Activities 2018

 

Bangladesh Institute of International and Strategic Studies (BIISS) organised a Lectureon “Importance of the CTBT in Constraining the Development of Nuclear Weapons, and the Civil and Scientific Applications” on 04 October 2018 at BIISS auditorium. H. E. Dr. Lassina Zerbo, Executive Secretary, the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO), delivered the Lecture. Major General A K M Abdur Rahman, ndc, psc, Director General, BIISS, delivered the Welcome Address. Ambassador Munshi Faiz Ahmad, Chairman, Board of Governors, BIISS, Chaired and summed up the Session.

 In his Lecture, H. E. Dr. Lassina Zerbo noted that the CTBT bans any nuclear weapon test explosion or any other nuclear explosion anywhere in the world. A legally binding in force CTBT is the only way to solidify the moratorium on nuclear testing and an essential step towards the ultimate goal: a world free from nuclear weapons. The organisation is ready to assist countries in whatever way it can. The CTBTO stands ready to contribute to the process of verifiable denuclearisation if called upon by its member states. He praised the role of Bangladesh and noted that as a strong protagonist of general and complete disarmament and nuclear non-proliferation, Bangladesh is one of the first-group of signatories to CTBT and is the 54th country to ratify the Treaty on 8 March 2000. He also noted that the country is respectful to the norms and conditions of CTBT which can be an example for other countries.

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

Bangladesh Institute of International and Strategic Studies (BIISS) in collaboration with the Japan Foundation organised a two-day International Conference on Bangladesh in International Peacebuilding: Experience from Japan on 12-13 August 2018 at BIISS auditorium. The Conference was divided into six sessions. Dr Dipu Moni, MP, Chairman, Parliamentary Standing Committee on Ministry of Foreign Affairs, has graced the occasion as the Chief Guest while, H E Mr Hiroyasu Izumi, Ambassador of Japan to Bangladesh was the Special Guest at the inaugural session of the Conference. Major General A K M Abdur Rahman, ndc, psc, Director General, BIISS, delivered the Welcome Address. Ambassador Munshi Faiz Ahmad, Chairman, Board of Governors, BIISS, chaired the inaugural session. Other session Chairs are Mr Md Shahidul Haque, Foreign Secretary, Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh, Ms Mia Seppo, UN Resident Coordinator, Mr Truls Julian Jaeger-Synnevaag, Deputy Head of Mission, The Royal Norwegian Embassy, Lt Gen (Retd) Md Mainul Islam Former Chief of General Staff, Bangladesh Army and Ambassador Muhammad Zamir, Commissioner, OIC Independent Permanent Human Rights Commission and Former Chief Information Commissioner of Bangladesh.

 Eleven presentations were delivered in different sessions of the International Conference. The presenters are Professor Dr Hideaki Shinoda, Hiroshima Peacebuilders Center, Japan, Professor Dr Mari Katayanagi, Hiroshima University, Japan, Mr Shahab Enam Khan, Associate Professor, Department of International Relations, Jahangirnagar University, Dr Zahid ul Arefin Choudhury, Associate Professor, Department of Peace and Conflict Studies, University of Dhaka, Professor Dr Imtiaz Ahmed, Department of International Relations, University of Dhaka, Dr Peter Wallensteen, Senior Professor, Department of Peace and Conflict Research, Uppsala University, Mr Nazmul Arifeen, Research Fellow, BIISS and Mr A S M Tarek Hassan Semul, Research Officer, BIISS, Professor Dr Rashed Uz Zaman, Department of International Relations, University of Dhaka, Mr Monirul Islam, BPM, PPM, Additional Commissioner, Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime,  Director General of BIISS Major General A K M Abdur Rahman, ndc, psc, and Lt Gen (Retd) Sabbir Ahmed Former Chief of General Staff, Bangladesh Army.

In different sessions of the two-day conference distinguished speakers noted that Bangladesh remains one of the top contributors to the UN peacebuilding efforts, and the country’s peace-related activities have expanded over the years to include civilian participation facilitating institution building in the post-conflict states. Given the depth and breadth of the problem, peacebuilding has been included in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Target of SDG 16 calls for promoting “peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development”. Achieving this target is a massive undertaking that demands close cooperation between nations. As a peace-loving and responsible international actor, Japan contributes enormously to international peacebuilding endeavours. It has actively engaged in addressing various issues and challenges confronting the global community. As the country has played an instrumental role in international peacebuilding, speakers opined that both Bangladesh and Japan will immensely benefit from sharing experience.       

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

 

 

 

 

 

Bangladesh Institute of International and Strategic Studies (BIISS) organised a Seminar on "Commonwealth Advantage: Progress and Potential" on 08 August 2018 at BIISS auditorium in Dhaka. H. E. Mr Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali, MP, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Government of the People's Republic of Bangladesh was present in the seminar as the Chief Guest. H. E. Mr Shahriar Alam, MP, State Minister, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Government of the People's Republic of Bangladesh was present in the seminar as the Special Guest H. E. Rt Hon Patricia Scotland, the Commonwealth Secretary General was present as the Guest of Honour. Ambassador Munshi Faiz Ahmad, Chairman, Board of Governors, BLISS, chaired the session. Major General A K M Abdur Rahman, ndc, psc, Director General, BIISS delivered the address of welcome.

In the welcome address, Major General A K M Abdur Rahman, ndc, psc, Director General, BIISS noted that Commonwealth organisations are involved in diverse activities. from helping countries with trade negotiations to encouraging women's leadership, building the small business sector and supporting youth participation at all levels of society. The focus of Commonwealth includes but not limited to boosting trade, strengthening governance, regenerating the environment, creating prosperity and protecting human rights. It often works as the collective voice of the small states. Ambassador Munshi Faiz Ahmad, Chairman, Board of Governors, BUSS in his remarks mentioned that in the context of the partially successful MDGs and the subsequent 2030 Development Agenda, the organisation faces both opportunities and challenges to meaningfully contribute to the idea of inclusive and shared prosperity through shared responsibility and shared development.

Prominent academicians of different public and private universities, senior researchers from various renowned research institutes, officials from different ministries of Bangladesh Government, former ambassadors, renowned persons of different civil and military institutions and media participated in the open discussion and raised their valuable opinions, observations, questions and suggestions.

 

 

 

 

 

Bangladesh Institute of International and Strategic Studies (BIISS) organised a two-day COSATT Regional Conference on Importance of BRI and BBIN for South Asia on 04-05 July 2018 at BIISS auditorium. The Conference was divided into five Sessions. H. E. Mr. Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali, MP, Honourable Foreign Minister of Bangladesh, was scheduled to be the Chief Guest in the Inaugural Session. Due to Prime Minister’s important meeting, Mr. Kamrul Ahsan, Secretary (Bilateral & Consular), Ministry of Foreign Affairs, presented the remarks of the Chief Guest. H. E. Mr. Muhammad Abdul Mannan, MP, Honourable State Minister, Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Planning, Bangladesh Government, graced the Closing Session as the Chief Guest. Major General A K M Abdur Rahman, ndc, psc, Director General, BIISS, delivered the welcome address. Ambassador Munshi Faiz Ahmad, Chairman, Board of Governors, BIISS, chaired the Inaugural Session.

Twelve presentations were delivered in deifferent sessions of the conference. The presenters inclunded Dr. Mahfuz Kabir, Research Director, BIISS, Mr. Purushottam Ojha, Former Secretary, Ministry of Industry, Commerce & Supplies, Government of Nepal, Professor Gamini Keerawella, Executive Director, Regional Centre for Strategic Studies, Sri Lanka, Dr. Shanthie Mariet D’Souza, President and Founder, ‘Mantraya, Goa, India, Ms. Shanjida Shahab Uddin, Research Officer, BIISS, Ms. Kinley Wangmo, Hydrologist, Chime D Consulting, Thimphu, Bhutan, Mr. Ujjwal Upadhaya, National College, Kathmandu University, Nepal, Mr. Mahesh Raj Bhatta, Research Officer, Centre for South Asian Studies, Nepal, Dr. Mohammad Jasim Uddin, Senior Research Fellow, BIISS, Mr. Hernaikh Singh, Senior Associate Director, Insitute of South Asian Studies, National University of Singapore, Singapore, Dr. Nishchal N. Pandey, Director, Centre for South Asian Studies, Nepal, Maj. Gen. (retd.) Dipankar Benarjee, Member, Forum for Strategic Initiatives, New Delhi. Session Chairs of the Working Sessions were Professor Dr. Mustafizur Rahman, Distinguished Fellow, Centre for Policy Dialogue, Dhaka, Major General A K M Abdur Rahman, ndc, psc, Director General, BIISS, and Dr. Ahsan H. Mansur, Executive Director, Policy Research Institute, Dhaka.

In different sessions of the conference, distinguished speakers noted that connectivity initiatives in the present era are considered as a significant prerequisite for economic development. South Asia lags behind in transport connectivity, trade connectivity and people to people connectivity, with intra-regional trade level at a dismal amount. In this regard, China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and Bangladesh, Bhutan, India and Nepal (BBIN) initiative provide opportunities for enhanced regional economic integration. To address various challenges, speakers of the conference emphasised on strong political will of the concerning countries. Timely decisions are critical to make any connectivity initiative successful.                                                                                                                                                                                      

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 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.