Sheikh Hasina Current Affairs - 2019

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Dhaka Global Dialogue held in Bangladesh

The first edition of Dhaka Global Dialogue was held from 11-13 November 2019 in Bangladesh. The three day long programme was inaugurated by Prime Minister of Bangladesh Sheikh Hasina.

About Dhaka Global Dialogue

Organised by: The programme was jointly organised by New Delhi based Observer Research Foundation (ORF) and Bangladesh Institute of International and Strategic Studies (BIISS).

Participants: More than 150 delegates from 50 countries participated in the conference to discuss some of the most pressing global imperatives in context of the Indo-pacific region. It included large number of policy makers, law makers, scholars, strategic experts, industry leaders and professionals of various fields.

Key Deliberations:

The geographical location of Bangladesh is advantageous and strategic and thus could act a bridge between South Asia and South-East Asia on which it needs to build further. It is believed that the Asian Century which will be shaped by stories of transformations in the east and its collective rise.

Bangladesh annually loses nearly 2% of its GDP due to climate change issues but Bangladesh is also an example of adaptive resilience which could be emulated by other countries globally.

Principle of Bangladesh’s foreign policy remains, ‘friendship to all, malice to none’. Bangladesh has become a role model for other countries for its peaceful resolution of maritime disputes and land boundary agreement with neighbouring India and Myanmar.

Significance of Dhaka Global Dialogue: It will act as a platform for countries in this region on the way of achieving environmentally sustainable peace and prosperity. Participants also agreed upon that peace and stability in the maritime domain will be critical to Asia’s rise.

Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina arrives in New Delhi on 4-day visit

Prime Minister of Bangladesh Sheikh Hasina arrived in New Delhi on a four day visit to India. She will be attending India Economic Summit of World Economic Forum in Delhi on 3 October 2019. This is the first visit of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina after assuming office for third consecutive term as Bangladesh PM and in second term of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Key Highlights of Visit

During the visit Sheikh Hasina will hold bilateral talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The two Prime Ministers will jointly inaugurate 3 bilateral projects via video link and exchange Memorandum of Understandings (MoUs). The two countries are likely to sign 10-12 MoUs and agreements during the visit.

The two leaders will discuss issues including Teesta water sharing, Rohingya repatriation and will also discuss ways to enhance connectivity between Bangladesh and India through river and sea routes.

Both Prime Ministers are also likely to discuss joint celebration of birth centenary of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, 50- years of Bangladesh’s independence as well as diplomatic ties between Bangladesh and India.