Dhaka, Nov 14 (UNB) - Bangladesh and Denmark on Tuesday signed a political declaration over Denmark’s support to local communities in Cox’s Bazar, and discussed the present Rohingya crisis.
The fast and sudden Rohingya influx, repeating floods and cyclones during the monsoon have put a severe pressure on livelihoods in Cox’s Bazar.
Foreign Secretary Md Shahidul Haque welcomed State Secretary of the Danish Development Cooperation Martin Bille Hermann to discuss among others the present Rohingya crisis and bilateral relations within trade and development.
Martin Bille Hermann praised Bangladesh for having performed a great task by taking in hundreds of thousands Rohingyas who have fled Myanmar since the influx began on August 25.
Denmark was one of the first responding donors to the ongoing crisis and has so far committed over DKK 120 million (USD 18.7 million) for humanitarian relief of the Rohingya refugees through UN agencies and NGOs.
Denmark has allocated an additional DKK 33 million (USD 5.2 million) to the existing Country Programme which includes agricultural education, climate change adaptation and human rights support to the local people in Cox’s Bazar, said the Foreign Ministry here.
Haque and Martin Bille Hermann also discussed the mutual development cooperation where Bangladesh has made impressive achievements.
The Danish State Secretary greeted Bangladesh for its results in poverty reduction, access to education and health as some of the most significant results.
On the same note, the Danish State Secretary underlined the importance of collaboration on fulfillment of the Sustainable Development Goals.
As part of the cooperation, Denmark and Bangladesh hosted a joint Green Growth Conference in April in Dhaka where experts from both countries discussed how Bangladesh can embark upon a green transition as Denmark has undergone.
The two officials also had the chance to discuss bilateral trade between Denmark and Bangladesh. Trade between the two countries has doubled over the last five years and it seems clear that the cooperation is moving from aid to trade.
Migration, human rights and the upcoming elections were among other important subjects that were discussed during the meeting.