Planning Minister MA Mannan yesterday said man-made pollution, contamination and natural disasters pose challenges to sustainable maritime development.
“We have maritime resources but there are many challenges such as pollution, contamination, adverse environment, security and natural disasters,” the minister told an international seminar titled “An Outlook for Sustainable Maritime Development and Governance: Challenges and Way Ahead”. Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Maritime University (BSMRMU) organised the seminar at a city hotel.
“We’re very interested in maritime activities. The government has taken many projects in the last decade. We enhanced our activities in blue economy and also set up BSMRMU,” the minister said.
Admiral Aurangzeb Chowdhury, chief of Naval Staff of Bangladesh Navy, spoke as special guest at the event while BSMRMU Vice Chancellor Rear Admiral M Khaled Iqbal delivered the welcome speech.
A number of maritime experts and academics from India, Australia, Netherlands, France, Singapore, Philippines, England, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, Malaysia and Bangladesh presented papers at the seminar.
Representatives from various ministries, UGC, universities, maritime organisations, diplomats, civil and military officers were present at the seminar.