Published Date: Nov 19, 2017
Bangladesh following policies of peace and development: HC
Bangladesh High Commission, Islamabad organized a session of discussion and exchange of views on “Bangladesh’s Pursuit of Peace and Development: National Achievements and Global Engagements” at the Chancery in Islamabad Saturday.
High Commissioner of Bangladesh to Pakistan Tarik Ahsan presented a paper giving a broad outline of the topic.
Executive Director of Sustainable Development Policy Institute in Islamabad Dr. Abid Qaiyum Suleri and Defence Advisor of Bangladesh High Commission Brigadier General Khondaker Shafiur Rahman were the panel discussants who highlighted Bangladesh’s developmental achievements and contribution to peacekeeping respectively.
In his paper, the High Commissioner, referring to the Constitutional provisions, stated that ideals of peace and development lie at the philosophical foundation of Bangladesh.
He maintained that Bangladesh has been internationally acclaimed for her pro-peace policies and practices such as signing of CHT Peace Treaty, annual sponsorship of UNGA resolution on ‘culture of peace’, proactive role in disarmament diplomacy, zero-tolerance to terrorism, peaceful settlement of maritime/land boundaries, leading role in peacekeeping missions. etc.
Referring to branding of Bangladesh as ‘role model for developing countries’ by the UN, the High Commissioner underlined Bangladesh’s particular focus in development diplomacy in the areas of climate action, migration, LDC leadership and so on.
Highlighting the growth rate of Bangladesh’s GDP, export earning, per capita income, literacy rate and life expectancy, SDPI Executive Director Dr. Abid Qaiyum Suleri said, peace and development are inter-related with each other.
He underlined the need for diversifying in the export sector to keep the growth rate sustainable.
Dr. Suleri lauded Bangladesh for her vital role in national, international, regional and global peace keeping.
Later, a question and answer session was held where the High Commissioner and the discussants answered questions from the floor.
Officials of the High Commission, expatriate Bangladeshis and a number of Pakistani citizens attended the function.