Activities 2018

 

Bangladesh Institute of International and Strategic Studies (BIISS) organised a seminar titled “পার্বত্য চট্টগ্রামের ভূমি সমস্যা নিষ্পত্তিকরণে রাষ্ট্রীয় পদক্ষেপ ও বাধাসমূহ নিরূপণে করণীয়” on 10 April 2018 at BIISS auditorium. H. E. Mr. Anisul Huq, MP, Honourable Minister for Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs, Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh, graced the seminar as the Chief Guest. Major General A K M Abdur Rahman, ndc, psc, Director General, BIISS, chaired the seminar and delivered concluding remarks.

Honourable Minister for Ministry of Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs H. E. Mr. Anisul Huq, MP, noted that since the signing of the Peace Accord in 1997, the present government under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is working sincerely to implement all aspects of the peace accord. The chief guest mentioned that Ministry of Chittagong Hill Tracts Affairs was formed in 1998 and Chittagong Hill Tracts Regional Council was formed in 1999, among many other accomplishments. Additionally, ‘CHT Land Dispute Resolution Commission Act 2001’ has been enacted and amended in 2016 by the present government, the minister mentioned. He hoped that all other aspects of CHT peace accord would be implemented in the shortest possible time.

 

 

Three designated discussants spoke on various issues related to the seminar topic. The discussants were Professor Dr. Syed Anwar Husain, Bangabandhu Chair Professor, Bangladesh University of Professionals (BUP), Major General Md Jahangir Kabir Talukder, SUP, awc, psc, GOC, 24 Infantry Division and Md Kamal Uddin Talukder, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Chittagong Hill Tracts Affairs.

Senior officials from different ministries of Bangladesh government, civil and military officials, representatives from different ethnic minority groups, inhabitants of CHT districts, members of non-governmental organisations, academia, relevant researchers, teachers and students from various universities and media personnel participated in the open discussion and expressed their valuable opinions, observations, and suggestions to resolve land related issues in the CHT.

 

A seminar on “Upcoming 45th Session of the Council of Foreign Ministers of OIC, Dhaka: Revisiting A Shared Journey” was organised by Bangladesh Institute of International and Strategic Studies (BIISS) on Thursday, 29 March 2018 at Carnival Hall, Bangabandhu International Conference Center (BICC), Agargaon, Dhaka.

The seminar was divided into two sessions- Inaugural Session and Working Session. Major General A K M Abdur Rahman, ndc, psc, Director General, BIISS commenced the seminar with welcome address. H.E. Mr Md Shahriar Alam, MP, Hon’ble State Minister for Foreign Affairs, Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh graced the seminar as the Chief Guest. Ambassador Munshi Faiz Ahmad, Chairman, Board of Governors, BIISS, chaired the sessions of the seminar.

 

 

 

In the Inaugural Session, Professor Dr Syed Anwar Husain, Bangabandhu Chair Professor, Bangladesh University of Professionals, made a presentation on “History of the OIC: Genesis and the Journey”. In the Working Session four presentations were made. Professor Dr Akmal Hussain, Former Professor, Department of International Relations, University of Dhaka made a presentation on “OIC and the Ummah: Promoting Development, Peace and Stability”. Mr Md Touhid Hossain, Former Foreign Secretary of Bangladesh deliberated on “Bangladesh and OIC”. Ambassador Muhammad Zamir, Former Chief Information Commissioner of Bangladesh and Current Member of OIC Independent Permanent Human Rights Commission, made his presentation on “Human Rights and OIC”. Presentation on “Emerging Challenges and Way Forward for an Effective OIC” was made by Ambassador Mohammad Mohsin, Former Foreign Secretary of Bangladesh and Former Assistant Secretary General of OIC.

Mr A F M Gausal Azam Sarker, Director General, International Organisations (IO), Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) briefed the audience about MoFA’s preparation for the upcoming 45th Session of the Council of Foreign Ministers in Dhaka.

 

 

 

 

 

At the end, Mr Md Shahidul Haque, Foreign Secretary, Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh summed up the discussions of the seminar. Representatives of the Head of Foreign Missions in Dhaka of different OIC countries, senior officials of Bangladesh Government, representatives from different international organizations, former ambassadors, media, academia, researchers and students from various universities participated in the open discussion session and expressed their valuable opinions and observations.

 

 

 

 

Bangladesh Institute of International and Strategic Studies (BIISS) in collaboration with Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) organised a Seminar titled Bangladesh’s Graduation from LDCs: Opportunities, Challenges and Imperatives on 21 March 2018 at BIISS auditorium. The Seminar was divided into two sessions. H E Mr Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali, MP, Honourable Foreign Minister, Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh, graced the Seminar as the Chief Guest. Honourable Foreign Minister noted that the meeting of eligibility criteria for the first time for Bangladesh’s graduation from the LDCs is a great achievement. He said that the achievements of Bangladesh in attaining the MDGs targets have enabled the nation to become a role model for the developing world. Ms Fekitamoeloa Katoa Utoikamanu, Under-Secretary General of the UN and the High Representative, UN-OHRLLS, was present as the Special Guest. Major General A K M Abdur Rahman, ndc, psc, Director General, BIISS, delivered the address of welcome. Ms Christa Rader, WFP Country Director and UN Resident Coordinator in Bangladesh also delivered her remarks in the inaugural session. Ambassador Munshi Faiz Ahmad, Chairman, Board of Governors, BIISS, chaired the Inaugural Session.

In the Working Session Professor Dr Mustafizur Rahman, Distinguished Fellow, Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD), delivered the Keynote Speech. First two designated speakers of the Working Session Dr Ahsan H  Mansur, Executive Director, Policy Research Institute of Bangladesh (PRI) and Dr Mahfuz Kabir, Acting Research Director, BIISS discussed on thematic issues that include income, human asset and economic vulnerability. Two other designated speakers of the Working Session, Md Shafiul Islam, President, Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerece and Industry (FBCCI), and H E Ms RensjeTeerink, Head, Delegation of the European Union to Bangladesh talked about trade and development perspectives. Mr Md Shahidul Haque, Foreign Secretary, Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh summed up the Working Session. Foreign Secretary stated that Bangladesh’s graduation from LDCs was a testimony to the hard work and commitment of Bangladeshi people in constantly improving their own lives and moving forward, inspite of facing innumerable challenges.

Senior officials from different ministries of Bangladesh, representatives from different organisations, ambassadors, business personalities, media, academia, researchers, teachers and students fromvarious universities participated in the open discussion and expressed their valuable opinions, observations, and questions on the topic.

 

Bangladesh Institute of International and Strategic Studies (BIISS) organised a National Consultation titled “Global Compact on Migration and Global Compact on Refugees” on Thursday, 08 March 2018 at BIISS Auditorium. Major General A K M Abdur Rahman, ndc, psc, Director General, BIISS commenced the seminar with his welcome address. Mr. Gervais Appave, Special Policy Adviser to the Director General, International Organization for Migration (IOM) and Expert on Global Compact on Migration (GCM) delivered the keynote speech. Andrew Mbogori, UNHCR Representative of the Dhaka Office and Dr Imtiaz Ahmed, Professor, Department of International Relations, University of Dhaka were the panel discussant at the seminar. Md Shahidul Haque, Foreign Secretary, Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh chaired and summed up the seminar. Senior officials from different ministries of Bangladesh, representatives from different organisations, ambassadors, media, academia, researchers, teachers and students from various universities participated in the open discussion and expressed their valuable opinions and observations on the topic.

Bangladesh Institute of International and Strategic Studies (BIISS) organised a Lecture on The United States and the Indo-Pacific Region on 30 January 2018 at BIISS auditorium. H. E. Mr. Daniel N. Rosenblum, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, Bureau of South and Central Asia, the US Department of State, delivered a Lecture on “The United States and the Indo-Pacific Region”. Major General A K M Abdur Rahman, ndc, psc, Director General, BIISS, delivered the address of welcome. Ambassador Munshi Faiz Ahmad, Chairman, Board of Governors, BIISS, chaired thesession and delivered the concluding remarks. H. E. Marcia Stephens Bloom Bernicat, the US Ambassador to Bangladesh, was also present during the lecture.

 In his Lecture, H. E. Mr. Daniel N. Rosenblum affirmed the United States’ commitment to promote trade, transformative infrastructure, connectivity, and stability inthe Indo-Pacific region. He said that the region carries spceical significance to the US as the country shares its longest maritime border and has several long-standing treaty allies in the region. Being an Indo-Pacific country, the US has a major stake in the success of the region. Rapid economic growth in this region during the last few decades has lifted millions out of poverty and allowed for the development of a thriving middle class. He further added that Bangladesh is a remarkable success story in this regard, reaching lower middle-income status after consistently achieving more than 6 per cent for the past 10 years. The US greatly appreciates its security partnership with Bangladesh and highly value its role in maintaining international peace and security as one of the world’s largest contributors of international peacekeeping forces. He identified the key priorities of the United States in the Indo-Pacific reagion, that include reinforcing freedom of the seas and peaceful resolution of territorial and maritime disputes, strengthening military relationship and developing strong defense network with its allies, and expanding economic connectivity, and so on.  

Representatives from different organisations, former ambassadors, diplomats of different countries, officials from different ministries of Bangladesh, media, members of academia, researchers, teachers and students fromvarious universities participated in the open discussion and expressed their valuable opinions, observations and questions on the topic.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bangladesh Institute of International and Strategic Studies (BIISS) organised a Seminar on Changing Global Dynamics: Bangladesh Foreign Policy on 10 January 2018 at BIISS auditorium. The Seminar was divided into two sessions. H E Mr Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali, MP, Honourable Foreign Minister, Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh, graced the Inaugural Session as the Chief Guest. In his speech he identified the priorities of contemporary foreign policy of Bangladesh which among others included deeper engagement with Europe, maritime cooperation and growth of blue economy, regional integration and multimodal connectivity, focusing on neighbouring countries and building effective partnership for economic interest with countries like India, China, Japan and the UK. In the session Major General A K M Abdur Rahman, ndc, psc, Director General, BIISS, made a presentation on “Changing Global Dynamics: Bangladesh Foreign Policy”. Ambassador Munshi Faiz Ahmad, Chairman, Board of Governors, BIISS, chaired the Inaugural Session. 

H E Mr Md Shahriar Alam, MP, Honourable State Minister, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh, was present as the Special Guest of the Seminar and as the Chief Guest of the Working Session. He said that Bangladesh will continue to pursue regional cooperation through SAARC, BIMSTEC, BBIN and BCIM-EC. He remarked that Bangladesh will move forward as long as it maintains the foreign policy dictum of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman which is “Friendship to all Malice towards none”. He also emphasised on continuity of foreign policy.

In the Working Session Professor Imtiaz Ahmed, Department of International Relations, University of Dhaka, gave a presentation on “Politico-Strrategic Aspects and Bangladesh Foreign Policy”, Dr Ahsan H Mansur, Executive Director, Policy Research Institute of Bangladesh (PRI) presented on “Economic Development and Bangladesh Foreign Policy”,  Dr Qazi Kholiquzzaman Ahmad, Chairman, Palli Karma-Sahayak Foundation (PKSF) spoke on “Climate Negotiation and Bangladesh Foreign Policy” and Professor Tasneem Siddiqui, Department of Political Science, University of Dhaka, presented on “Global Human Movement and Humanitarian Issues and Bangladesh Foreign Policy”. The Working Session was chaired by Ambassador Muhammad Zamir, former Chief Information Commissioner of Government of Bangladesh. Mr Md Shahidul Haque, Foreign Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh, summed up the Session. He said that Bangladesh foreign policy has four pillars – pragmatism, peace and stability at the centre of foreign policy, innovation and humanitarianism. .

 Senior officials from different ministries of Bangladesh, representatives from different organisations, ambassadors, media, academia, researchers, teachers and students from various universities participated in the open discussion and expressed their valuable opinions and observations on the topic.