Bangladesh delegates call for greater economic cooperation


DHAKA, June 21, 2018 (BSS) – Speakers at a seminar on political economy of Bangladesh, held in India, today observed more cooperation in the areas of connectivity, trade, commerce and energy between Dhaka and Delhi will be benefited for people of the entire region.

Centre for South Asian Studies (CSAS) of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) organized the seminar at its campus with JNU Vice Chancellor Prof Jagadesh Kumar in the chair, according to a press release of Bangladesh High Commission in India, received here.

Bangladesh High Commissioner to India Syed Muazzem Ali, Principal Coordinator (SDG Affairs) at Prime Minister’s Office of Bangladesh Md. Abul Kalam Azad, Chairman of Palli Karma Sahayak Foundation (PKSF) Dr. Qazi Kholiquzzaman, Senior Vice President of Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI) Sheikh Fazle Fahim and JNU Rector Prof. Chintamoni Mahapatra and CSAS Chairman Prof. Sanjay Bhardwaj spoke at the seminar.

Bangladesh High Commissioner said fast-growing India and Bangladesh should combine their synergies in the areas of connectivity, trade, commerce and energy for the mutual benefit for the two neighbours as well as for the region.

“Connectivity offers a game-changing opportunity for India and Bangladesh,” he added.

Ali said Bangladesh’s jump to the status of a developing nation from LDC category will create new opportunities in Indo-Bangla economic cooperation. “Cooperation in the energy sector is the hallmark of our renewed engagements,” he observed.

Explaining the UN-selected Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), Abul Kalam Azad said this means caring for the future generations’ needs after meeting the requirement of the present.

Under the dynamic leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Bangladesh has adopted a policy of inclusive economy so that no one is left behind, he said.

Qazi Kholiquzzaman highlighted Bangladesh’s tremendous success in reducing poverty level to less than 24 percent from more than 50 percent a few years ago.

He credited the achievement to the visionary leadership of Sheikh Hasina.

Sheikh Fazle Fahim pointed out that Bangladesh is now one of the fast growing economy along with India and Vietnam.