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Turn Bangladesh into a hub of regional connectivity: Japan envoy

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 16 March, 2021 12:00 AM
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Turn Bangladesh into a hub of regional connectivity: Japan envoy

Ambassador of Japan to Bangladesh ITO Naoki on Monday emphasised the importance of bringing Bangladesh into a hub of regional connectivity, bridging South Asia to Southeast and East Asia, through realizing mega infrastructure projects under the initiative of “Bay of Bengal Industrial Growth Belt (BIG-B)”.

He made this remarks at a regional seminar titled “The Bay of Bengal as Connectivity Hub in Indo-Pacific Region” held at Independent University Bangladesh (IUB) on Monday.

A two day regional seminar was organised by the Centre for Bay of Bengal Studies, IUB and was supported by Embassy of Japan, High Commission of India, Asian Development Bank and World Bank on Sunday.

Foreign Minister Dr. AK Abdul Momen addressed at the inaugural session as the chief guest and PM’s International Affairs Adviser Dr. Gowher Rizvi addressed at the concluding session on Monday as the chief guest, said a press release.

Matarbari Deep-Sea Port, Dhaka MRT and Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport Extension will strategically significant for Bangladesh to increase its economic opportunities, Japan envoy added.

Ambassador ITO also elaborated the vision of the Free and Open Indo-Pacific (FOIP), which shares common values with India’s IPOI (Indo-Pacific Oceans Initiative) and expressed Japan’s intention to make a full effort to realise the Free and Open Indo Pacific in collaboration with Bangladesh.

Prof. TANAKA Akihiko, President of the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS), ex-President of JICA spoke at the session “MIDI, BIG-B”.

Prof. TANAKA said that the Indo-Pacific region is becoming the global center of economic gravity. The vision of a Free and Open Indo-Pacific is based on this historic trend. Preservation of peace is the essential condition of its realisation.

NISHIDA Ippeita, Senior Research Fellow, Sasakawa Peace Foundation pointed out strategic eminence of the Bay of Bengal region for Japan would outgrow.

He also suggested Japan to take active roles in shaping the regional debate and addressing vulnerabilities, as connectivity to the east would bring profound impact on the outlook of the Indo-Pacific environment.