Ireland assures Bangladesh of providing cooperation

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DHAKA, Sept 8, 2019 (BSS) – Ireland has assured Bangladesh of providing all-out cooperation in advancing its development spree.

‘Bangladesh’s success in development index is admirable…Ireland will cooperate with Bangladesh in its golden development phase”, said Northern Ireland Legislative Assembly member Martin-O-Muilleoir told a seminar.

The UK-based research think-tank ‘Study Circle’ arranged the seminar titled, ‘Bangladesh: A golden Journey to Development’ in Northern Ireland’s capital Belfast recently, according to a message received here today.

Muilleoir said Bangladesh not only saved the lives of Rohingyas repressed by Myanmar army but also established a rare example of humanity by opening its borders for the forcibly displaced Myanmar people.

Moderated by Study Circle chairperson Syed Mozammel Ali, the seminar was addressed, among others, by Bangladesh Land Minister Saifuzzaman Chowdhury, former Supreme Court Justice AHM Shamsuddin Choudhury Manik, members of Irish Legislative Assembly Chris Little and Mike Nesbit, Deputy High Commissioner of Bangladesh in London Muhammad Zulqar Nain and Awami League international affairs secretary Dr Shammi Ahmed.

Speaking as the chief guest, Land Minister Saifuzaman said Bangladesh is working sincerely to achieve the SDGs.

Bangladesh has been working for decades to eradicate poverty and develop its economy, he added.

The land minister said Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman led the nation to achieve freedom, while his worthy successor Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is working to achieve economic freedom of the country.

Since 2009, the present government has been working to achieve the Vision-2041 to build a prosperous Bangladesh free from poverty and inequity, he said.

Deputy High Commissioner Zulqar Nain highlighted the different initiatives taken by Bangladesh to cope with climate change impacts.

Justice Manik said judiciary in Bangladesh is working independently, claiming that judiciary is playing a vital role in establishing rule of law in the country.

Various issues of Bangladesh, including women empowerment, education, economic growth, gender equality, Rohingya crisis, communication, health sector and national and international achievements were highlighted during the seminar.

Representatives from different political parties of Ireland, the Northern Ireland business community and charity, members of the local Bangladeshi community, academics, journalists and diplomats participated in the seminar.