The Policy Times Dhaka Bureau:
Bangladesh High Commission in Nigeria held a seminar titled ‘Bangabandhu and Bangladesh: Vision for Peace and Development at Baze University, Abuja on 24 June 2021.
The seminar focused on Bangabandhu’s historic and visionary role in the emergence of Bangladesh and its constitution while delving into his peace-centric agenda for development.
In opening remarks, highlighting the commonalities between the two countries, Dr. Mani Ibrahim Ahmad, Registrar of the University mentioned that both the countries could explore new areas of avenues in cementing the people-to-people contact. He wished success of ‘Mujib Year’ and the ‘Golden Jubilee of Independence.’
Having paid deep tribute, the High Commissioner highlighted Bangabandhu’s visionary and charismatic leadership in achieving our independence. He mentioned that Bangabandhu was the strong voice for the oppressed and peace-loving people of Africa and beyond and added that ‘friendship to all, malice towards none’ was the masterstroke of Bangabandhu’s foreign policy. He gave an elaborate presentation on the socio-economic transformation Bangladesh made under the able leadership of Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on the way to realizing the self-reliant ‘Golden Bengal’ as dreamt by Bangabandhu. Highlighting the strong fiscal policy, stable macro-economic policy, steady economic growth, and ongoing mega development projects, High Commissioner apprised that Bangladesh’s development journey is a glowing example in Asia even during the pandemic. While touching briefly on Bangladesh-Nigeria bilateral relations, Mr. Rahman expressed hope to elevate the two-way relations to a new height.
In his speech, Professor Dr. Tahir Mamman, Vice-Chancellor extended heartiest congratulations to Bangladesh on the occasions of ‘Mujib Year’ and ‘Golden Jubilee of Independence’, while informing that Baze University would continue to collaborate with Bangladesh High Commission in Abuja to celebrate these two events. He praised the role of Bangabandhu in historic and visionary leadership to lead Bangladesh in its liberation war to victory while focusing on Bangabandhu’s role and contributions to peace and development worldwide including in Africa. He expressed hope that Nigeria would strive to deepen collaboration with Bangladesh in a wide area of mutual interest including education.
During the Question-Answer session, Professors and students expressed their keenness about Bangabandhu and Bangladesh. A documentary on the historic 7 March speech of Bangabandhu was also screened