POST TIME: 13 June, 2019 00:00 00 AM
Sheikh Hasina’s tri-nation tour brings positive outcomes for Bangladesh
The OIC meeting insisted on the importance of conducting international, independent and transparent investigations into the human rights violations in Myanmar

Sheikh Hasina’s tri-nation tour brings positive outcomes for Bangladesh

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina arrived in Tokyo, Japan as part of her tri-nation (Japan, Saudi Arabia and Finland) tour on 28th may, 2019 to attend the Nikkei international conference on the future of Asia. In her meeting with the Japanese counterpart, several Memorandums of Understanding (MoU) were signed including the 40th ODA (Official Development Assistance) deal involving US$ 2.5 billion for implementing five projects to bolster ties between the two countries. The five projects are: 1) Dhaka Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) Development, 2) Foreign Direct Investment Promotion Project, 3) Energy Efficiency and Conservation Promotion Financing Project (Phase-2), 4) Matarbari Ultra Super Critical Coal-Fired Power Project, and 5) Matarbari Port Development Project. The PM also called on Japanese business leader to explore investment opportunities in Bangladesh. While addressing the Bangladesh-Japan Business Forum meeting at Tokyo, she outlined the advantages of investment opportunities in Bangladesh as prudent macro-economic management, sustained policy support to the private investors, robust investments in infrastructure and human development as the primary factors driving Bangladesh’s burgeoning economy. Describing Bangladesh as the 2nd largest economy in the south Asia and 41st in the world in terms of GDP growth she was hoping it to hit a record 8.13 percent in this fiscal year. And if the current trend of growth continues, it will attain double-digit growth in near future. The PM also raised our Rohingya problem, and Japan extended its full support to Bangladesh’s call for safe and dignified early return of Rohingyas to their homeland. Tokyo assured Bangladesh of helping over Rohingya return issue and for its early and durable solutions.

On May 31, she departed from Japan to Jeddah for attending the 14th session of the OIC’s (Organization of Islamic Cooperation) Islamic Summit in Makkah in Saudi Arabia and performed the holy Umrah on June 1 and offered Ziarat at the Rawaza Mubarak of Prophet Hazarat Muhammad (PBUH) on June 2. She held several meetings with Saudi counterpart of bilateral interests of the two nations. She urged Saudi businessmen and investors to invest in Bangladesh in the most potential sectors of the economy. She raised the Rohingya return issues to Myanmar and sought helps from OIC’s country’s support for immediate resolving of the issue. She also sought support for helping Bangladesh to launch the Rohingya case at International Court of Justice (ICJ) with voluntary funding and technical help to ensure the legal rights of Rohingyas and address the question of accountability. PM explained the causes of shelter of the Rohingya people in Bangladesh and made opinion in the OIC’s states in favor of Bangladesh to resolve the crisis immediately. Bangladesh is hosting over 1.2 million Rohingya people in Cox’s Bazar district on humanitarian ground and majority of them entered the country since August 25, 2017. The OIC has called upon the ad hoc ministerial committee led by the Gambia to take immediate measures to launch the case of Myanmar’s human rights violations against Rohingyas at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) on behalf of the OIC. It affirmed its support the ad hoc ministerial committee on human rights violations against Rohingyas in Myanmar, using all instruments to hold accountable the perpetrators of crimes against the Rohingyas. The conference insisted on the importance of conducting international, independent and transparent investigations into the human rights violations in Myanmar, including sexual violence and aggression against women, children and to hold accountable all those responsible for brutal acts in order to make justice to the victims. The conference condemned the inhuman situation in which the Rohingya Muslim community lives and called for urgent action to end acts of violence and all brutal practices targeting this minority and give it all its rights without any discrimination or racial profiling.

It emphasized that the government of Myanmar is fully responsible for the protection of citizens and underscored the need to stop the use of military power in Rakhine immediately. The conference urged the government of Myanmar to take practical, time-bound and concrete steps to restore the citizenships of Rohingya Muslim minority community who were deprived of their nationality. The OIC member states called for ensuring free and unrestricted access to humanitarian assistance by affected persons and communities. They reiterated its deep appreciation for the people of Bangladesh and the Government of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for opening their hearts and borders and giving shelter in Bangladesh to the forcibly displaced Rohingyas and consistently supporting the dispossessed and distressed Rohingyas with Bangladesh scared resources. The conference called on the member states to come up generously to share the increasing burden of Bangladesh. She also reiterated her commitment to zero tolerance on corruption, to continue anti-drugs campaign and zero tolerance on encouraging and financing terrorism in the country.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina left Jeddah on June 3, reached Finland on June 4 and had meeting with Finnish President, Finnish investors, businessmen and other high profile officials of Finland. She arguably raised and narrated the present socio-economic condition of Bangladesh and urged Finland’s investors to invest in Bangladesh. She also described the impact of climate change in Bangladesh and its effects on its peoples. Bangladesh and Finland have agreed to work together on the issues of climate change. Bangladesh and Myanmar situation on Rohingya issues also came up during the discussion of the meeting with Finnish leaders and our Prime Minister sought support and helps for a permanent solution of the issues in an amicable manner.

Our prime minister successfully did able to raise the most important issues in her tri-nation tour and successfully realized opinions in favour of Bangladesh from the three state’s high profile leaders and it was a successful journey.

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