Col­lab­o­rate to Ex­plore In­vest­ment and Busi­ness Op­por­tu­ni­ties

Mr Md. Ab­dus Sa­mad Sec­re­tary, Min­istry of Ship­ping, Gov­ern­ment of The Peo­ple’s Repub­lic of Bangladesh

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Un­der the lead­er­ship of Honourable Prime Min­is­ter, Bangladesh has es­tab­lished its le­git­i­mate rights over the sea, de­vel­oped ports with mod­ern fa­cil­i­ties and sus­tain­able in­land wa­ter­ways by car­ry­ing out 1500 km of dredg­ing in the past 10 years.

We are im­mensely de­lighted to wel­come this au­gust gath­er­ing to the se­cond SAMLF 2018. At this mem­o­rable mo­ment we re­mem­ber the fa­mous quote by Fa­ther of the Na­tion, Bangla Bondhu Sheikh Mu­jibur Rah­man – “The im­por­tance of end­less sea re­sources,” which sig­ni­fies the im­por­tance he gave to de­vel­op­ing mar­itime ex­cel­lence. For the first time in the his­tory of Bangladesh he en­acted the Ter­ri­to­rial Wa­ter and Mar­itime Zones Act 1974 to es­tab­lish the coun­try’s sov­er­eign right over the sea and its re­sources. Bangla Bondhu also man­aged to pro­cure 19 ocean go­ing ships al­most free of cost from var­i­ous friendly na­tions of Bangladesh.

It is a mat­ter of great hon­our and pride that un­der the guid­ance and lead­er­ship of H.E. Sheikh Hasina, MP, Prime

Min­is­ter of the Peo­ple’s Repub­lic of Bangladesh, Bangladesh has es­tab­lished its le­git­i­mate rights over the sea, de­vel­oped ports with mod­ern fa­cil­i­ties and sus­tain­able in­land wa­ter­ways by car­ry­ing out 1500 km of dredg­ing in the past 10 years. The coun­try has been able to pro­cure 6 ocean go­ing ships, in­creased ef­fi­ciency of Chit­tagong and Mongla Ports by in­stalling state-of-the-art equip­ment along with con­struc­tion of new jet­ties and ter­mi­nals. With her kind sup­port Bangladesh is go­ing to con­struct the Payra deep sea­port and Matar­bari com­mer­cial sea­port that will fur­ther aug­ment the trade by call­ing mother ves­sels to di­rectly con­nect to Bangladesh and will sig­nif­i­cantly help in de­con­gest­ing other ex­ist­ing ports in the coun­try.

Bangladesh is a mar­itime coun­try by the emer­gence of its geo­graph­i­cal for­ma­tion.

The na­tion is not only con­nected to South Asia, but also con­nected to South East Asia, Asia Pa­cific, Eu­rope, Amer­ica and Africa as well. This fo­rum brings to­gether gov­ern­ments, trade as­so­ci­a­tions and in­dus­tries in South Asian re­gion in con­tact with lead­ing busi­ness en­ter­prise from Eu­rope, Mid­dle

East and South East Asia, to pro­mote tech­nol­ogy trans­fer, im­prove mar­itime re­la­tions, de­velop lo­gis­tics and green ship­ping in the re­gion.

The con­fer­ence will ex­plore op­por­tu­ni­ties, find so­lu­tions for the ex­ist­ing chal­lenges, share best prac­tices and iden­tify ways to col­lab­o­rate. New busi­ness and in­vest­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties in the re­gion and re­spec­tive coun­tries will be pro­moted to a global au­di­ence.

MR MD. AB­DUS SA­MAD SEC­RE­TARY, MIN­ISTRY OF SHIP­PING, GOV­ERN­MENT OF THE PEO­PLE’S REPUB­LIC OF BANGLADESH

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