13 July 2013

More support for maritime dev sought:

IMO secy gen meets PM, Industries Minister
Prime Minister (PM) Sheikh Hasina on Thursday sought more cooperation from the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) for maritime development of the country, reports UNB.
"Bangladesh needs more support and cooperation of the IMO for the country's maritime development," she said when IMO Secretary General Koji Sekimizu paid a courtesy call on her.
PM's Press Secretary Abul Kalam Azad briefed journalists after the meeting at the PM's official residence Gonobhaban.
The PM informed the visiting IMO secretary general that the government has taken various steps for further flourishing the shipbuilding industry in the country.
The shipbuilding industry is booming and the country is exporting ships to different countries of the world, she said.
Sheikh Hasina requested the IMO secretary general to extend technical cooperation and training for Bangladeshi seafarers.
She also sought IOM's help to reinstate Bangladesh in the Board of Governors of the World Maritime University as a representative of the developing world.
In response, the IMO secretary general appreciated Bangladesh's progress in shipbuilding and ship-recycling industry. "The country has huge a potential in this sector," he said.
Koji Sekimizu also put emphasis on giving more attention to the issues of environment and healthcare of the workers.
Shipping Minister Shajahan Khan, Ambassador at-Large M Ziauddin, PM's Press Secretary Abul Kalam Azad and PM's Special Assistant Dr Abdus Sobhan Golap were present during the meeting.
Another BSS report adds: International Maritime Organisation (IMO) on Thursday expressed the interest to provide technical support for development of the ship recycling and breaking industries in the country.
At a meeting with Industries Minister Dilip Barua in the city, visiting IMO Secretary General Koji Sekimizu said the planned support would help reduce workers' health hazard in the workplace.
Shipping Secretary Syed Monjurul Islam, Industries Secretary Mohammad Moinuddin Abdullah, Additional Secretary of the Ministry of Industries GM Joinal Abedin Bhuiyan and IMO high officials were present during the meeting.
Dilip Barua said the government has been working for building green shipbuilding, ship breaking and recycling industries.
In doing so, he said, it has already formulated the Ship Breaking and Ship Recycling Policy-2011.
He sought IMO support for a model shipyard and modern waste damping yard.
He drew attention to the visiting IMO Secretary General for training of both owners and workers in the shipbreaking and recycling industries.
Source: the financial express. 28 June 2013

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