New civil society network BBForum launched
Published : Saturday, 5 November, 2016 at 12:00 AM Count : 497
A new network of civil society organizations - Bay of Bengal Forum (BBForum)-- has been launched in Dhaka on Friday aiming at enhancing relationship between the people of the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) region and to work closely with the governments of those countries.
The American Center, Dhaka and the Coastal Association for Social Transformation (COAST) Trust have jointly launched the new platform for the CSOs from the BIMSTEC member countries. To launch the activities of the new network, a programme was organized at the Coast Trust's Edward M Kennedy Center in Dhanmandi, a release of Coast Trust said. American Center Dhaka's Cultural Affairs Officer George Mesthos moderated the launching session while Dhaka University Professor of the Political Science Department Shariful Islam, International Relation Department's Professor Dr Lailufar Yasmin and IUCN's Hasib Irfanullah presented their papers on Education, Blue Economy and Climate Change.
Syed Aminul Hoque of COAST Trust thanked the participants while many US alumni and others participated and spoke on the occasion. According to the organisers, the aim of the forum is to revive historical relation and cooperation in the Bay of Bengal region, to promote regional connectivity and it is for the interest of marginalized section of population of the area. Its efforts will be to strengthen the relationship among the CSOs and the Media to influence the policy makers of the BIMSTEC countries to take decisions in favour of the common people.
On the occasion a book titled "Advancing Sustainable Socio-Economic Development through Education in the Bay of Bengal Region" was also unwrapped.