Thailand and Bangladesh can forge ‘green partnership’ to drive balanced growth

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Thailand celebrates its national day on December 5, to mark the anniversary of the birth of King Bhumibol Adulyadej the Great.

Although the much revered monarch passed away in 2016, the Thai people still commemorate this date as National Day and Father’s Day in remembrance of Her Majesty’s benevolence.

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In a message, Makawadee Sumitmor, Ambassador of Thailand to Bangladesh, said today: “For almost two years, the Covid-19 pandemic has prevented us from spending time with our friends and family in person, let alone ” organize large public gatherings. It has been proven that in times of global crisis that affects us all indiscriminately, international collaboration is crucial to meet the challenge. “

“As the critical and difficult period improves, we must be prepared to restore growth and strengthen our resilience to deal with other possible disruptions that could arise in various forms such as climate change, scarcity of resources and natural disasters. This means that every aspect of our future activities should be increasingly geared towards sustainability, ”she said.

This is an area where Thailand and Bangladesh can share their experiences. Thailand is focusing on the Bio-Circular-Green or BCG business model to use existing resources more efficiently and leave enough for future generations. At the same time, Bangladesh adopted an explicit roadmap like the Mujib Climate Prosperity Plan and set itself clear targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions that would contribute to sustainable development. In addition, Bangladesh has impressively represented the Climate Vulnerable Forum and the V20 by voicing concerns and expectations related to climate change and development, she said.

“Therefore, the two countries can forge a ‘green partnership’ to foster balanced growth and promote lasting prosperity for our people and our planet at the same time,” Sumitmor said.

Thailand is looking forward to 2022, when bilateral meetings and visits can take place. Since July of this year, Thailand has gradually opened the country to foreigners. For visitors to Bangladesh, travel restrictions have been relaxed on all visa types since November 1, allowing both sides to resume the person-to-person connection under new normal conditions.

She added that before the global economy was hampered and blocked by Covid-19, Thailand and Bangladesh aimed to increase trade volume to $ 2 billion. Both sides are working closely and actively to further facilitate trade and achieve the goal. A bilateral free trade agreement is under consideration while more profitable shipping routes between Thailand’s Andaman coast and the Bay of Bengal are explored. Thailand Ports Authority and Chittagong Port Authority are preparing to strengthen their cooperation in this regard.

“In 2022, Thailand and Bangladesh will celebrate the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations. Looking back over the past five decades, the two nations have continuously maintained friendship and cooperation for the common good of our peoples,” he said. she adds.


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