Bangladesh Institute of International and Strategic Studies (BIISS) organized a hybrid seminar on ‘Blue Economy and Maritime Security: Bangladesh perspective’ on 21st July 2022. H. E. Dr. Shamsul Alam, Honorable Minister of State, Ministry of Planning, Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh graced the occasion as the Chief Guest.
The inaugural seminar was started with the welcome speech of the Director General of BIISS, Major General Mohammad Maksudur Rahman, OSP, BSP. psc. It was followed by the presentation of the Special Guest, Rear Admiral Md Khurshed Alam, BN (retd), Secretary of Maritime Affairs Unit of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. During his speech as the Chief Guest, State Minister for Planning Dr Shamsul Alam proposed to establish a separate ministry for the blue economy or a separate division under the Ministry of Science and Technology. He emphasized the contribution of the blue economy to Bangladesh's future sustainable development endeavours. The Chairman of BIISS, Ambassador Kazi Imtiaz Hossain chaired the introductory session. Afterwards, a working session chaired by Ambassador M. Humayun Kabir, President, Bangladesh Enterprise Institute (BEI), was held. A panel of four distinguished subject-matter experts presented their research findings. It was followed by an interactive (Q&A) session. Along with other guests, Research Officers from BIMRAD joined this distinguished program.