Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen on Thursday sought global support through "close partnership and collaboration" to achieve Bangladesh's development goals addressing challenges ahead, including a solution to the Rohingya crisis.
"I believe in partnership… I believe in collaboration. We need your help and support to achieve our goals," he said adding that he has no reason not to believe that Bangladesh can achieve its development goals ahead.
The Foreign Minister was addressing a function titled 'Special Briefing on Contemporary Political Issues' at a city hotel on Thursday night.
International Affairs Sub Committee of Bangladesh Awami League arranged the briefing for diplomats stationed in Dhaka.
Committee secretary Dr Shammi Ahmed delivered the welcome address before the question-answer session.
Education Minister Dr Dipu Moni and President of the committee Ambassador M Zamir and Prime Minister's Special Assistant Shah Ali Farhad were, among others, present.
The Foreign Minister described the challenges ahead, including climate change, and sought international community's support to address those challenges saying Bangladesh cannot do it alone.
He said Bangladesh seeks close partnership and collaboration from the global community as its resources are not adequate enough.
On Rohingya issue, he urged the international community to put more pressure on Myanmar and use their leverage so that Myanmar takes back its nationals from Bangladesh.
He said the longer stay of Rohingyas in Bangladesh might create pockets of radicalism posing threats to Bangladesh and beyond.
Bangladesh is now hosting over 1.1 million Rohingyas who fled Rakhine state after being persecuted by their own country.
Myanmar did not take back a single Rohingya from Bangladesh over the last two years but Myanmar, rather in its attempt to “mislead” the international community, claimed that a total of 397 displaced people have voluntarily returned from Bangladesh.
Two repatriation attempts were unsuccessful as Myanmar failed to remove trust deficit among the Rohingyas and there was lack of conducive environment in Rakhine for their return.
Bangladesh has given shelter to forcibly displaced Rohingyas from Myanmar on 6,800 acres of forest land in Cox’s Bazar and their presence is "affecting ecosystem".
Dr Momen laid emphasis on the voluntary return of Rohingyas to their homes in Rakhine state with safety, security and dignity which he thinks the only solution to the crisis.
Bangladesh, as one of the world’s most vulnerable countries to climate change, has also become one of the most resilient countries.
Dr Momen said a one-metre rise in sea-level is likely to uproot nearly 30 million people of Bangladesh and climate vulnerability is costing nearly 1-3 percent of the country’s annual GDP growth rate.
The United States has said it looks forward to continuing dialogue with both ‘focus countries and countries of concern’ to thwart transnational organised crime engaged in wildlife trafficking.
The 2019 Focus Countries are India, Bangladesh, Brazil, Myanmar, Cambodia, Cameroon, China, Congo, Gabon, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, Indonesia, Kenya, Laos, Madagascar, Malaysia, Mexico, Mozambique, Nigeria, the Philippines, South Africa, Tanzania, Thailand, Togo, Uganda, United Arab Emirates, Vietnam, and Zimbabwe, according to the US Department of State.
Many ‘Focus Countries’ have taken significant steps to combat wildlife trafficking, including in partnership with the United States.
The 2019 ‘countries of concern’ are Madagascar, Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Laos.
The State Department submitted the third annual report to Congress as required by the Eliminate, Neutralize, and Disrupt Wildlife Trafficking Act of 2016 (the END Wildlife Trafficking Act) on Wednesday.
Wildlife trafficking is a serious transnational crime that threatens security, economic prosperity, the rule of law, long-standing conservation efforts, and human health, said the State Department.
The US government’s three-pronged approach to combating wildlife trafficking—strengthening law enforcement, reducing demand, and building international cooperation—deprives criminals of a key source of financing, reducing the criminal threat posed to US citizens.
Each ‘Focus Country’ is a major source, transit point, or consumer of wildlife trafficking products or their derivatives, said the US government.
A three-day trade conference titled ‘Australia-Bangladesh Trade Conference, 2019’ will be held in Sydney on November 13-15 to further strengthen the growing Bangladesh-Australia trade links.
The trade conference will bring together businesses, investors and government leaders from Bangladesh and Australia to discuss ways to enhance trade and investment opportunities.
The Bangladesh High Commission in Canberra and the Australia-Bangladesh Business Council Bangladesh will jointly organise the event.
Australian High Commissioner to Bangladesh Julia Niblett had a discussion with Commerce Minister Tipu Munshi recently ahead of his visit to Australia for the Australia-Bangladesh Trade Conference.
During the meeting, the High Commissioner and the Commerce Minister discussed practical ways to improve the understanding of opportunities in the business environment, to increase trade between Australia and Bangladesh, said the Australian High Commission in Dhaka on Thursday.
“I’m pleased that the governments of Australia and Bangladesh are working together to further enhance the trade relationship,” said Niblett.
The High Commissioner hosted a reception on November 5 for Bangladeshi businesses and delegates travelling to the trade conference and Australian companies operating in Bangladesh, to underline the growing potential for enhancing the commercial relationship.
“Australia’s two-way trade with Bangladesh has grown to just over AUD2.44 billion a year,” said Niblett adding that there are substantial opportunities for further growth on both sides.
Additional Secretary (Export) from the Ministry of Commerce Tapan Kanti Ghosh highlighted Bangladesh’s strong economic performance and the prospective business opportunities arising from the trade conference.
Representatives from various chambers of commerce attended the reception, including businesswomen from the Sylhet Chamber of Commerce.
Acknowledging the role of women entrepreneurs, Niblett noted that women in Bangladesh have the skills, the business acumen and the impressive networking dividends that help business thrive in this country.
Bangladesh’s exports to Australia comprise readymade garments, leather goods, footwear, processed food and jute. Australia’s main exports to Bangladesh are cotton for the readymade garment industry, milk and other dairy products, lentils and pulses, education and other services.
Dhaka, Nov 6 (UNB) – Malaysian acting High Commissioner to Bangladesh Amir Farid bin Abu Hasan has said Malaysia stands ready to explore and promote new areas of technical cooperation and future opportunities in engaging new development partners from Bangladesh.
“We believe these initiatives would assist Bangladesh in developing its internal and domestic policies while strengthening the intra- and inter-regional cooperation and nurture collective self-reliance between Malaysia and Bangladesh,” he said.
The Malaysian envoy made the remarks while addressing a function in the city on Wednesday night arranged for Malaysian Technical Cooperation Programme (MTCP) participants.
A total of 50 MTCP alumni were invited to attend the MTCP Alumni Dinner 2019.
Every year, participants of the Malaysian Technical Cooperation Programme (MTCP) meet for an MTCP Alumni programme organised by the High Commission of Malaysia in Bangladesh.
The objective of the programme is to ensure continuous engagements with various stakeholders from Bangladesh who attended previous MTCP editions.
Acting High Commissioner Abu Hasan said as they approach the new decade, the new areas of focus for MTCP training courses in 2020 will be on Industrial Revolution 4.0, artificial intelligence, robotics as well as economic and finance.
As such, he said, Malaysia welcomes more participation from Bangladesh for the MTCP in 2020 and hopes for greater cooperation between the two countries.
Acting High Commissioner Abu Hasan said Malaysia is and will continue to be friend of Bangladesh and its people.
“This is important for both our countries – for the generations to come – to better understand each other and to have long-lasting friendly and fruitful bilateral relations,” he said.
Around 787 officials from Bangladesh participated in the MTCP.
In 2019, a total of 12 officials from Bangladesh attended the MTCP courses in several areas of capacity development such as industrial and technical training, social development, professional service, diplomacy, economic, anti-corruption and environment.
Japan has reaffirmed its support for the early repatriation of Rohingyas to their place of origin in Myanmar in a “safe, voluntary and dignified” manner describing the situation in camps as extremely severe.
“I would like to emphasise that Japan and its people would not hesitate to extend our hands to all those who are suffering from the situation,” said newly-appointed Japanese Ambassador to Bangladesh Naoki Ito who visited Rohingya camps on Tuesday.
The Ambassador said they stand with them (Rohingyas) with a view to realising “early repatriation” to Myanmar in a safe, voluntary and dignified manner.
“The situation surrounding the people in the camps I have just visited is extremely severe,” said the Japanese envoy on Wednesday on his first visit to Rohingya camps since his arrival in Dhaka last month.
He expressed his sincere respect to the staff of international organisations and NGOs who devote themselves to helping the displaced people under such a severe condition.
Ambassador Ito visited facilities inside the camps - water supply facilities, Health Clinic, Environment and Sanitation facility, E-Voucher outlet, Women Led Community Center run by (WLCC), Learning Centre and Registration Centre.
Since the massive influx of displaced people into Bangladesh in August 2017, the government of Japan has granted approximately USD 99.2 million to international organisations and NGOs supporting the camps in Cox’s Bazar for the displaced people and the host communities by providing food, shelter, medical services and human-resource trainings, said the Japanese Embassy in Dhaka.
Bangladesh is now hosting over 1.1 million Rohingyas who have fled their homeland in Rakhine State after being persecuted by their own country.
Myanmar did not take back a single Rohingya from Bangladesh over the last two years but Myanmar, in its attempts to “mislead” the international community, claimed that a total of 397 displaced people have voluntarily returned from Bangladesh to Myanmar.
Two repatriation attempts turned futile as Myanmar “failed to remove trust deficit” among the Rohingyas and there was “lack of conducive environment” in Rakhine for their return.