Dhaka, April 16 (UNB) – Bangladesh on Tuesday invited the Slovenian businessmen to explore enhanced trade and investment opportunities between the two countries.
State Minister for Foreign Affairs M Shahriar Alam extended the invitation mentioning the investment-friendly environment in Bangladesh.
When Ambassador of the Republic of Slovenia to Bangladesh with residence in New Delhi Jozef Drofenik met the State Minister at the latter's office in the morning, Shahriar also said there is an ample scope of cooperation in the field of agriculture, education, culture, trade and economic cooperation, science and technology.
Recalling the support of the then Yugoslavia in the Liberation War in 1971 and subsequent assistance for reconstruction of the war-torn economy of Bangladesh in the post-Liberation War period (early 70s), the State Minister expressed gratitude to the Slovenian people and stressed enhancing the existing bilateral relations between the two time-tested friendly countries in the days ahead.
He emphasised the importance of the high-level visits by recalling the visit of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman to the former Yugoslavia in the early years of Bangladesh’s independence.
Ambassador Drofenik assured the State Minister of exploring all the possible areas of mutual cooperation between the countries to strengthen and deepen the bilateral engagements of the two countries.
During the discussion, the Ambassador mentioned that the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Slovenia would like to visit Bangladesh in the first week of July 2019 for Foreign Office Consultation.
Apart from bilateral issues, views on regional and international issues of mutual concern were exchanged during the meeting. Both sides agreed to maintain cooperation in different multilateral platforms.
Dhaka, April 16 (UNB) – Bangladesh has sought collective efforts of the international community to save the planet.
Finance Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal made the call at the general debate of the ECOSOC (Economic and Social Council) Forum on Financing for Development (FFD) at the UN Headquarters on Monday.
He said climate change is hugely impacting Bangladesh’s development efforts although it is not responsible for it, according to Permanent Mission of Bangladesh to the United Nations (UN).
The Finance Minister also urged the international community to revisit the policy to extend support measures to the graduating countries in the initial stages in order to help them to enjoy and maintain a smooth and sustained graduation.
Mentioning the visionary leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for achieving sustained graduation, the Finance Minister said graduation from the LDC category has been national aspiration and Bangladesh has been making fast strides to achieve sustainable development articulated in its national Vision 2021 and Vision 2041.
The Minister mentioned that the growth rate of Bangladesh has gone up from 6.5 percent in 2014 to 8.13 percent in 2018 and the per capita GNI has increased by more than 250 percent between 2006 and 2018.
He observed that Bangladesh could reduce the poverty level from 40 percent in 2006 to 21.4 percent in 2018 by adopting an inclusive and equitable development policy.
“We are a nation of 160 million people with a common dream of transforming the country into ‘Sonar Bangla’ –‘a developed nation’ by 2041 following the aspiration of our founding Father of the Nation, Bangabandu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman,” the Minister added.
Displaced Rohingyas are putting a considerable stress on Bangladesh’s development
Mentioning that the forcibly displaced Rohingya from Myanmar are putting a considerable stress on Bangladesh’s development the Minister emphasized on their sustainable repatriation to their homeland.
He also urged the international community to come forward for the permanent solution of this crisis.
The UN secretary-general, president of the General Assembly, ministers from members states, high-level officials from ministries of finance, foreign affairs and development cooperation, executive directors of the World Bank and IMF, as well as senior officials from the UN system, including the major stakeholders, and other international organizations, civil society organizations, the business sector and local authorities participated at the 4th FFD forum being held in New York.
The ECOSOC Forum on Financing for Development (FFD) follow-up is an intergovernmental process with universal participation mandated to review the implementation of the Addis Ababa Action Agenda (Addis Agenda) and other financing for development outcomes and the means of implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The fourth ECOSOC Forum on Financing for Development (FFD Forum) commenced on 15 April and will end on 18 April 2019.
The Finance Minister met UNDP administrator Achim Steiner and Executive Director of Green Climate Fund Yannick Glemarec at the sideline of the event.
Dhaka, April 16 (UNB) - One thousand origami paper cranes folded by hundreds of Rohingya people in Cox’s Bazar flew to Hiroshima and conveyed their wish and message for peace to Japanese people.
Japanese Ambassador Hiroyasu Izumi and Representative of UNHCR in Japan Diek Hebecker on Tuesday handed the colorful one thousand origami cranes dedicatedly folded by displaced persons who fled from Myanmar to Vice Mayor of Hiroshima City Shiro Tani.
Rohingya people in Cox’s Bazar made one thousand origami paper cranes, praying for peace, according to Japanese Embassy in Dhaka.
They heard about the tragedy of atomic bombing in Hiroshima that killed many people at once in 1945, and a story of Sadako Sasaki who passed away at the age of 12, due to after-effect of atomic bombing.
"These people from Myanmar were forcibly placed in the most difficult situation, yet they still feel compassion to other people who faced difficulties. Such sympathy they showed and wish for peace are more precious than anything else," said Ambassador Izumi.
He hoped that many Japanese people will learn more about the cruel situation they are facing and feel compassion toward them.
The handover of one thousand cranes were widely covered by Japanese media.
It will be displayed in Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum.
Dhaka, Apr 15 (UNB) - The Embassy of Bangladesh in Seoul celebrated Bangla New Year 1426 in a colourful manner on Sunday at the City Hall, one of the centres of Seoul.
The event was attended by over 700 guests, including ambassadors and diplomats of different embassies, Korean nationals, and members of different social organisations of Bangladesh community as well as expatriate Bangladeshis.
On this auspicious occasion, the auditorium was decorated with colourful banners, festoons, balloons etc. Booths were also set up with Bangladeshi handicrafts inside the auditorium, said a press release on Monday.
Yim Geun-Hyeong, Ambassador for International Relations to Seoul Metropolitan Government, graced the occasion as the guest of honour.
The event began with the singing of esho hey Baishakh by the Embassy family.
Wishing a happy new year, Ambassador of Bangladesh to the Republic of Korea Abida Islam said the participation of the people in the event irrespective of religion and caste is indicative of secular spirit of Bangladesh.
She also pointed out the similarities between the Bengali New Year and Korean New Year Seollal.
Greeting happy New Year, Yim Geun-Hyeong highly admired about Bengali culture in his congratulatory remarks.
One of the major attractions of the event was Mangal Shobhajatra. Wearing colourful dresses, the people participated in this procession with masks, banners and flags.
Dance performances ‘abohoman Bangla’ and ‘jonmechhi ei deshe’, performed by a 10-member dance troupe from Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, mesmerised the audience.
In the three-hour long cultural segment, the Korean artists played harmonica and performed soprano.
The expatriate Bangladeshis also performed song, dance and recitation in this segment. The guests were served with traditional panta-ilish and different types of smashed items.
Other Bangladesh missions abroad, including Bangladesh High Commission in New Delhi, Bangladesh Embassy in Athens, Bangladesh Embassy in Paris and Deputy High Commission in Karachi, also celebrated Pahela Baishakh.
Dhaka, Apr 15 (UNB) – It was a Sunday with a difference. On the first day of Bangla New Year 1426, Bangladesh High Commission in New Delhi wore a festive look.
Children, in coulourful dress, women in red-bordered sari and men in pyjama-punjabi greeted each other with Shubho Naboborsho in celebrations of Pahela Baishakh, the first day of Bangla New Year, said the High Commission on Monday.
This has been an ancient tradition of the Bangalees since Mughal Emperor Akbar introduced it in 1556 to facilitate tax collection in the harvesting season.
It was a day of music, dance, Mangal Shobhajatra and enjoying the traditional Bangla food as the Delhi mission joined the compatriots at home and all over the world to welcome the day with Rabindranath Tagore’s “Esho heh BaishaikhEsho.” (Come, on Baishakh, Come.)
With the beat of drums and dugdugi (a traditional musical instrument) children, accompanied by women, went round the mission’s Maitree Hall in staging the Mangal Shobhajatra waving replicas of birds, animals, boats, palank and masks highlighting the spirit of secularism and cultural tradition of Bangalees.
They were greeted with thunderous applause from the audience comprising the Bengali community of New Delhi and the members of the mission.
The Mangal Shobhajatra (the procession of good wishes) is a tribute to the secular feature of the festival that has evolved over the years and become an integral part of Bangladesh’s struggle for political and cultural freedom from the tyranny of Pakistan, of which Bangladesh was a part until its independence achieved through a War of Liberation in 1971.
The event also signifies the eternal fight of the good against the evil.
It has been a part of the tradition since late 80s, organised by the teachers and students of Bangladesh Fine Art Institute. The Unesco recognised the pageant as the intangible cultural heritage of the humanity.
Syed Muazzem Ali, Bangladesh High Commissioner to India, wrote in his Pahela Baishakh article in the Indian Express how Chhayanaut, a premier cultural organisation, used the celebrations of PahelaBaishakh as a tool to fight the religious oppression of Pakistan regime.
It was Chhayanaut which first held a public music event at Ramna Batamul in 1967 in celebrations of Pahela Baishakh.
“That marked the beginning of the Bengali nobobarsha in the capital city of Dhaka,” wrote the high commissioner.
“The Pakistani authorities did not look at this development favourably and various attempts were made to kill this initiative. The more they tried to suppress the indomitable Bengali spirit, the more fiercely we resisted and the crowd kept getting bigger every year.”
No to Hilsa
The New Delhi mission decided against offering Hilsa fish, a Bengali delicacy, to guests in response to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s call urging people not to eat the fish at this time.
Only mother hilsa, ready to lay eggs, are available at this time of the season. So, catching mother Hilsa is seen as a culinary offence in Bangladesh. Instead of Hilsa, Ruhi fish was served with Bhuna Khichuri, murighanta, bhaji and bhorta in true Bengali tradition.
The programme was rounded off with a musical soiree by a cultural troupe, led by artist Samina Dey Urmi.