Nordic ambassadors stationed in Dhaka have said that their countries want to have a “stronger and sustainable” partnership with Bangladesh, exploring scopes for greater collaboration on key fronts – climate, green transition, technology transfer, healthy oceans, gender equality, trade and investment – continuing the friendship for the coming 50 years and beyond.
Delivering a keynote speech at the latest instalment of Cosmos Dialogue, Ambassador of Sweden to Bangladesh Alexandra Berg von Linde, Ambassador of Norway Espen Rikter Svendsen and the Danish Ambassador Winnie Estrup Petersen also highlighted the importance of free and fair elections in Bangladesh, multilateralism, global solidarity, international law and dignified return of the Rohingyas to their place of origin in Myanmar’s Rakhine state.
Cosmos Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Cosmos Group, hosted the webinar titled “Bangladesh-Nordic Relations: Prognosis for the Partnership” as part of its ongoing Ambassador's Lecture Series. The webinar will be aired on UNB’s social media this (September 29, 2022) evening.
Cosmos Foundation Chairman Enayetullah Khan delivered the opening remarks while the session was chaired by Dr Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury, a renowned scholar-diplomat and former Advisor on Foreign Affairs of Bangladesh Caretaker Government.
Professors at Department of International Relations, University of Dhaka, Dr Imtiaz Ahmed and Dr Lailufar Yasmin spoke as discussants.
“We have made a remarkable journey together during these 50 years. Our partnership has been through challenges and successes. And we have stood firmly by Bangladesh’s side,” said Danish Ambassador Petersen.
She said it is fair to say that the Nordic countries want to continue as trusted partners and friends to Bangladesh.