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Dhaka for free mobility of capital, technology, labour within NAM countries

  • Diplomatic Correspondent
  • 13 October, 2021 12:00 AM
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Dhaka has urged the member states of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) to put less restriction on mobility of resources to help boost economic growth, reduce poverty and ensure more equitable distribution of income to achieve the major goals of Sustainable Development Goals.

“NAM should allow free mobility of capital, technology and labour within its membership to ensure socioeconomic prosperity,” Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen has said while addressing an event in Belgrade, marking the 60th anniversary of the global forum.

Referring to the life-long struggle of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman for ensuring equality, humanity and justice, he reiterated the strong conviction of Bangladesh to the founding principles of the NAM. “Our peace-centric foreign policy echoes the very spirit of the Non-Aligned Movement,” he said.

Stressing the relevance of the NAM, the foreign minister 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,” he said.

He highlighted the long persecution of Rohingyas in Myanmar which calls for an urgent action. 

Dr Momen 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 politicisation,” he said, urging the global community to address the vaccine gap immediately by treating Covid-19 vaccine as global public goods.

He called upon the NAM countries to work together towards post-pandemic sustainable recovery and proposed strengthening 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,” the foreign minister mentioned.  

Dr Momen led a Bangladesh delegation to the 60th anniversary event of the Non-Aligned Movement held in Belgrade on October 11-12.

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, the Maldives, Zimbabwe, Uganda, Gabon, The Gambia, Sudan, Haiti, Angola, Palestine, and high-level representatives of over 70 countries attended the meeting 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 on the occasion.