On 11 May 2021, BIMRAD and EASC, DU jointly organised a webinar on ‘Emerging Challenges and Opportunities in the Bay of Bengal in Present World Context’. Dr. Imtiaz Ahmed, Professor, Department of International Relations, University of Dhaka, presented the keynote speech on topic of ‘The Emergence of Indian Ocean as the Center of Global Competition: The Implications for the Geopolitical Dynamics of Bay of Bengal.’ Rear Admiral A S M A Awal, NBP, OSP, ndc, psc, MDS, MBA (retd), Dr. Delwar Hossain, Professor, Department of International Relations, University of Dhaka and Commodore M Humayun Kabir, (TAS), ncc, psc, BN participated as expert panellists. The keynote speaker and panellists focused on the major geopolitical and geo-economic challenges and opportunities in the changing world order. They articulated that the webinar would create awareness on these significant maritime issues and promote cooperative solutions in resolving these present day challenges.
Rear Admiral Muhammad Anwarul Islam, NGP, ndc, afwc, psc (retd) presided over the webinar as the session chair. Rear Admiral M Lokmanur Rahman, NBP, NGP, ndu, psc, Acting Chairman of BIMRAD, welcomed all the participants to the webinar. Captain M Minarul Hoque, (H), BCGM, psc, BN, Director General, BIMRAD delivered the concluding remarks and a vote of thanks to the participants. Proficient maritime scholars, academicians, maritime researchers, and stakeholders participated in the webinar and exchange views and thoughtful opinions to address the issues.