Foreign Minister urges to increase capacity of Indian Ocean region Abdul Momen
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Foreign Minister urges to increase capacity of Indian Ocean region

Bangladesh Live News | @banglalivenews | 29 Mar 2023, 05:27 pm

Dhaka, March 29: Foreign Minister Dr. AK Abdul Momen called for capacity building in the Indian Ocean region and increasing mutual cooperation in related activities.

He made this call at the ninth intergovernmental session of the IOC Regional Committee for the Central Indian Ocean (ICOINDO). The session started on Tuesday at Hotel Intercontinental in the capital. The session will continue till March 30 tomorrow.

Dr. Abdul Momen inaugurated the session through a video message. He highlighted the importance of the Indian Ocean for the region's security, connectivity, peace and prosperity. In addition, conducting marine scientific research programs in the regional and international arena; undertaking projects; And called upon the member states of the Indian Ocean to enhance mutual cooperation in related activities and capacity building in the region by considering their specific interests and priorities in the field of ocean monitoring and data management.

The session was attended by representatives of 14 countries including Bangladesh, independent observers and representatives of IOC-UNESCO Secretariat, Indian Ocean Commission and World Bank. Participating countries are Bangladesh, France, India, Indonesia, Iran, Kuwait, Malaysia, Pakistan, Qatar, Sri Lanka, United Arab Emirates, Maldives, Saudi Arabia and Yemen.

The Foreign Minister assured Bangladesh of all-out efforts to elevate the Indian Ocean Regional Committee to a sub-commission.

Secretary of the Maritime Affairs Unit of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Rear Admiral Md. Khurshed Alam and Executive Secretary of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) Vladimir Ryabinin addressed the first day session.

In addition, IOC President Ariel Hernan Troisi, Secretary General of the International Seabed Authority Michael W. Lodge and IOC Africa President Professor Afian Koudio also addressed the first day's session via video message.

In the three-day session, detailed discussions are being held on the blue economy, conservation of marine biodiversity, marine ecosystems and human health, the UN Decade of Marine Science announced by the United Nations and other important issues.