Wednesday, 6 July, 2022

China-led BRI to enhance economic development

Speakers at a programme said that the China-led Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) can play an important role in enhancing economic development, connectivity and people to people contact between Bangladesh and China.

They made the remark at a programme marking the inaugural ceremony of establishment of Daffodil International University Belt and Road Research Centre at the international conference hall of Daffodil Smart City in Ashulia.

Experts and officials from different parts of China joined the event through digital platform.

The aim of establishing such centre is to promote nationwide research activities and develop bilateral relationships between Bangladesh and China in a broader context.

Organisers said setting up of Daffodil International University Belt and Road Research Centre will help in further developing bilateral relationship between the two countries.

Prof Mohammed Masum Iqbal, director of Daffodil International University Belt and Road Research Centre, delivered the welcome speech while Prof M Lutfar Rahman, vice-chancellor of Daffodil International University, chaired the programme. Dr AKM Mohsin, deputy director of DIU Belt and Road Research Centre, moderated the event.

Former minister and chairman of Bangladesh-China Silk Road Forum Dilip Barua attended the programme as the chief guest. Former ambassador and vice-president of the Chinese People's Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries (CPAFFC) Jiang Jiang, and former Bangladesh ambassador to Beijing Munshi Faiz Ahmad addressed the event as the guest of honor.

During the programme, Bangladesh and Jiangxi Province (China) signed an MoU to promote friendly exchanges between DIU Belt and Road Research Centre in Bangladesh.

The MoU will help in establishing a long-term cooperation mechanism, in a bid to promote mutually beneficial cooperation between the two institutions.

Shen Zhongcun, general secretary of Jiangxi People's Association for Friendship with foreign countries, and Prof Mohammed Masum Iqbal, director of DIU Belt and Road Research Centre, signed the agreement on behalf of their respective institutes.

AFM Aminul Islam, consul general, Consulate General of Bangladesh in Kunming, China; Liwen Yue, counselor, Cultural and Educational Affairs, Embassy of China in Bangladesh; Tu Anbo, executive vice-president of Jiangxi People's Association for Friendship with foreign countries; Prof Deng Hui, president of Jiangxi University of Finance and Economics; Prof Abdur Rab, vice-chancellor of the International University of Business Agriculture and Technology; Mostaque Hassan, former director general of Export Promotion Bureau (EPB) and former chairman of Bangladesh Small and Cottage Industries Corporation (BSCIC), Yu Guangyue (Anandi), director of Bangla Department, China Media Group (CMG); Ke Changliang, president of Chinese Enterprises Association in Bangladesh attended the programme.

Speakers said research and communication and cultural exchanges are more important. Bangladesh and China are close neighbors, traditional friends, and good partners". Cooperation under the Belt and Road Initiative is making sound progress, injecting new impetus into bilateral relations.

China has been working to strengthen policy, infrastructure, trade, financial and people-to-people connectivity with participating countries and ensure high-quality progress of the initiative, speakers said.

Taking advantage of its rich resources, the center will provide more intellectual support for China and Bangladesh in the high-quality development of BRI, enhance the scientific research, strengthen the cultural exchanges and academic cooperation, and therefore give fresh impetus to cultural and people-to-people exchanges between the two countries.