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Foreign minister: Reform Commonwealth Secretariat for more development

  • Published at 10:08 pm August 8th, 2018
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Foreign Minister Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali addressing an event, titled “Lecture on Commonwealth Advantage: Progress and Potential,” organized at the Bangladesh Institute of International and Strategic Studies (BIISS) in Dhaka on Wednesday PID

The Commonwealth secretary general says said they had been working on the demands of the member countries for the last two years

Foreign Minister Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali has stressed on restructuring the Commonwealth Secretariat to bolster ties and ensure development among the member states by addressing the existing problems.

He has also made some recommendations in this regard, including steps to ensure women’s emancipation, good governance, human security and blue economy, among other fields.

Ali was speaking as the chief guest at an event,titled “Lecture on Commonwealth Advantage: Progress and Potential,”organized at the Bangladesh Institute of International and Strategic Studies (BIISS) in Dhaka on Wednesday.

Commonwealth Secretary General Patricia Scotland, who was the guest of honour, said they had been working on the demands of the member countries for the last two years.

Terming the current situation turbulent, she said they would continue working on rebuilding the mechanism of the Commonwealth.

Scotland also suggested giving priority to professional and technical expertise since that would largely help advance a nation with a vast young population under 30. 


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She said exchanging ideas, collaborated planning and coordinated work were very important to ensure smooth development in the member states.

Narrating the importance of boosting trade across the Commonwealth region, she said: “Member countries enjoy 19% cost advantage when they trade among themselves.”

She also emphasized tapping other related opportunities across Commonwealth nations.

State Minister for Foreign Affairs Md Shahriar Alam, BIISS Chairman Munshi Faiz Ahmad and Director General Maj Gen AKM Abdur Rahman, among others, also addressed the event.

Patricia Scotland started her a three-day tour in Dhaka on Wednesday in her first official visit to three Commonwealth member countries, including Bangladesh, in Asia.

She is leading a four-member delegation and is expected to call on Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Foreign Minister Ali, and a number of other ministers and dignitaries, according to the Foreign Ministry.