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Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali on Sunday said Bangladesh will give a ‘breakthrough’ in the field of blue economy soon by increasing its research works in collaboration with the private sector.
“We hope there’ll be a breakthrough in this field soon,” he said while addressing the inaugural session of a workshop at Pan Pacific Sonargaon hotel. Delegation of the European Union to Bangladesh organised the workshop titled, ‘Blue Economy and EU Horizon 2020’. Mahmood Ali said blue economy is a new area to explore and it takes time to get benefits from any new sector. Noting that Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has already established a maritime university and marine institutes, he said: “Now we need good teachers there”.
The foreign minister said although there are vast resources in the ocean, very little of those are being exploited for lack of resources and capacity. “We’re marching ahead. Private sector and our universities should come forward in this regard,” he said.
Mahmood Ali said scientific community also needs to come forward along with the government to explore the benefits of blue economy. EU Ambassador in Dhaka Renjse Teerink also spoke at the inaugural session while Secretary (Maritime Affairs Unit) of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Read Admiral (retd) Md Khurshed Alam made a powerpoint presentation.Teerink urged Bangladesh to take steps to conduct research on the field of blue economy.
She said the European Union is ready to work with Bangladesh in this regard as the Horizon 2020 offers many opportunities.
“There is a huge opportunity for Bangladesh,” the EU envoy observed.
Horizon 2020 is the biggest EU Research and Innovation programme ever with nearly 80 billion Euro of funding available over seven years from 2014 to 2020 in addition to the private investment.
It promises more breakthroughs, discoveries and ‘world-firsts’ by taking great ideas from the lab to the market.
Horizon 2020 is open to everyone, with a simple structure that reduces red tape and time so participants can focus on what is really important. This approach makes sure new projects get off the ground quickly – and achieve
results faster.