Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen has proposed to establish a forum of development, finance, and economics of foreign ministers under South-South Cooperation (SSC) to discuss, dialogue, and explore the potentials as well as the critical issues of the South in the context of achieving the SDGs.
Mentioning the Diaspora of the South, which possesses wealth of knowledge and experience, is expanding across the globe, the Foreign Minister stressed upon that SSC should provide them a platform to work closely in their countries of origin and play a more meaningful role in their development.The Bangladesh foreign minister was presenting the country statement at the plenary meeting of the Second UN High-Level Conference on South-South Cooperation in Buenos Aires, Argentina on Wednesday, a press release said.
To strengthen and further invigorate South-South cooperation, the UN General Assembly is convening this high-level conference on SSC on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the adoption of the Buenos Aires Plan of Action (BAPA) for Promoting and Implementing Technical Cooperation among Developing Countries.
The High-level Conference is being hosted by Argentina which commenced on 20 March and will continue till 22 March 2019.
Bangladesh has been elected as one of the Vice Presidents of the Conference. The Bangladesh minister also chaired the high-level plenary meeting for a while.
Foreign Minister said that Bangladesh is planning to set up a “South-South Knowledge and Innovation Centre” which would provide a platform to it and other countries to co-create solutions addressing challenges they face in advancing technology transformation, particularly emanating from 4IR, share their innovative practices and identify experiences which could be transferred, replicated and scaled up.
Recognizing the SSC as an effective cooperation mechanism in the development trajectory of Bangladesh, the foreign minister said, “Under the leadership of our Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, we are now implementing our national development Vision 2021 to see ourselves as a middle-income country and Vision 2041 to transform the country into a ‘Sonar Bangla”, a developed one.”Foreign Minister Abdul Momen thanked the United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC) for incorporating five innovative development solutions of Bangladesh which are Union Digital Centre, SDG Tracker, Empathy Training, Service Innovation Fund and Time Cost Visit Model of public service delivery in ‘the UN Global Publication on Best Practices’.