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  • 17 January, 2022 12:00 AM
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Govt ready to address any misuse of DSA

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Three senior ministers of the government on Sunday briefed foreign diplomats on a host of issues and reaffirmed firm conviction for development and protection of the rights of the people through their empowerment.

They also expressed the government’s readiness to address any misuse or abuse of the Digital Security Act (DSA).

“We are pledge-bound to uphold our Constitutional obligation,” Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen said.

He reiterated this commitment at the diplomatic briefing hosted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the morning.

The first diplomatic briefing of the year was arranged to exchange New Year’s greetings with the diplomatic community.

Law Minister Anisul Huq, LGRD Minister Md Tajul Islam, State Minister for Foreign Affairs Md Shahriar Alam and Foreign Secretary Masud Bin Momen were also present at the briefing, the foreign ministry said in a press release.

“Last year was a year of recovery and hope,” Foreign Minister Momen said, adding that with the twin celebrations of the birth centenary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and the golden jubilee of the country’s independence, the year had a special significance for Bangladesh.      Reflecting on the spectacular achievements of the country in the areas of poverty alleviation, socio-economic development, infrastructure development, digitalisation etc, he also highlighted the government’s successful management of the onslaughts of the pandemic and different incentives and packages announced to address its negative impact.

Momen stated that Bangladesh managed a growth rate of 5.4 percent last year despite the pandemic.

He briefly touched on the ongoing local-government elections. “This is the first time the country elected UP Chairmen from the third gender. This indicates that the glass ceilings have started to crack down.”

The foreign minister reaffirmed the government’s firm conviction for the development and protection of the rights of the people through their empowerment.

Tajul Islam briefed the diplomats on different phases and results of the ongoing local-government elections.

He mentioned that a large number of independent candidates were elected during these elections.

Anisul Huq, in his remarks, elaborated on the procedure of the Election Commission formation and the current dialogue of President M Abdul Hamid with different political parties.

On the DSA, he mentioned about the government’s engagement with the relevant UN offices to understand best practices in this regard.

The law minister expressed the government’s readiness to address any misuse or abuse of the law.

Anisul also talked about ongoing initiative towards labour sector reform, including through a time-bound approach.

The ministers clarified the issue of “uncontested elections” which takes place in other countries, including in the developed parts of the world.

Thanking the trading partners of the country, Shahriar Alam spoke on the government’s initiatives to create an investor-friendly environment in the country.

The briefing was well-attended. Around 40 diplomats joined the briefing. It was followed by an interactive session in which questions on LDC graduation, business and investment, Rohingya repatriation etc were addressed.