Eds: Lead to follow
Dhaka, Nov 11 (UNB) – The government of Bangladesh needs to continue energetic diplomacy, particularly with regional partners, to solve the Rohingya problem.
“Platforms such as Bimstec and BCIM which aim to deepen regional and sub-regional trade, investment and transport connectivity should be used for arriving at a solution,” said CPD Executive Director Dr Fahmida Khatun.
She was addressing a dialogue titled ‘Addressing Rohingya Crisis: Options for Bangladesh’ highlighting the implications of the Rohingya crisis for Bangladesh.
Dr Fahmida said extra-regional platforms such as ASEAN should play a role in addressing the crisis.
She said an in-depth study to assess the short-, medium- and long-term implications for domestic and foreign resources need to taken.
“All explicit and implicit costs related to the Rohingya crisis should be estimated. Preparation for post-Geneva follow-up meeting for resource mobilisation has to begin now,” said the CPD Executive Director.
She said support for the Rohingyas from the donors such as the World Bank should in the form of grants only.
“Hence, World Bank’s grant and loan components should be unpacked. Security measures in the Rohingya camps and adjacent areas, particularly in the Southern of the country have to be strengthened,” Fahmida said in her keynote presentation.
The CPD Executive Director mentioned that law-enforcing agencies have to be vigilant to stop illegal activities, drug trade, trafficking and terrorism.
She mentioned that the Rohingya crisis has given a rise to multidimensional problem for Bangladesh.
While the Bangladesh government and international and non-government organisations are playing the critical role in providing humanitarian support to the Rohingyas, major global players are yet to take a strong position in resolving the crisis, she said.
Foreign Secretary Md Shahidul Haque attended the discussion as the chief guest.
Former Bangladesh Ambassador to Myanmar Maj Gen (retd) Anup Kumar Chakma, Executive Director, BRAC Dr Muhammad Musa and Department of International Relations, University of Dhaka Prof Imtiaz Ahmed made comments as panelists.
CPD Chairman Prof Rehman Sobhan chaired the dialogue while CPD Distinguished Fellow Dr Debapriya Bhattacharya moderated the session.