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Seminar on sustainable maritime dev held

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Business Desk :
A daylong international seminar titled 'Maritime Good Governance towards Sustainable Development' was held on Monday at Radisson Blu Dhaka Water Garden to increase awareness on blue-economy.
Bangladesh Institute of Maritime Research and Development (BIMRAD) organized the seminar for the first time while Security Affairs Adviser to the Prime Minister Major Gen (retd) Tarique Ahmed Siddique addressed it as the chief guest, said an ISPR press release..
BIMRAD Chief Patron and Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Nizamuddin Ahmed was present in the function, among others.
Maritime experts from India, the USA, Malaysia, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh presented keynote papers in the daylong seminar.
Secretary of Maritime Affairs unit of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Bangladesh Rear Admiral Md Khurshed Alam official Rear Admiral A S M A Awal, former Chief of Naval Staff of India Admiral RK Dhowan, Captain of the USA naval force Richard Francis Sears (retd), Cheryl Rita Kaur of Maritime Institute, Malaysia and Director of Pathfinder Foundation in Sri Lanka Admiral Professor Jayanath Colombage, PhD (retd) presented the keynote papers in the seminar.
President and Chief executive Officer (CEO) of Bangladesh Enterprise Institute Farooq Sobhan and Professor of International Relations Department of Dhaka University (DU) Dr Imtiaz Ahmed moderated the seminar.
A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between BIMRAD, National Maritime Foundation (NMF) of India, Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies (DKI APCSS) of the USA and the Pathfinder Foundation (PF) on exchanging information, technologies, trainings and cooperation on maritime sector.
Addressing the seminar, Tarique Ahmed Siddique said Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman formulated the Maritime Zones Act in 1974 realizing the importance of maritime resources.
Later, under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Bangladesh has become successful in determining the maritime boundary with the neighboring countries peacefully.
There is no alternative to the blue-economy to achieve the target of transforming Bangladesh into a middle income by 2021 and developed one by 2041, he added.
In the seminar, Nizamuddin Ahmed said knowledge-based discussions in the seminar will help ensure maritime good governance towards sustainable development.
The seminar will play a vital role in finding ways to overcome the barriers on the way of good governance in ocean, he added.

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