Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen has said Bangladesh is the link between two of the world's most vibrant economic regions - Southeast Asia and South Asia - and placed six-point proposals for ensuring resilient economic cooperation in the region.
The six proposals include strengthening cooperation, collaboration, and shared responsibility between and among countries; research, investment, and advanced technology sharing for trade promotion; rapid development of connectivity; common action to mitigate the adverse impacts of climate change, marine resource exploration, development and creating an energy hub in this region.
Momen emphasized collective efforts by the ASEAN leaders to tackle challenges faced by the ASEAN region while speaking at the 29th meeting of ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) under the theme "ASEAN ACT: Addressing Challenges Together" in Phnom Penh, Cambodia on Friday.
He said Bangladesh seeks to promote itself as a hub of road, rail, riverine, maritime, and air connectivity for landlocked South Asian countries and continental Southeast Asian countries.
Momen highlighted some key challenges including recurring waves of new variants of Covid -19, global turmoil due to conflict in Europe, climate change, economic recession, and food and commodity crises that can only be adequately and effectively addressed through mutual trust and cooperation underpinned by multilateral arrangements like ARF.