European Institute for Asian Studies
Bangladesh: Development Through Connectivity
  • Start04:00 PM - May 11 2017
  • End06:00 PM - May 11 2017
  • Asia Platform, Rue de la Loi 26, 10th floor, 1040 Brussels
  • + 32 2 230 81 22
  • alberto.turkstra@eias.org

Programme

15:30-16:00

16:00-16:10

Registration

Introduction by the Chair

H.E. Dr Alexander Spachis, Member of the Advisory Board, European Institute for Asian Studies (EIAS)

16:10-17:00

Keynote Adresses

 

H.E. Mr Anisul Huq, Minister for Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs, Government of Bangladesh

H.E. Mr Md. Shahriar Alam, Honorable State Minister, Ministry of Foreign Affairs,   Government of Bangladesh

Ms Veronica Cody, Head of Division for India, Bangladesh, Nepal and Bhutan, European External Action Service (EEAS)

17:00-17:45

Discussion and Q&A

17:45-18:00

Closing Remarks

H.E. Mr. Mohammed Shahdat Hossain, Ambassador of Bangladesh to the Kingdom of Belgium, the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg and the EU

 18:00

Networking Reception

Bangladesh: Development Through Connectivity and Regional Integration 

Bangladesh has achieved remarkable progress in socio-economic development with more than 6% growth for the past decade. The country has made great strides in the areas like poverty reduction, health, education and nutrition, as is evidenced from its MDG achievements. With the ‘Vision 2021’ in place, Bangladesh aims at reaching middle income status by its 50th anniversary of independence in the year 2021. In that pursuit, Bangladesh will need to ensure accelerated and sustainable growth through creation of jobs for a large number of youth entering the job market every year, diversification of economy beyond the ready-made garments sector (which currently accounts for over 80% of total export earnings) and promotion of technologies, skills development, innovation and entrepreneurship for better participation in today’s knowledge economy.

 

There remain huge potentials for Bangladesh to be benefitted through enhanced connectivity and economic integration in the region. Challenges like infrastructure, regulatory barriers, limited intra-regional economic activities, rapid urbanization and vulnerability to climate change and natural disasters quite often hinder the integration process. Recognizing the importance of regional connectivity, Bangladesh has been actively pursuing different regional initiatives for greater connectivity through roads, railways, maritime and inland waterways, energy cooperation and trade & investment opportunities with the countries in the region. As South and South-East Asia regions have been moving gradually towards greater integration, Bangladesh is increasingly becoming a key player due to its strategically advantageous geographical location. Bangladesh is emerging as the point of convergence for policies and interests of major players in the region, including India and China. Bangladesh can play a pivotal role in bridging South and South-East Asia to unlock the untapped economic opportunities and becoming the regional manufacturing-logistical hub in the context of sustainable global supply/value chain(s). 


Recognizing the importance of regional connectivity, Bangladesh has been actively pursuing different regional initiatives for greater connectivity through roads, railways, maritime and inland waterways, energy cooperation and trade & investment opportunities with the countries in the region.



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