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Khalid: 'Blue economy' key to achieving double digit growth

  • Published at 11:26 pm March 14th, 2019
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State Minister for Shipping Khalid Mahmud Chowdhury speaks at at a seminar titled ‘Blue Economy and Sustainable Development Goal 14: Bangladesh Perspective’, at Hotel Pan-Pacific Sonargaon, on March 14, 2019 PID

He said Bangabandhu’s dream will come true if we can use our vast ocean

State Minister for Shipping Khalid Mahmud Chowdhury has said by establishing a “blue economy” the country would achieve double digit growth by 2025.

“The government is working on utilizing the vast resources in the Bay of Bengal to harness the blue economy,” he said while speaking at a seminar  titled“Blue Economy and Sustainable Development Goal 14: Bangladesh Perspective” at Hotel Pan-Pacific Sonargaon on Thursday.

Recalling the role of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in the creation of Bangladesh, the state minister said Bangabandhu endorsed the Law of the Sea in 1974 and his daughter Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina demarcated the maritime boundary.

“The dream of Bangabandhu will come true if we can use our vast ocean,” he added. He said under the leadership of Sheikh Hasina the dream of Bangabandhu is being realized.

The Department of Shipping organized the seminar and Rear Admiral (Retd) Md Khurshed Alam, Secretary of Maritime Affairs’ Unit, under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, delivered the key-note speech, while Director General of Department of Shipping Syed Ariful Islam chaired the meeting.

Shipping Secretary Md Abdus Samad and Fisheries’ and Livestock Secretary Md Raisul Alam Mondal, among others, addressed the seminar.