The seminar was a part of Bangladesh Navy's annual maritime exercise titled 'Exercise Safeguard 2018'
Speakers at a seminar on maritime domain awareness stressed the importance of tapping into the country’s maritime resources for further development.
School of Maritime Warfare and Tactics organized the seminar at Bangladesh Navy's Issa Khan Base in Chittagong on Thursday.
The seminar was a part of Bangladesh Navy's annual maritime exercise, titled “Exercise Safeguard 2018”.
A total of five papers were presented at the daylong seminar styled "Maritime Domain Awareness".
The seminar discussed the expansion of maritime trade, use of maritime resources for energy security, proper management of fish resources, conservation of environment and biodiversity, and the challenges of securing maritime resources.
Discussants at the seminar also called for a coordinated plan and concerted efforts among the maritime agencies for unlocking the huge potentials of the country's vast sea area.
As the rise of international trade through the waterways is contributing to the growing economy, the government has adopted “Blue Economy” policy to tap into the huge maritime potentials, the discussants said.
Prof Zahedur Rahman Chowdhury of the Institute of Marine Sciences and Fisheries, University of Chittagong, presented a paper on "Sustainable Management of Marine Living Resources of Bangladesh".
Captain SM Jasimuzzaman presented his paper on "Maritime Pollution and Response: Bangladesh Coast Guard Perspective",
Commodore Khandaker Akhter Hossain, member (engineering) of Chittagong Port Authority, presented a paper on "Prospects and Challenges of Shipbuilding Industries of Bangladesh".
Akhtaruz Zaman Khan Kabir, chairman of Bangladesh Parjatan Corporation, presented a paper on "Prospects and Challenges of Developing a Marine and Coastal Tourism in Bangladesh".
While attending the closing ceremony as chief guest, Rear Admiral M Abu Ashraf, commander of Chittagong Naval Zone, said: “There is no alternative to using marine resources for the development of the nation.”
Later, he distributed certificates among the participants.