Bangladesh, Japan to work closely on climate change

Staff Correspondent

1 July, 2019 12:00 AM printer

Japan and Bangladesh will work together to ensure an efficient water management system for facing climate change impact.

Japanese Minister of State for Environment Minoru Kiuchi called on the State Minister for Water Resources Zaheed Farooque on Sunday at his office.

In the meeting both the ministers discussed to exchange expertise regarding establishment of ‘The Bengal Delta International Hydraulic Training and Research Institute,’ a state-of-art institute. 

They also discussed materialization of ‘Bangladesh Delta Plan 2100’.

During their discussion, Zaheed Farooque informed the Japanese counterpart about the various initiatives taken by the Ministry of Water Resources under the dynamic leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. 

Bangladesh is working relentlessly to address the issues of global warming and its subsequent impacts, he also said.

“Bangladesh is a riverine country and it is crisscrossed by many rivers and its tributaries. So the effect of climate change impact would be huge. We are already experiencing the hazard of climate change impact,” he said.

Appreciating Japan as a proven partner in progress of Bangladesh, the state minister urged his Japanese counterpart to extend their support and cooperation for the development of water resources in Bangladesh.

The Japanese Minister replied that they would always stand by Bangladesh whenever it will undertake any development project. The Japanese Minister led a seven-member-team. All the members took part in the meeting.

Secretary to the Japanese Minister of State for the Environment Hiroaki Murai, Director for International Strategy Division of Global Environment Bureau Fumio Ito, Section Chief of International Cooperation and Sustainable Infrastructure Office Hisato Hayasaka, Researcher of International Cooperation and Sustainable Infrastructure Office Mahoyo Yamamoto, Counsellor of Embassy of Japan in Bangladesh Yasuharu Shinto and Second Secretary of Embassy of Japan in Bangladesh Masatoshi Higuchi accompanied the Minister of State for Environment of Japan.