Bhutanese Prime Minister Dr. Lotay Tshering and Foreign Minister Dr Tandi Dorji have sent separate messages wishing speedy recovery of Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen.
"I am concerned to hear the news that you (Dr Momen) are not keeping well due to COVID-19 and I send my wishes for your speedy recovery," the Bhutanese Prime said in a message written to Dr Momen on Friday.
The Bhutanese Prime Minister said he is confident that with good medical care and attention, Dr Momen will recover soon to resume your important responsibilities.
In a separate message, Bhutanese Foreign Minister Dr Dorji also wished for a quick recovery of Dr Momen.
Meanwhile, Bhutanese Foreign Secretary Kingya Singya wrote Foreign Secretary Masud Bin Momen wishing his speedy recovery.
Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen and Foreign Secretary Masud Bin Momen tested positive for Covid-19 recently.
They are now in good health and remain in isolation at home following doctors' recommendations, said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
They both were scheduled to leave for Niger this morning (Wednesday) to attend the 47th session of the OIC Council of Foreign Ministers (CFM).
The planned visit was cancelled as they got the Covid-19 test reports on Tuesday.
They went for Covid-19 test as per rules before travelling abroad but had no COVID-19 symptoms before the COVID-19 test.
Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen has highlighted the significance of collaboration among the South Asian countries for effective implementation of adaptation activities in the region.
He hoped that through collaboration among themselves, the South Asian countries could learn and work together, could survive and even thrive even under challenging circumstances.
Dr Momen was addressing a virtual consultation meeting of the Global Center on Adaptation (GCA) held Thursday.
The meeting was organised to set strategic policies and finalisation of the work programme of GCA’s regional office for South Asia, based in Dhaka.
Dr Momen appreciated support of the South Asian countries for the establishment of GCA’s regional office in Dhaka.
He underscored GCA’s contribution towards driving international ambition on adaptation and strengthening the partnerships that are critical to the commitments made in the Paris Agreement.
Foreign Minister expressed Bangladesh’s strong determination to support both the GCA and CVF through its hard-earned experience on adaptation.
He also said that South Asia is one of the most adversely affected regions of the world due to climate change and without large scale and comprehensive adaptive measures, all the countries of the South Asia region would incur huge per capita GDP losses.
Dr Momen urged to keep up the momentum of the creation of the ‘Global Hub on Locally Led Action’.
Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change Md Shahab Uddin also joined the event and emphasised GCA’s priorities for the South Asia region.
Focal points from the South Asian countries and different development partners like the World Bank, UNDP, UKFCDO and JICA participated in the discussion and made recommendations for a comprehensive work program for GCA Dhaka office.
The International Organization for Migration (IOM), the United Nations Agency for Migration, launched BdeshJaatra, an online information platform that provides information on safe migration, sustainable reintegration, and remittances management for aspirant migrants, migrants abroad, returnees, and their families.
The initiative was launched under the EU funded project “Bangladesh: Sustainable Reintegration and Improved Migration Governance (Prottasha)”.
Dr. Ahmed Munirus Saleheen, Secretary, Ministry of Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment (MoEWOE), launched the platform in a virtual ceremony attended by Giorgi Gigauri, Chief of Mission for IOM in Bangladesh.
Migrants remain one of Bangladesh’s most valuable investments and in 2019 alone, remittances totaled USD 18.32 billion, said IOM.
In the last five decades, Bangladesh sent over 13 million migrant workers abroad. Since the early 2000s, the Government has made concerted efforts to harness the development potential of migration for the country.
Annually upwards of half a million migrant workers leave the country and IOM in cooperation with the Government of Bangladesh works towards ensuring regular, orderly, and safe migration.
As part of this initiative, IOM developed a mobile application and information platform, BdeshJaatra (https://bdeshjaatra.com/), to deliver migrant friendly information services. The platform is hosted by BDjobs, Bangladesh’s largest job site, for job seekers looking for work within the country and beyond the border.
Dr. Ahmed Munirus Saleheen, Secretary, Ministry of Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment (MoEWOE), said, “Managing migration is a key government priority and we work to ensure protection and decent employment conditions for migrant workers.”
"We value the contribution of migrant workers to our national development and we have plans to send 1,000 workers abroad from each sub-district of the country each year. Information on safe migration, reintegration, and remittance management is essential to prevent exploitation, indebtedness, discrimination and abuse. BdeshJaatra is a timely initiative that will support migrants to make informed decisions.”
In her message, European Union Ambassador Rensje Teerink, said well-informed decisions are sound decisions and well-informed migrants are protected migrants.
"This is another initiative of the EU-funded Prottasha programme to ensure safe migration and sustainable reintegration and support improved migration governance. I believe this digital platform will reduce the information gap and help to ensure safe, orderly, and regular migration," she said.
Giorgi Gigauri, Chief of Mission, IOM in Bangladesh said the COVID-19 crisis has impacted communities across the world.
"What we learned during this pandemic is that it is critical, now more than ever before, that migrants have regular access to up to date, verified information. The purpose of this platform is to ensure migrant workers know their rights and where they can access support and services in countries of destination. It will also make migrant workers aware of what support they will receive if they return to Bangladesh. The families of the migrants will have access to information and tools to support improved remittance management through this platform.”
BdeshJaatra provides information, in Bangla, on all stages of the migration-cycle including pre-decision, pre-departure, migration, and return.
The 6.1 MB mobile application, available for download from Google Play store, includes an offline cache feature and can be used in low data usage mode.
The platform is developed under the European Union funded project titled “Bangladesh: Sustainable Reintegration and Improved Migration Governance (Prottasha)” implemented by IOM in partnership with BRAC under the leadership of the Government of Bangladesh.
Canadian High Commissioner to Bangladesh Benoit Préfontaine has shown interest in broadening the scope of the bilateral economic partnership with Bangladesh.
He has also shown his keen interest in exploring Government to Government (G2G) PPP modality to develop projects through collaboration.
The High Commissioner accompanied by Corinne Petrisor, Counsellor and Senior Trade Commissioner of the High Commission, met Secretary to the Government of Bangladesh and CEO, Public Private Partnership Authority (PPPA) Sultana Afroz on Wednesday and discussed the issue.
The envoy also recognized the importance of public private partnership to leverage resources for undertaking projects beneficial to both the Canadian private sector and Bangladesh.
Sultana Afroz expressed her hope that the two High Commissioners will encourage Canadian private investors to invest in Bangladesh through PPP projects.
Dr Khalilur Rahman, Bangladesh High Commissioner-designate to Canada, also attended the meeting, said a media release on Thursday.
Sultana Afroz noted the warm relationship between the two countries and also expressed her appreciation for standing by Bangladesh’s development journey.
She expressed her hope that the Bangladesh High Commissioner-designate to Canada will promote Bangladesh's interest and strengthen the collaboration between the countries in the PPP program.
Khalilur Rahman highlighted the importance of PPP for accelerating Bangladesh's development and focused on possible areas of working together.
A presentation outlining the roles, responsibilities, and achievements of PPPA was shared with the dignitaries.
Bangladesh has a pipeline of 79 projects, of which six projects have started construction work.
PPPA supports projects in various sectors, such as transportation, tourism, health, housing, and many others.
State Minister for Foreign Affairs Shahriar Alam has expressed his expectation for strong engagement of the UK both in Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF) and Global Center of Adaptation (GCA) South Asia.
He hoped that Bangladesh and the UK would build momentum ahead of COP26 for a resilient world.
The State Minister manifested Bangladesh’s strong interest to work closely with the UK Government to make COP26 fully successful.
He made the remarks at "UK-Bangladesh Climate Partnership Forum virtual series – Building momentum on the journey to COP-26" on Wednesday.
The State Minister mentioned that Bangladesh being a non-emitter country, had been constantly bearing the burden of incessant carbon emission of the developed countries.
He also said that under the visionary leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, the Government had prepared Bangladesh Delta Plan 2100, became the first LDC to establish to establish a Climate Change Trust Fund, had developed a national “Mujib Climate Prosperity Plan” and had launched the CVF “Midnight Survival Deadline for the Climate” initiative for all nations.
Shahriar Alam cited the establishment of the South Asian regional office for Global Center of Adaptation (GCA) in Dhaka this September.
He highlighted the UK and Bangladesh’s partnership in the track number 6 of Climate Action Summit of the UN Secretary General.
He hoped the UK-Bangladesh Climate Partnership Forum would bring these two countries together to share innovative ideas, experiences, knowledge, technology and initiatives to achieve greater progress on climate change.
The virtual event was also participated by the British State Minister Lord Ahmed who highlighted that the UK as COP26 President and Bangladesh as chair of the CVF, had a unique opportunity to play leading roles in the critical moments ahead for the whole planet.
He mentioned that the UK-Bangladesh partnership on climate action was built on strong bonds between two countries and hoped that this bond would last even long beyond COP 26.
Ahmed expressed his government’s commitment to double its International Climate Finance expenditure and its intention to spend half of the funding on adaptation and resilience.