September 24, 2022, 10:00 pm


Diplomatic correspondent

Published:
2022-05-30 12:56:58 BdST

BRI to enhance economic development and bring people more closely to cooperate


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

They made the remarks at a grand Inauguration ceremony of establishment of Daffodil International University Belt and Road Research Centre at the International Conference Hall of Daffodil Smart City in Ashulia on Saturday (May 28).

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. Organiseres 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 Daffodil International University Belt and Road Research Centre moderated the event.

Former Minister, Ministry of Industries of Bangladesh and Chairman, 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.

In the inauguration ceremony, Bangladesh and Jiangxi Province (China) were signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to promote friendly exchanges between Daffodil International University Belt and Road Research Centre in Bangladesh and Jiangxi People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries in China.

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 the Daffodil International University 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 & 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 and delivered the speeches in the programme.

Addressing the programme, speakers said that the Belt and Road Initiative can play an important role in enhancing communication between the people of China and Bangladesh and in the economic development of the two countries.

They said research and communication and cultural exchanges are more important in this regard. 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.

They further said that exchanges and cooperation between China and Bangladesh have now entered a new stage of rapid development. The two sides share broad prospects for cooperation in areas such as agriculture, trade, marine affairs, climate change, infrastructure, urban management, and poverty alleviation.

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 peo ple-to-people exchanges between the two countries.

This Research Centre aims to enhance the research and development of two nations by conducting research related to business, social and economic change, and provide a conducive platform for conducting high-impact interdisciplinary research in the context of the Belt and Road Initiative.

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