Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has said countries in various regional groups need to collaborate beyond their regions for capacity-building, technology sharing, research and best practices of initiatives to harness blue economy avenues as the idea is gaining momentum.
She was addressing a session titled “A More Sustainable Future (Adoption of Commonwealth Blue Charter)” at the 25th Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) at Lancaster House in London on Thursday.
Hasina said Bangladesh fully endorsed adoption of the Commonwealth Blue Charter.
"Bangladesh, as a littoral country of the Bay of Bengal and member of Bimstec, Saarc and IORA, has relentlessly been promoting a blue economy for sustainable management of our oceans, seas and marine resources,” she said.
"We note that the charter articulates a number of innovative approaches, including the formation of the Blue Charter Action Fund and the Blue Champions. I believe member states will make the Charter workable soonest possible."
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Talking about Commonwealth Cyber Declaration which advocates for a more secure future, she said development of the ICT sector was a national priority for Bangladesh which has already achieved the vision of a “Digital Bangladesh.”
The prime minister said access to information and communication technology and related capacity-building were fundamental to reducing digital divide, alleviating poverty, achieving sustainable development and inclusive growth.
"In a world where our economies are becoming increasingly dependent on the free flow of data, we need to promote the 'openness' in the global data ecosystem for a free, dynamic, and secure internet across nations, sectors, and organizations."
At the same time, she cautioned over threats of cyberattacks and spread of terrorism through the internet, saying addressing the issues on the basis of “zero tolerance” policy was important for the future generations.
Welcoming the Commonwealth Cyber Declaration, she said the principles and guidelines for cooperation in cyber governance, as outlined in the Declaration, were crucial.
Hasina urged the Commonwealth Secretariat to frame appropriate action plans in consultation with the member states for its early implementation. "Technology and expertise sharing and capacity-building must remain a priority for our peoples," she said.