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Bangladesh have to use vast maritime resources for our progress: PM

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina emphasized the utilization of Bangladesh’s abundant maritime resources for the nation’s progress while maintaining amicable relations with neighboring countries to harness the potential of the “Blue Economy” for socio-economic advancement. Speaking at a ceremony commemorating the golden jubilee of enacting the law titled “The Territorial Waters and Maritime Zones Act, 1974” at the Bangabandhu International Conference Centre (BICC) in Dhaka, Prime Minister Hasina underscored the importance of extracting marine resources from the country’s extensive maritime zones.

“We must harness the vast marine resources for Bangladesh’s socio-economic development,” she remarked. She also highlighted the need to navigate the extraction of marine resources and conduct business and trade through seaways while adhering to the nation’s foreign policy of “Friendship to all, malice to none.”

Addressing the peaceful coexistence in the region, Prime Minister Hasina emphasized the absence of conflicts, stating, “This zone is very safe as there is no mess with each other here.” She emphasized the significance of the Bay of Bengal as an integral part of the Indian Ocean and a crucial marine route for international business and trade since ancient times.

Expressing Bangladesh’s commitment to peace, Prime Minister Hasina stated, “We don’t want war; we want peace.” She reiterated the nation’s stance on sovereignty protection while advocating for peaceful development and progress.

During the event, Prime Minister Hasina visited various stalls of maritime stakeholders at the BICC. State Minister for Shipping Khalid Mahmud Chowdhury, Secretary (Maritime Affairs Unit) at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Rear Admiral (Retd) Md Khurshed Alam, and Chief of Naval Staff Admiral M Nazmul Hassan also addressed the function, emphasizing the significance of maritime affairs for Bangladesh’s development.

A documentary commemorating the golden jubilee of adopting “The Territorial Waters and Maritime Zones Act, 1974” was screened at the event, highlighting Bangladesh’s maritime heritage and achievements.

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