Post by: Chief News Editor | Published: October 12, 2016 , 7:52 am | Category: TOP NEWS
Bangkok, Thailand, Broadcasting News Corporation:
The 2nd Asia Cooperation Dialogue (ACD) Summit endorsed Bangladesh’s proposal to be a co-prime mover in the Working Groups on Connectivity and Food, Water and Energy Security pillars under the ACD Vision for Asia Cooperation 2030.
State Minister for Foreign Affairs Shahriar Alam and leader of the Bangladesh delegation to the Summit has said, Bangladesh will work closely with all our Asian neighbours to realize the vision of a prosperous, peaceful and seamlessly connected Asian
continent. He said this while delivering the country statement at the Summit Monday. The State Minister called for not only physical connectivity but also connectivity of peoples, cultures and ideas, connectivity of trade, investment, technology, enterprises and labour force to secure an inclusive growth and sustainable development in Asia.
Bangladesh offered to host the first ACD Working Group Meeting on Connectivity in Dhaka. Further, in line with the Government’s focus on a digital Bangladesh, the State Minister expressed strong support for the science, technology and innovation pillar of the ACD Vision and informed that Bangladesh would remain engaged to host Working Group meetings in future. The 2nd ACD Summit was attended by Heads of State/government and Foreign Ministers of 34 ACD member countries.
Earlier, the State Minister held bilateral meetings with his counterparts from Russia and Japan. During their meeting, the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Russia, IgMurglov, assured the State Minister that in reaffirmation of the historic friendship between the Russian Federation and Bangladesh since 1971, Russia looks forward to long-lasting cooperation with Bangladesh particularly on the Ruppur nuclear power plant, which is Russia’s largest energy project in South Asia. They also discussed return visit by President Putin, meeting between the two Prime Ministers during the upcoming BIMSTEC-BRICS Summit in Goa, India and strategic and security cooperation between two countries.
During his meeting with the Parliamentary Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, the State Minister apprised him of the stringent security measures being taken by Bangladesh to ensure the safety of Bangladesh’s tested friends such as the Japanese people as well as all foreign nationals in Bangladesh. The Japanese DFM assured that Japan would continue to remain Bangladesh’s strong development partner and informed that a Japanese delegation would soon visit Bangladesh. State Minister assured that the Government is fully prepared to receive the Japanese delegation and apprise the security situation.