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Dhaka, 20 June 2017. Today in a seminar held at CIRDAP auditorium titled “Climate Change: Bangladesh and Bay of Bengal Regional Cooperation” civil society leaders, policy makers and experts urged to strengthen cooperation in the Bay of Bengal region or BIMSTEC (Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi Sectoral Technical Economic Cooperation) regional cooperation to tackle climate change problem and also to use natural resources for common public good. The seminar was organized by an NGO (non-government organization) COAST Trust (Coastal Association for Social Transformation) with the assistance from American Centre Dhaka. The seminar was Chaired by Dr. Qazi Kholiquzzaman Ahmed,…

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Dhaka, 4th June 2017. Today in seminar held in Cirdap auditorium political leaders, civil society and embassy officials emphasize esteranization of culture and economy which has long history and long heritage, the also urged for strengthening regional cooperation in Bay of Bengal region with BIMSTEC (a regional state association) to tap Blue Economy especially for the benefit of people of the region in sustainable manner. The seminar title “ Blue Economy : Bangladesh and Bay of Bengal Regional Cooperation” organized by COAST a NGO working for coastal poor in Bangladesh with the assistance from American Center as a part of…

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This article, published in the Guardian, says that, Long treated as a bottomless resource pit, over-exploitation of the ocean, pollution and rising sea levels are having a catastrophic impact on life in the bay.For the majority of those who depend on it, the Bay of Bengal can provide no more than a meagre living: 61% of India’s fisherfolk already live below the poverty line. Yet the numbers dependent on fisheries are only likely to grow in years to come, partly because of climate change. In southern India drought and water scarcity have already induced tens of thousands of farmers to join…

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This book is a collection of papers on the issue of climate change, focusing the bay of bengal region. Researchers from different BIMSTEC member countries have submitted their paper from. The papers have comprehensively addressed the climate change impact which being happened in BIMSTEC countries, described and tried to evaluate on both adaptation and mitigation approaches taken of their respective context sector cooperation in necessary areas to enhance the regional cooperation and facilities in combating climate change impact towards sustainable development in this region. [Click here for details]

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This book is collection of papers on the issue of blue economy in the bay of Bengal region. The papers have comprehensively addressed the present and future prospects of ocean centric development and economic activities for BIMSTEC member countries. They have also addressed the possible strategies in respect of their own country context and future economic opportunities those included the structural development for ocean-based trading, shipping and tourism for country growth and development. Papers also have tried to find out the opportunities of sector cooperation in necessary areas to enhance the regional cooperation and facilities towards sustainable development in this…

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03 November 2016. The American Center Dhaka and the Coastal Association for Social Transformation (COAST) Trust have jointly launched a new platform for the CSOs from the BIMSTEC member countries. The platform named Bay of Bengal Forum (BBForum) has been launched today at the Edward M Kennedy (EMK) Center in Dhanmondi, Dhaka. According to the organisers, the main aim of the forum is to revive the historical relation and cooperation in the Bay of Bengal region, to promote regional connectivity and it is for the interest of marginalized section of population of the area. Its efforts will be to strengthen the relationship…

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The American Centre, Dhaka and COAST Trust are going to organise the launching of the E-book titled “Advancing Sustainable Socio-Economic Development through Education in the Bay of Bengal Region”. The event will be conducted as a soft-launching manner and will be inaugurated by US Alumni’. The event will be held at EMK Centre [Midas Center Building (9th Floor), House#5, Road #27 (old)], Dhanmondi, Dhaka-1209 at 5.30-7.00pm. The American Center Dhaka and the Coastal Association for Social Transformation (COAST) Trust signed a cooperative agreement in September 2015 to implement a project entitled “The Bay of Bengal Working Group.”  The main objective…

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This paper titled The Bay of Bengal at the Crossroads: Potentials for Cooperation among Bangladesh, India and Myanmar is based on deliberations at an international conference on “The Future of the Bay of Bengal” held in Kolkata on 3-4 March, 2014 organized by Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung. It says Historically, the BoB region has played the crucial role of a connector – where trade, commerce and cultures were intertwined for centuries. Improving political relationships among the governments of Bangladesh, India and Myanmar and the settlement of long-standing maritime territorial disputes provide an opportune time to explore trilateral cooperation in resources sharing, inter-linking connectivity…

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International Journal of u- and e- Service, Science and Technology (Vol.9, No. 4 (2016) pp.235-248) published a study on BIMSTEC. The purpose of this study is to explore the trade and investment potential under the ambit of regional cooperation comprising the seven contiguous countries of Bangladesh, India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan, Thailand and Myanmar (BIMSTEC). The study addressed the latest update of BIMSTEC economic cooperation and then explored the economic impact of the regional integration. The potential economic impact of the BIMSTEC economic cooperation as well as BIMSTEC FTA could promote the growth for the region. One of the major…

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Sustainable Development Solution Network has recently published a global report on SDG assessment. The report titled SDG Index & Dashboards provides SDG index of 149 countries. The SDG Index ranks countries regarding their initial status on the 17 SDGs, where “initial” refers to data as close to 2015 as available. According to the report Thailand ranks top (61) and Bangladesh ranks the last (118). Among others Myanmar ranks 117, India 110, Sri Lanka 97, Bhutan 82 and Nepal ranks 103. To get the full report Click Here.

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