Bangladesh Institute of International and Strategic Studies (BIISS) organised a public lecture on “Bangladesh and United Kingdom Relations in the context of UK’s exit from the European Union” on 24 April 2019 at BIISS auditorium. H E Sir Simon McDonald, Parmanent Under Secretary of British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) was present as the Guest Speaker. Major General A K M Abdur Rahman, ndc, psc, Director General, BIISS, delivered the Welcome Address.
In his address, Major General A K M Abdur Rahman highlighted on the long standing relationship between Bangladesh and United Kingdom. He mentioned that the UK, for long, has been one of the largest development partners of Bangladesh and It also remains the country’s largest foreign investor. In his speech, H E Sir Simon McDonald mentioned that the United Kingdom is looking for strengthened relations with the Commonwealth countries and for sharing opportunities with Bangladesh. He added that the UK is investing in different sectors of Bangladesh including retail, banking, energy, infrastructure, consultancy and education
The programme included a lively open discussion where Senior officials from different ministries of Bangladesh, representatives from different foreign missions, business personalities, media, academia, researchers, teachers from various universities participated and expressed their valuable opinions and observations on the subject. They expected a strongly bonded relationship between Bangladesh and UK in the field of development and mutual cooperation.
Bangladesh Institute of International and Strategic Studies (BIISS) organized a Seminar on “Importance and Challenges of Protecting Heritage of Small Ethnic Groups in Promoting National Culture” on 18 April 2019 at BIISS Auditorium in Dhaka. Mr. K M Khalid, MP, honourable State Minister, Ministry of Cultural Affairs was the Chief Guest of the Seminar. Professor Dr. Syed Anwar Husain, Bangabandhu Chair, Bangladesh University of Professionals delivered the keynote presentation. Mr. Naba Bikram Kishore Tripura, ndc, Chairman, Chattogram Hill Tracts Development Board; Professor Dr. Pradanendu Bikash Chakma, Vice-Chancellor, Rangamati Science and Technology University; Md. Mesbahul Islam, Acting Secretary, Ministry of Chittagong Hill Tracts Affairs and Brig Gen Khandaker Md Shahidul Emran, afwc, psc, Region Commandar, Bandarban Region were present as the panel discussants. Major General A K M Abdur Rahman, ndc, psc, Director General, BIISS chaired the seminar and delivered the address of welcome.
Professor Dr. Syed Anwar Husain explored different important aspects of ethnic groups’ culture that include language, tradition, festivals etc. He also highlighted on how these groups are contributing to enrich the cultural diversity of Bangladesh through diverse social customs and cultures. He discussed the opportunities of cultural exchange and cooperation for their development. He added that the development of ethnic culture could bring unity in diversity which ultimately could promote and strengthen national solidarity.
In his welcome address, Major General A K M Abdur Rahman, ndc, psc, Director General, BIISS, noted that the active participation of small ethnic groups with their creative thoughts, perception and knowledge is important for the successful implementation of vision 2021. He also added that understanding cultural diversity would help Bangladesh to prevent racial and ethnic divisions. In his remarks as the Chief Guest, K M Khalid, MP said that this seminar would contribute in strengthening communal harmony between the Bengali people and people of different small ethnic groups in Bangladesh through cultural exchange and co-operation. He also said that current government has been working to realize CHT Peace Accord and has taken all kinds of initiative for promoting the cultures of ethnic minorities.
Representatives of different small ethnic groups in Bangladesh, scholars, academia, policy makers, former and current government officials, former ambassadors, military officials, students, representatives from media were present in the seminar. They highlighted and deliberated on various aspects of promoting cultural diversity of different small ethnic groups in Bangladesh.
Bangladesh Institute of International and Strategic Studies (BIISS) organized a commemorative seminar on "1971 Genocide in Bangladesh” on Sunday, 24 March 2019 at its auditorium. Mr. Adama Dieng, the United Nations Special Advisor on Prevention of Genocide, was present at the seminar as the Chief Guest. Mr. Md. Shahidul Haque, Senior Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh chaired the programme. Major General A K M Abdur Rahman, ndc, psc, Director General, BIISS, delivered the welcome address at the seminar. Mr. Mofidul Haque, Director, Centre for Genocide Studies and Justice and Member, Advisory Board, Liberation War Museum delivered a speech on the topic. Ambassador Munshi Faiz Ahmad, Chairman, Board of Governors, BIISS, delivered the concluding remarks in the seminar.
In the world history, the carnages committed by the Pakistan occupation forces on the night of 25 March 1971 is one of the most brutal and bloodiest events the world has ever witnessed. Throughout the nine-month Bangladesh liberation war, the Pakistani forces killed three million people, while two hundred thousand women lost their dignity. This monstrous crime, a heinous genocide, needs to be sufficiently recognized by the international community. The current government of Bangladesh has declared 25th March as National Genocide Day and has engaged in drastic efforts for gaining UN recognition on the issue. The speaker, in his speech, talked about the heinous attack of the Pakistani Military on the unarmed civilians throughout the Bangladesh liberation war. He also mentioned about the current Governments vigorous endeavor towards attaining UN recognition for the 1971 genocide and gave suggestions to raise awareness about this grave mistreatment of humanity at both domestic and international levels.
The seminar included a lively open discussion. Senior officials from different ministries of Bangladesh, management authorities, representatives from different organizations, academia, researchers, teachers from various universities and media representatives participated and expressed their valuable opinions and observations on the topic. They asked many questions and gave their suggestions about how Bangladesh can proceed at attaining international recognition for the genocide of 1971 genocide successfully.
Bangladesh Institute of International and Strategic Studies (BIISS) and Embassy of Japan in Bangladesh jointly organised a lecture on “Bangladesh-Japan Development Cooperation for Enhanced Connectivity” on 21 March 2019 at BIISS auditorium. Professor Naohiro Kitano, Faculty of Science and Engineering, Waseda University & Visiting Fellow, JICA Research Institute was present as the Guest Speaker. Mr. Takeshi Ito, Minister, Embassy of Japan was also present in the programme. Major General A K M Abdur Rahman, ndc, psc, Director General, BIISS, delivered the Welcome Address.
In his speech, Major General A K M Abdur Rahman highlighted on the long standing relationship between Bangladesh and Japan which is based on shared values of peace and prosperity. In his speech, Professor Naohiro Kitano mentioned that Bangladesh’s economic and social development has been remarkable. He focused on different aspects of mutual cooperation between Bangladesh and Japan for deepening the relationship more. He highlighted on Japan’s various Connectivity Initiative, especially the Bay of Bengal Industrial Growth Belt (BIG-B) and Transport Network Development for Regional Connectivity. He also focused on cooperation with Bangladesh in energy sector development, urban transport network development, waste management, establishing economic zone and academic exchange. Mr. Takeshi Ito, Minister, Embassy of Japan also gave his valuable remarks.
The programme included a lively open discussion where Senior officials from different ministries of Bangladesh, representatives from different concered organisations, business personalities, media, academia, researchers, teachers from various universities participated and expressed their valuable opinions and observations on the subject. They expected a strongly bonded relationship between Bangladesh and Japan specially in the field of peace, development and mutual cooperation.