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PM called for aggregate endeavors

Staff Correspondent
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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday called for aggregate endeavors of the seven Bay of Bengal nations at tapping the full potential of the region to support their kin.

“We need to find common strategies to rebuild a sustainable and resilient Bay of Bengal region by tapping the true abilities of the area,” she said while addressing the fifth Bimstec Summit that opened in the Sri Lankan capital, Colombo.

Joining the summit virtually from her official residence Ganbhaban, the PM said that the summit meeting gives an opportunity to facilitate aggregate endeavors and figure out common solutions for various difficulties.

Bimstec of Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation involves Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka, and Thailand uniting 1.54 billion people in the resource-rich region.

Sri Lanka is hosting the fifth Bimstec Summit in hybrid mode with the theme “Bimstec-Towards a Resilient Region, Prosperous Economies and Healthy Peoples.” Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa officially initiated it.

The Bangladesh leader said that the huge population of the region is “not only a challenge but also an opportunity.”

Sheikh Hasina added the forum is appropriate to leverage for mutual benefits to address the post-Covid-19 challenges, as well as the effects of the political emergency in the West.

She said that the summit is occurring when the world is going through turmoil due to the Russia-Ukraine war and its aftermath.

The conflict has pushed the world towards a "new disaster affecting fuel and food supplies and taking off costs of fundamentals" exactly when it began recuperating from the overwhelming pandemic, she added.

The PM also noted that the occupations of people, especially of countries like Bimstec, have started becoming tougher with the value climb of fundamentals.

She said that Bangladesh has been focused on territorial collaboration since its Independence.

In this connection, she said that the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman first dreamt of regional cooperation through working with neighbors in South Asia.

The PM said that Bangladesh is currently one of the top five fastest-growing economies in the world.
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