Healthy practice in politics a must for success of blue economy: Dipu Moni
Participants in a seminar have emphasized on strengthening regional cooperation in Bay of Bengal zone with BIMSTEC (a regional state association) to tap Blue Economy especially for the benefit of the people for the region in sustainable manner.
They made this comment at the seminar styled "Blue Economy : Bangladesh and Bay of Bengal Regional Cooperation" organized by COAST, an NGO working for the coastal poor in Bangladesh with the assistance from American Center, on Sunday as part of US Alumni activity to promote people to people contact at CIRDAP auditorium.
The seminar was chaired by Dr Dipu Moni, MP, Chairman of Parliamentary Standing Committee on Ministry of Foreign Affairs where Narayn Chandra Chanda, MP, State Minister for Fisheries, was the chief guest.
Ambassador Sumith Nakandala the Secretary General, BIMSTEC; High Commissioner of Sri Lanka Ms. Yasoja Gunasekera , the First Secretary of Royal Bhutanese Embassy Domang; Public Relations Officer of US Embassy Rex Moser and Commodore AA Mamun Chowdhury of Bangladesh Navy and Blue Economy Cell; Captain Mamunur Rashid, Director Plans and Acquisition Bangladesh Coast Guard, spoke at the programme.
Spaking at the seminar Dr Dipu Moni laid emphasis on healthy practice in politics for reaching the ultimate goal of blue economy.
"Water does not separate us whether it is sea, bay or a river. Water unites us. We are working to reach that goal of blue economy through regional cooperation," said Dipu Moni while speaking at a seminar titled ' Blue Economy: Bangladesh and Bay of Bengal Regional Cooperation'.
Dr Dipu Moni, also chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee of Foreign Affairs, apprehended that if any wrong decision is taken in politics, it will not be possible to reach the goal of blue economy.
"We have waited many years to establish our rights on sea. We have to wait many years more, if any wrong decision is taken now," she said.
Claiming that 'politics is on right track now', the former foreign minister said, "That's why Bangladesh is going ahead very fast. Now we need to take appropriate decision to reach the goal of the blue economy."
Non-government organisation Coastal Association for Social Transformation Trust, organised the seminar moderated by its executive director Rezaul Karim Chowdhury.
Narayan Chandra Chand, State Minister for Fisheries and Livestock, also addressed the seminar as the chief guest.
He said, "There are complexities, as the topic of blue economy is new and related to environment. For this reason, we need time to assess how marine resources can be used properly."
BIMSTEC Secretary General Sumith Nakandala, High Commissioner of Sri Lanka Yosoja Gunasekera, First Secretary of Royal Bhutanese Embassy Domang, Public Diplomatic Officer of US Embassy Rex Moser, Commodore AA Mamun Chowdhury from Bangladesh Navy's Blue Economy Cell, Bangladesh Coast Guard Director (Plans and Acquisition) Captain Mamunur Rashid, among others, also attended the seminar as special guests.
Professor Lailufar Yesmin of Dhaka University, Professor Sahadat of Chittagong University and Sanat K Bowmik of COAST, presented papers at the seminar.
Professor Sahadat from Chittagong University, in his paper said that future global economy is mostly blue economy although Bangladesh has little capacity comparing to its regional neighbors.
BIMSTEC's Sumith Nakandala said the cooperation between regional neighbours in Bay of Bengal is nothing new, it is historical. Among the 14 issues, BIMSTEC leaders in Goa Summit emphasized on Blue and Mountain Economy.