Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has called upon ASEM partners to invest in long-term climate projects in Bangladesh, such as the Delta Plan. He called on Asia and Europe to work together to integrate the flow of money and technology to effectively combat the adverse effects of climate change.
The Prime Minister made the remarks in a video message aired on the two-day 13th ASEM Summit in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, starting on November 25 via video conference.
The Prime Minister said, “I urge all interested ASEM partners to invest in projects under our long-term Bangladesh Delta Plan and the Mujib Climate Prosperity Plan.”
On the occasion of ASEM’s 25th founding anniversary, ASEM13’s overall theme, “Strengthening Multilateralism for Partnership Growth,” brings together leaders from European and Asian member states, the EU, and the ASEAN Secretariat. Cambodia is currently chairing the ASEM.
Sheikh Hasina said Asia and Europe must work hand in hand to integrate the flow of money and technology in tackling climate change. “We need more multilateral cooperation than ever before for joint and sustainable development,” he said. Developed and industrialized economies need to increase their climate ambitions outside of COP-28. I urge them not to take responsibility for anything that could jeopardize our own economic growth. “
The Prime Minister said Bangladesh wants to be a regional connectivity center with potential for its neighbors. Bangladesh has also proposed to be one of the bridges in the EU-Asia connectivity strategy.
In her speech, Sheikh Hasina welcomed the involvement of Europe in sub-regional communication projects by rail and road. Noting that we need to support our common growth through international security cooperation, the Prime Minister said, “Regional organizations such as the ASEAN Regional Forum will help people to enhance timely cooperation in combating trafficking, maritime, and cyber security and in the fight against terrorism.”
Sheikh Hasina said, “An important test of our multilateral cooperation will be to find las, ting and peaceful solution for the Rohingya, the forcibly displaced people of Myanmar.” Bangladesh gives them temporary shelter and stabilizes the situation. We urge them to return to Myanmar safely and with dignity. “
The Prime Minister said the security situation at the Cox’s Bazar camp was deteriorating and the escalating violence and crime could soon spread beyond our borders.
The Prime Minister said, “The temporary response to this crisis will serve very little purpose. I urge the international community to pay due attention to our concerns. Referring to Bangladesh as the best model of Asian customs and European values, he said, “Our commitment to multilateralism has been unwavering since day one.”
The Prime Minister said, “We are engaged in a strategic dialogue with a number of our European partners and we look forward to becoming a sectoral dialogue partner in ASEAN.” The Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA), D-6, BIMSTEC is currently their leader and other forums will be used to achieve our common goal, ”she said.
Sheikh Hasina said, “We want to see Asem (ASEM) emerge as a force for a better international system.”
The Prime Minister said, “This year we are celebrating the golden jubilee of our independence and the birth centenary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.”
Noting that the Kovid-19 epidemic has put a strain on the global health system and economy, the Prime Minister said, “The epidemic has forced us to divert our development resources and spend it on emergency medical and vaccine activities.” Strategy adopted. His government has announced 28 stimulus packages worth 5.4 billion to combat the effects of the epidemic.
Sheikh Hasina said, “Our priority now is to sustain our hard-working development, reduce poverty and hunger, save mothers and children, increase education and literacy and ensure healthy living.”
The Prime Minister said her government’s goal is to complete the immunization of 80 percent of the country’s population by March 2022.
Sheikh Hasina said, “We hope to maintain the pace of transition from our LDC. We will focus on achieving SDGs by 2030. Our goal is to build an inclusive and prosperous country by 2041. Our partnership with Asia and Europe is important in achieving this goal. “
The Prime Minister thanked friends from Asia, Europe, and the United States for donating the vaccine. “Bangladesh has the capacity to produce quality vaccines,” he said. We want technical knowledge and a license for that. “
It is the largest conference of international leadership since the UN General Assembly. It has EU and ASEAN Secretariats with 30 European and 21 Asian countries.
As has 26 EU member states, as well as Norway, Switzerland, and the United States.
Cambodian Prime Minister Hansen presided over the conference. Charles Michel, President of the European Council, and Ursula von der Lane, President of the European Commission, represented the EU. Slovenian Prime Minister Janes Jansa is periodically represented on the EU Council. Joseph Borel, High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security, attended the conference.