Colombo, May 21 (newsin.asia): The Bangladesh High Commissioner in Sri Lanka, Riaz Hamidullah, on Saturday spoke to the Faculty of Graduate Studies in Colombo University about Bangladesh’s graduation from LDC status, highlighting the many indigenous solutions it had found for development issues across sectors.
Hamidullah pointed that Bangladeshi experience, knowledge and indigenous solutions to problems in agriculture, rural development and disaster management can help Sri Lanka in addressing its challenges.
He was speaking on “Bangladesh’s Journey in Development: Moving beyond LDC; and Perspectives on Regionalism”.
In his 45-minute presentation, the High Commissioner began with an exposition of the values and features of the Bengali people and their nationalism; and Bangabandhu Sheikh Mjibur Rahman’s leadership in steering the War of Liberation in 1971.
Hamidullah explained how Bangladesh’s development across the society and economy over the past four and half decades has come about in spite of severe constraints and limitations.
He shared the vision and the key measures and initiatives taken by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina over the past decade in making Bangladesh a responsive, responsible, harmonious and stable State, with a rapidly growing economy.
He elaborated Bangladesh’s vision and approach to multi-modal connectivity and outreach to the countries in the South Asian region and beyond.
Hamidullah said that Sri Lanka can innovatively collaborate with Bangladesh as a newly emerged MIC in a number of fields specially the global apparel supply chain and logistics.
The two-hour event concluded with the donation of a selection of books by the High Commissioner on Bangladesh’s development, history, culture to the Faculty of Graduate Studies.
The Director of the Faculty said these books would “enrich the library’s collection on Bangladesh and provide useful references for the research students.”
A specially-tailored documentary highlighting key aspects of Bangladesh’s history, culture, geography and different facets of contemporary development, was also shown.
Professor Nayani Melegoda, Dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies of the University moderated the event.
(The featured image at the top shows the Bangladesh High Commissioner Riaz Hamidullah gifting books to the Faculty of Graduate Studies in Colombo University)