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Science and Technology for Sustainable Development Congress kicks off in Dhaka

  • Published at 01:52 am December 13th, 2019
Sustainable Development Congress
The three-day congress was inaugurated by Science and Technology Minister Yeafesh Osman on Thursday, December 12, 2019 Mahmud Hossain Opu/Dhaka Tribune

Echoing the same, Bangladesh Forest Research Institute (BFRI) former director A F M Akhteruzzaman, said there is an abundant of bamboos in hilly areas of Bangladesh but those bamboos cannot be used to make paper

A three-day long congress titled "Science and Technology for Sustainable Development" kicked off on Thursday at Dhaka's Bangladesh Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (BCSIR).

While inaugurating the event, Science and Technology Minister Architect Yeafesh Osman said Bangladesh has launched a number of mega projects which will help the country towards becoming a developed one adding, "Science and technology is the key to take a country forward and advancement in the field of technology and science of a particular country benefits the entire world." 

During a plenary session on bamboos as an emerging source for pulping and paper making, Yonghao Ni, professor at the University of New Brunswick in Canada, said tissue paper made out of bamboo is eco-friendly adding that this new source of raw material creates new opportunities for this particular industry.

Echoing the same, Bangladesh Forest Research Institute (BFRI) former director A F M Akhteruzzaman, said there is an abundant of bamboos in hilly areas of Bangladesh but those bamboos cannot be used to make paper.  

"The only suitable bamboo for papermaking can be found in the rural areas of Bangladesh but they cannot be extracted for commercial use because people in the villages use them in their daily life," he added.

Another speaker, Kyungho Choi, professor at Seoul National University in South Korea, said: "Rapid development comes hand in hand with sustainability issues. 

"Industrial chemicals affect both male and female reproductive health. It also disrupts the thyroid function, causes obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular diseases." 

Experts from different countries including Canada, China, Finland, Korea, Malaysia, and Nigeria will present more than 200 of their research papers at the congress.    

Discussions and sessions on a vast array of science and technology related topics will be held during the three-day long congress.