Int’l Conference on Blue Economy held at DU

Published: April 24, 2019 20:10:16 | Updated: April 27, 2019 20:57:29

A day-long international conference titled "Sustainable Blue Economy for the Development of Bangladesh" was held on Wednesday at Dhaka University (DU) Nabab Nawab Ali Chowdhury Senate Bhaban auditorium in the city.

DU Oceanography Department, Blue Economy Cell of the Government, Bangladesh Institute of Maritime Research and Development (BIMRAD) and GreenTech jointly organised this conference.

Presided over by DU Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr. Md Akhtaruzzaman,Planning Minister MA Mannan, MP, as chief guest addressed the function as the chief guest.

Prof Dr Md Kawser Ahmed of DU Oceanography Department delivered the keynote speech, while deputy Head of Mission of German Embassy Mr Michael Schultheiss, Executive Director of GreenTech Foundation Bangladesh Lutfor Rahman and Chairman of DU Oceanography Department Md Jobaer Alam also addressed the function.

Planning Minister MA Mannan said, "Bay of Bengal has enormous resources but we have no adequate ideas and information about these resources."

"We need extensive survey and research to ensure sustainable development through proper utilisation of the potentials of the sea and marine resources" he added.

The minister hoped and said, "Teachers and students of DU Oceanography Department would come forward with specific plans and projects to explore marine resources".

DU Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Md Akhtaruzzaman emphasised on undertaking collaborative survey and research activities to explore seabed resources for achieving sustainable blue economy in Bangladesh.

Several academicians, researchers and professionals from home and abroad participated in the conference, reports UNB.

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