Bangladesh Ambassador meets Swedish Minister for International Development Cooperation
Ambassador H. E. Mr. Md. Golam Sarwar met the Swedish Minister for International Development Cooperation Ms. Isabella Lövin on 11 March 2016 at her office. He thanked the Swedish government for having chosen Bangladesh as Sweden´s one of the few long term development partners and appreciated the country´s ongoing 7-year strategy for Bangladesh from 2014 to 2020 involving a total of 1.6 billion SEK (eq. to 213 million US$), which is aimed at improving the conditions for the people, raising them out of poverty, strengthening democracy, promoting human rights and gender equality, and contributing to sustainable development. The Ambassador also appreciated the Minister for her government´s cooperation in promoting decent working conditions in the RMG sector of Bangladesh.
Ms. Isabella Lövin recollected her visit to Bangladesh, especially in coastal areas, in November 2014 when she saw the negative impact of climate change on Bangladesh. She expressed satisfaction at the adoption of the first-ever universal, legally binding global climate deal at COP-21 late last year in Paris. In this context, H. E. the Ambassador highlighted Bangladesh government´s strong and proactive role in various climate related fora including the COP 21. The Ambassador informed the Swedish Minister that Bangladesh is the current chair of Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD) and will host the summit in December this year. Minister Lövin said that the upcoming Summit in Dhaka could be utilized to address the ongoing migrant crisis emanating from war-torn Syria and Afghanistan and another similar crisis in the making in South Sudan.
At the end of the meeting, H. E. the Ambassador also mooted an idea of a possible Swedish cooperation in sustainable fishing in Bangladesh´s exclusive economic zone in the Bay of Bengal.