Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen on Monday said Dhaka Dialogue a platform of global responsibility and partnership to maintain peace and stability across the world. "Dhaka Dialogue hopefully, will be a permanent platform for all relevant bodies and stakeholders to look across the challenges, solutions, opportunities and ideas regarding development, environment, globalization and even people-centric governance," he said. Abdul Momen said this while speaking in the inaugural session of the three-day long 'Dhaka Global Dialogue 2019' in the capital.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurated the program jointly organized by Bangladesh Institute of International and Strategic Studies (BIISS) and India's Observer Research Foundation (ORF). The minister said, "Time and strategic location has given the larger Indo-Pacific region a clear advantage and it will be a pity if we cannot build on the existing successes presented by the 'Asian Century'. In this respect, I believe, the Dhaka Dialogue will set an example for exploring ways and means of human development based on mutual respect and trust, common prosperity and shared responsibility and partnership."
Momen said despite many challenges, Bangladesh has often been cited by UN as a 'role model for development', a 'star of women empowerment', and the Wall Street Journal termed it as the 'standard bearer of the South'.
"Our country has continued to prosper over the last 10 years and has recorded, as per Asian Development Bank, the highest economic growth rate among the 45 Asia-Pacific countries, with its GDP growth rate at 8.13%. However, our secret for economic development is "Sheikh Hasina Magic'----her strong determination and leadership quality, and our collective commitment. Bangladesh is now truly on its journey towards becoming a mid-income country by 2021, and hopefully will attain the SDGs by 2030, become a developed country by 2041 and a 'Prosperous Delta' by 2100," he said.
The foreign minister informed that to face the upcoming event of 4th Industrial Revolution, a dramatic technological innovation, Bangladesh is building partnerships, where government, private sector, academia, community and civil society -- all are working together.
Bangladesh has now the second largest pool of ICT freelancers in the world, almost 600,000. Dr Momen said, "We are truly living in the Asian century. The countries in the South Asia - India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan and many others in the South East and East Asia are growing at a much faster rate than all other countries in the world. However, it is not only the rate of growth, but the sustainability and just distribution of benefit of that growth that makes these fast growing economies so important."
"I personally see a vast area of possible future cooperation among us. It is undeniable fact that intra-regional trade and physical connectivity are still insignificant compared to their true potential. So through our Dhaka Dialogue, our active collaboration and cooperation will be further successful to expand the areas of cooperation and understanding for our common benefit," he added.
The minister also said, "I have one message. Without peace and stability, no country or region can prosper, can achieve their goals. Of late, there are varieties of media including social media at times promote venom of hatred and intolerance. Such venom of hatred and ignorance results in violence and wars. In order to have a sustainable world of peace and stability, it is important, that we all help creating a mindset of respect for each other, a mindset of tolerance irrespective of ethnicity, color or religion or background."
Momen urged everyone, parents, guardians, teachers, opinion builders, think tank, media, community leaders, leaders of mandirs, mosques, synagoys, churches and the governments to join hands together for a sustainable world of peace and stability.
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