Health Desk – 09 Feb, 2021: Speakers at a webinar on Monday underscored the need for joint strategies among the communities in the Bay of Bengal for the sake of sustainable development.
The suggestion came up with the inaugural session of a four-day long dialogue organised by the South Asian Network on Economic Modelling titled ‘Bay of Bengal Economic Dialogue 2021: Post-COVID-19 Challenges in the Bay of Bengal Region.’
Foreign minister AK Abdul Momen inaugurated the session while executive director of SANEM Selim Raihan moderated it.
Momen said that Bangladesh was strongly committed to build for regional cooperation. It’s also Bangladesh’s foreign policy. ‘We are celebrating the birth centenary of the father of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. Bangladesh is strongly committed to develop cooperation, facilitate trade and investment,’ he also said.
The minister said that the coronavirus pandemic was tackled thanks to the initiatives based on small, medium and long times. ‘We provided foods, cash and incentives among the poor during the pandemic. Our government also provided stimulus packages for different sectors to tackle the impact posed by the virus,’ he added.
Momen added that they need to organise such dialogue to develop the region’s cooperation. ‘We strongly believe that the upcoming BIMSTEC programme will be successful. Action programmes in relevant fields can be taken there to face the challenges posed by the pandemic,’ he also said.
Director general of Research and Information System for Developing Countries, India Sachin Chaturvedi said a joint strategy was needed among the communities in Bay of Bengal for sustainable development of the economy.
‘Small and medium-sized enterprises can play a significant role for sustainable development as well. Agriculture sector can contribute here,’ he added.
Secretary general of BIMSTEC Tenzin Lekphell, joint secretary and head of Regional Organisation Division of Nepal foreign affairs ministry Tirtha Raj Wagle, co-founder of Centre for Research on Bhutanese Society of Bhutan Achyut Bhandari, among others, also took part in the webinar.