14 November 2011

Norway offers Bangladesh support for eco-friendly shipbreaking:

Dhaka, Nov 13 (UNB) - The Norwegian government has offered support for the development of a sustainable and environment-friendly shipbreaking industry in Bangladesh.

Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad) will provide financial support under a project which will help ensure safe and environment-friendly ship recycling works.

Norwegian Ambassador in Dhaka Ragne Birte Lund conveyed the message to Industries Minister Dilip Barua at a meeting held at the latter’s office on Sunday.

Industries Secretary KH Masud Siddiqui, additional secretary ABM Khorshed Alam, Norad senior consultant Ashind S Vigtel, senior advisor to Foreign Ministry, Norway Lornts Finanger, specialist director Sveinung Oftedal, International Maritime Organisation official Nikos Mikelis, UNIDO official Dr Carlo Lupi, Morshed Ahmed and Bangladesh Ship Breakers Association advisor Captain Salahuddin Ahmed were present.

The meeting decided to form an executive committee with all stakeholders for the project titled ‘Bangladesh Project for the safe and environment-friendly Sound Recycling of Ships.’

Under the project’s first phase work, a study will be conducted on evaluation of impact of recycling industry on the environment.

Dilip Barua at the meeting said the government is determined to build a sustainable and environment-friendly shipbreaking and ship recycling industry in the country.

He mentioned that some 85% steels of the country’s total demand are met by the shipbreaking industry. “The government has already finalised the draft guidelines for the safe and environment-friendly shipbreaking and ship recycling industry,” he said.

Source: UNBconnect. 13 November 2011

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Norway Environment Minister Solheim due tomorrow:

Dhaka, Nov 21 (UNB) - Norwegian Minister of Environment and International Development Erik Solheim will arrive in Dhaka tomorrow (Monday) on a 2-day visit to Bangladesh.

During his visit, the Norwegian Minister will meet with Finance Abul Maal Abdul Muhit, Commerce Minister Faruk Khan and Foreign Secretary Mohamed Mijarul Quayes.

A Norwegian Embassy release on Sunday said Minister Erik Solheim will inaugurate the Nordic Chamber of Commerce and Industry in capital which brings together Danish, Icelandic, Finnish, Norwegian and Swedish businesses in Bangladesh.

In cooperation with the Ministry of Environment and Forests and the Ministry of Shipping, Solheim will pay a visit to shipbreaking yards in Chittagong.

He will also go to Char Kukri Mukri (a coastal island) to visit a project site of the UNDP-administered Comprehensive Disaster Management Programme (CDMP), supported by the Embassy of Norway.

Besides, the Norwegian Minister will be the chief guest at the inauguration of the Grameenphone house, Grameenphone`s new headquarters. Telenor which is part owned by the Norwegian government, is the major owner of Grameenphone.

Source: UNBconnect. 21 November 2010.

Norway keen to invest in Bangladesh’s energy, power, shipbuilding sectors; Wants to go for joint venture in sectors of renewable energy, green technology:

Dhaka, Oct 11 (UNB) - The Norwegian government has expressed keen interest to invest in Bangladesh’s energy, power, shipbuilding and agriculture sectors.

The Nordic country has also showed interest for joint venture with Bangladesh in the sectors of renewable energy and green technology.

Outgoing Ambassador of Norway in Dhaka Ingebjørg Støfring conveyed her country’s interests when she paid a courtesy call on Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at Ganobhaban Monday morning.

Ambassador Stofring also informed the Prime Minister that Norway wants to export Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) to Bangladesh.

Thanking the Norwegian government for its interests, the PM urged them to boost their assistances to Bangladesh for rapid development of its infrastructure and socio-economic sectors.

Hasina requested the Norwegian government to keep a special zone in its International Seed Bank to preserve seeds of local crop varieties of Bangladesh.

The Norwegian envoy also assured the Prime Minister of her country’s constant assistances to Bangladesh in various fields.

She eulogized Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s “extraordinary” efforts for women empowerment and upholding human rights in Bangladesh.

In reply, the Prime Minister said the government has a plan to introduce full free education for poor students including girls up to graduate level.

As the envoy congratulated the Prime Minister for receiving MDG-4 award in New York, Hasina renewed her strong commitment to attain all targets of Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

On women empowerment, Hasina said Awami League government has reserved 30% seats for women in Union Parishads.

Besides, she said, women are representing the upazila councils also in large numbers and keeping significant role in rural development.

Moreover, women reserved seats in parliament have been increased from 30% to 45%, she mentioned.

The PM thanked the Norwegian ambassador for successfully ending her tenure in Bangladesh.

Through the envoy she expressed her gratitude to all European nations for their support in restoring democracy in Bangladesh through the holding of the December 29, 2008 elections in free, fair, neutral and acceptable manner.

Hasina said since her government took office it has been working tirelessly to further strengthen the democratic institutions in the country.

She said: “The last BNP-Jamaat government had taken the democratic institutions on the verge of destruction through limitless corruption and politicization.”

Referring to the attainment of cent percent literacy by 2014, the PM said her government is emphasizing on introducing day time meal for the students to prevent drop out at primary level in the rural areas.

The Norwegian ambassador thanked the PM for extending all out support to her in properly discharging her duties in Bangladesh.

Deputy Press Secretary to the Prime Minister Md. Nazrul Islam briefed newsmen after the meeting.

Ambassador at-Large M Ziauddin, Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister MA Karim and Special Assistant to the Prime Minister Abdus Sobhan Golap were, among others, present.

Source: UNBconnect. 11 October 2010

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