.
Recognising its universal appeal, the United Nations proclaimed June 21 as the International Day of Yoga by a resolution on December 11, 2014.
Today it is practised in various forms around the world and continues to grow in popularity, according to the UN.
The International Day of Yoga aims to raise awareness worldwide of the many benefits of practicing yoga.
The theme of 2019 is ‘Climate Action.’
The fifth annual International Day of Yoga will be celebrated at the United Nations on Thursday with "Yoga with Gurus," followed by a panel discussion on June 21.
Dhaka, June 18 (UNB) – The South and Southeast Asia Commodity Expo and Investment Fair (SSACEIF) ends in Kunming, China on Tuesday, bringing “more opportunities” for China, South and Southeast Asian countries.
The grand trade and investment fair began on June 12 in Yunnan Province’s capital Kunming, China’s major gateway to Southeast Asia and South Asia, highlighting China's closer ties with the region as it pushes forward the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).
Commerce Minister Tipu Munshi, at the opening ceremony, said the government of Bangladesh is putting in efforts to turn Bangladesh into an important manufacturing hub in Asia and urged the countries, including China, to avail themselves of the massive investment opportunities.
The Commerce Minister expressed happiness saying SSACEIF is attracting ever greater attention to South and Southeast Asia.
"This grand expo is providing a huge platform to the private businesses investment opportunities. We hope it’ll contribute meaningfully to bring the peoples and economies of these regions closer," said Minister Tipu Munshi.
India is occupying the largest number of booths -- 240 -- demonstrating growing engagement between China and India on trade and investment front. Bangladesh set up 19 stalls in the fair.
Staff members perform to promote tourism products on The South and Southeast Asia Commodity Expo and Investment Fair (SSACEIF) in Kunming, capital of southwest China's Yunnan Province, June 12, 2019. UNB/XINHUA
The mega exposition at the Kunming Dianchi Lake International Convention and Exhibition Center is featuring 17 pavilions and 7,500 booths, including the Belt and Road Investment and Cooperation pavilion, the green energy pavilion and the forest ecological products pavilion on a total exhibition area of 170,000 square metres.
The BRI and Cooperation Pavilion aims to build an efficient communication platform for investors, and comprehensively demonstrate Yunnan's advantages in terms of opening up, development and opportunities under the BRI.
There are mainly six exhibition areas -- thematic, Southeast Asia, South Asia, international, domestic and never ending CSA Expo.
For the first time, the BRI Investment Cooperation Pavilion, Green Energy Pavilion, Forest Eco Products Pavilion and the Digital Yunnan Exhibition Area are set up in the fair venue.
Some 3,348 enterprises from 73 countries, regions and international organisations, business leaders, experts and scholars as well as about 167 representatives from ministries and local governments are attending the fair.
The theme of this year's fair is ‘Gather at the Opening-up Frontier Together, Build the Radiation Center Together and Share Prosperity and Development Together’.
Exhibitors demonstrate the making of ethnic crafts on The South and Southeast Asia Commodity Expo and Investment Fair (SSACEIF) in Kunming, capital of southwest China's Yunnan Province, June 12, 2019.UNB/XINHUA
This year's theme country is Sri Lanka and the host country is Cambodia.
Chhuon Dara, Cambodian Commerce Ministry Secretary of State, said the BRI provides a platform for international cooperation, boosts international exchanges, helps build a global economic system and promotes international trade and investment, according to Xinhua.
According to Kunming customs, Yunnan's trade with members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) increased 13.6 percent year-on-year to reach 44.2 billion yuan (6.4 bln U.S. dollars) in the first five months of this year. Its trade with South Asian nations surged 75.4 percent to over 1.5 billion yuan in the same period.
Zhang Guohua, vice governor of Yunnan, said Yunnan has become more open with the help of better transport infrastructure and a batch of cross-border cooperative projects.
Infrastructure interconnectivity has provided more opportunities to Thailand, said Sithichai Jindaluang, deputy governor of Udon Thani Province, Thailand.
The China-Laos-Thailand International Railway Corridor will promote trade and investment between the three countries, he said
Statistics show that the total trade volume between southwest China's Yunnan Province and the five countries in the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) increased 5.6 percent year on year in 2018.
Ruwan Edirisingh, president of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said the Southeast Asia Commodity Expo along with the China-South Asia Exposition has boosted the economic exchanges between China and South Asia, which have maintained rapid economic growth in recent years.
South Asia boasts abundant natural resources while China has obvious advantages in financial and industrial technology. Therefore, the two sides have great cooperative potential, Ruwan Edirisingh said, adding that Chinese enterprises will enjoy more preferential policies when investing in South Asia.
In 2018, China's imports and exports with South Asian countries totaled 140.1 billion in 2018, up 10.5 percent year on year.
Sune Detvongsa, vice president of the Lao National Institute of Economics, said e-commerce and the digital economy will become important driving forces for regional economic growth and industrial transformation. “Governments need to make greater coordination and efforts to maximize the opportunities brought about by regional cooperation and connectivity.”
Dhaka, June 18 (UNB) - An independent review into how the UN System operated in Myanmar in the years leading up to the mass exodus of the Rohingya following serious human rights abuses has concluded there were “systemic and structural failures” that prevented a unified strategy from being implemented.
The report by former Guatemalan Foreign Affairs Minister Gert Rosenthal said the UN System overall had been “relatively impotent to effectively work with the authorities of Myanmar, to reverse the negative trends in the areas of human rights, and consolidate the positive trends in other areas.”
Rosenthal is a former UN Ambassador and top executive at the UN’s Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), according to UN News.
The review, published on Monday, covers the period 2010-2018, encompassing the UN’s response to the systematic and brutal abuse of hundreds-of-thousands of mainly-Muslim Rohingya in Rakhine state, by the national army and security forces, which began in August 2017, described by the UN human rights chief at the time as a text book example of ethnic cleansing.
In his conclusions and recommendations, Rosenthal writes that responsibility for the grave abuses wrests mainly with the Myanmar government.
But although the UN’s systematic failures are not down to any single entity or any individuals, “clearly there is a shared responsibility on the part of all parties involved in not having been able to accompany the Government’s political process with constructive actions, while at the same time conveying more forcefully the United Nations’ principled concerns regarding grave human rights violations”.
He also notes the UN Security Council should bear some responsibility, “by not providing enough support to the Secretariat, when such backing was and continues to be essential”.
Rosenthal said the key lesson was “to foster an environment encouraging different entities of the UN System to work together” to reinforce a “broader, system-wide strategy”.
The UN Spokespersons’ Office, reacting to the report, said UN chief Antonio Guterres was “grateful to Rosenthal for producing a candid, forthright and useful report. The entire report, including its conclusions and recommendations, has been transmitted to the Member States”.
Guterres said he was accepting the recommendations “and is committed to implementing them so as to improve the performance of the United Nations system. This review is valuable for the Resident Coordinator and the UN Country Team in Myanmar, as well as in other countries where the UN operates in similarly challenging conditions”.
The UN chief noted that no individual or agency was being singled out, and said it was useful for analysing how the UN can work more effectively on the ground and possible lessons learned for the future.
“The Secretary-General notes the report’s assessments are in line with the Secretary-General’s own efforts to put a greater emphasis on prevention, and also to improve the performance and accountability of the UN at a country level by creating a new generation of UN country teams and more adapted structures at the headquarters level”, said the Office of the Spokesperson.
Guterres indicated he would be following up to ensure that the recommendations are implemented.