Govt to establish Bangabandhu Research Centre for foreign policy, diplomacy


Dhaka, Sept 25,2020 (BSS) – Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen today said the government will establish a “Bangabandhu Research Centre for Foreign Policy and Diplomacy” at Sugandha Bhaban of foreign service academy in the capital marking the Mujib Borsho.

“This will be a centre of excellence to conduct quality research on the life and works of Bangabandhu as well as Bangladesh foreign policy strategy and diplomacy,” he said.

Dr Momen made the remarks at an event in commemoration of historic maiden speech delivered by the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in the United Nations General Assembly on September 25, 1974 and inauguration of the newly developed infrastructure of the Foreign Service Academy.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina joined the event virtually as the chief guest.

Last year, “Gono Hottha Corner” or Genocide Corner was established in the building as Pakistani occupation leadership gave orders for genocide known as “Search Light” operations from here that killed millions of people during the Liberation War in 1971.

On this day in 1974, nearly 46 years ago, the Father of our Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the greatest Bangalee of all time, delivered a speech in the United Nations General Assembly.

Dr Momen said the visionary leader Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has laid down certain roadmaps in her Vision 2021, Vision 2041 and Delta Plan 2100.

Dr Momen said Bangladesh’s economic diplomacy comprises five elements.

These are attracting diversified foreign investment portfolio in order to turn Bangladesh as the world’s manufacturing hub; expanding Bangladeshi exports to traditional and new markets plus diversifying the export basket; securing technology transfer, and technical assistance; ensuring gainful employment opportunities for Bangladeshi nationals abroad; and providing quality services to nationals and Diaspora.

This building, Sugandha bears the rich memory of Father of the Nation, he said adding that this was his first office as President and then Prime Minister of independent and sovereign Bangladesh.

From this office, he took many important decisions on both domestic and international issues.

State Minister for Foreign Affairs M Shahriar Alam, Foreign Secretary Masud Bin Momen, UN Resident Coordinator Mia Seppo and Bangladesh Foreign Service Academy Principal Syed Masud Mahmood Khundker also spoke.