BRI fits Bangladesh's priorities: Dr Gowher
First magazine in Bangladesh on BRI launched
Bangladesh has welcomed the China's Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) on Saturday saying that it fits into Bangladesh's priority.
Prime Minister's International Affairs Adviser Gowher Rizvi has made the remarks on Saturday at the launching ceremony of a Chinese publication by private think-tank Center for East Asia Foundation (CEAF) here.
"Bangladesh is proud to be a part of this initiative," he said, ahead of the BRI Summit in Beijing next week. Bangladesh joined the BRI during Chinese President Xi Jinping's visit to Dhaka in Oct 2016.
China initiate the BRI programme to rebuild the old Silk Road to connect China with Asia, Europe and beyond through massive infrastructural spending.
To participate in BRI Summit in Beijing, Dhaka is sending a high-profile delegation, including the Minister for Industries Nurul Majid Mahmud Humayun and the prime minister's daughter Saima Wazed Hossain, to the summit which will be held between Apr 25 and Apr 28.
In his speech, he said Bangladesh had been in favour of the initiative even before its announcement.
"We had our own BCIM (Bangladesh, China, India and Myanmar Economic Corridor) which is essentially a reduced version of the Belt and Road Initiative," he said.
"Bangladesh is extremely successful in managing its foreign relations," added Gowher.
"It has always avoided taking sides," he said, referring to the foreign policy dictum 'friendship to all, malice to none'.
He continued: "We'll continue to maintain that. If you look objectively, today Bangladesh's foreign policy has had spectacular success through its ability to maintain outstanding relations with China, India, Japan, Soviet Union, United States and western European countries."
Gowher said that this has helped Bangladesh to become what it is today.
"Bangladesh has become a model of development and innovation."
Former ambassador Muhammad Azizul Haque, Professor of International Relations at Dhaka University Delwar Hossain, and Executive Director of CEAF Nasim Mahmmud spoke at the programme, chaired by former ambassador Selina Mohsin.
Charge d'Affaires of the Embassy of China in Dhaka Chen Wei was also present at the event.