Bangladesh to host Commonwealth Business Connectivity Conference

Ansar Ahmed Ullah

Bangladesh is to host the Commonwealth Business-to-business Connectivity Conference in Dhaka. Bangladesh’s State Minister for Foreign Affairs Md. Shahriar Alam, MP proposed to host a Commonwealth Business-to-business Connectivity Conference in Dhaka in the first quarter of 2020 as the Lead country within the Commonwealth entrepreneurs and businesses. The Minister, while addressing the Commonwealth Foreign Affairs Ministers meeting (CFAMM) held in London put forward the proposal at Marlborough House in London on 10 July 2019.

The United Kingdom, Chair-in-Office of the Commonwealth hosted the 18th CFAMM on 10 July, as the Commonwealth celebrates the 70th birth anniversary and embarks on a historic reform process. Foreign Ministers from across the Commonwealth participated in the meeting. State Minister for Foreign Affairs headed a six-member Bangladesh delegation to CFAMM. 

He also outlined Bangladesh’s plan to launch a virtual hub for connecting business, trade and policy making bodies for both documentation and showcasing business opportunities across the Commonwealth. He urged the Commonwealth member states to share their business and trade information to help enrich the proposed virtual platform. He also conveyed plans to publish a special publication on the occasion of the said business conference. He offered to share the innovation engines designed by Bangladeshi researchers for connecting factors of production and consumer markets through seamless digital connectivity.

State Minister mentioned Bangladesh’s  self-initiative ‘Climate Change Trust Fund (CCTF) from its own resources to combat climatic adversities under the climate crusader Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. State Minister urged the member states to focus on three policy interventions regarding climate change-security including implementation of the 2030 Agenda, the Paris Agreement and the Sendai Framework. He called for greater cooperation in international development cooperation for providing additional financial resources for adaptation, special and differential treatment for trade, ensuring technology transfer to the vulnerable countries.

At the sidelines of the CFAMM, State Minister met the Indian External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar. Later, State Minister called on The Prince of Wales at the Clarence House at a reception. He also interacted with Jeremy Hunt, Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs of the UK and Patricia Scotland, Secretary-General of Commonwealth.

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