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NAM should allow free mobility of capital, technology and labour within its membership, urges Momen

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  • 12th October, 2021 11:35:15 AM
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NAM should allow free mobility of capital, technology and labour within its membership, urges Momen

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Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen has said NAM should allow free mobility of capital, technology and labour within its membership to ensure socio-economic prosperity.

The Foreign Minister stated that it is imperative for the membership to put less restrictions on mobility of resources to help boost economic growth, reduce poverty and a more equitable distribution of income to achieve the major goals of SDGs.

He was addressing the 60th Anniversary event of the Non-Aligned Movement in Belgrade, said the Foreign Ministry on Tuesday. 

Referring to the life-long struggle of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman for ensuring equality, humanity and justice, Momen, reiterated the strong conviction of Bangladesh to the founding principles of the NAM.

“Our peace-centric foreign policy echoes the very spirit of Non-aligned movement,” Foreign Minister continued. 

Stressing the relevance of NAM, he highlighted the emerging challenges such as, climate change, terrorism, violence etc. that warrant collective action by the NAM members. 

The basic rights of human beings are still unmet in many parts of the world, the Foreign Minister added.

He highlighted the long persecution of the Rohingyas in Myanmar which call for our urgent action. 

The Foreign Minister expressed dismay at the global inequalities in access to COVID 19 vaccine.

“Our remarkable progress in vaccine development failed to contain the deadly virus due to vaccine nationalism and vaccine politicization,” he continued.

Momen urged the global community to address the vaccine gap immediately by treating COVID 19 vaccine as a global public good.

He called upon the NAM countries to work together towards post-pandemic sustainable recovery and proposed to strengthen South-South and triangular cooperation including through establishment of a forum of Ministers of Foreign, Finance and Development of the global South.

“The forum will provide a platform to explore potentials of the Southern countries and share experience, expertise, technology and resources to promote sustainable development,” Momen mentioned.  

The Foreign Minister is leading a Bangladesh delegation to the 60th Anniversary event of the Non-aligned Movement being held in Belgrade from 11-12 October 2021.

President of Ghana, Prime Minister of Algeria, Foreign and other ministers of different NAM member countries including Indonesia, Nepal, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, India, Iraq, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Maldives, Zimbabwe, Uganda, Gabon, Gambia, Sudan, Haiti, Angola, Palestine, etc and high-level representatives of over 70 countries are attending the meeting.

The meeting is co-chaired by the President of Azerbaijan and the President of Serbia.

The UN Secretary-General and the President of the 76th session of the UNGA also spoke at the occasion.