Second International Blue Economy Dialogue held in city

Cruise tourism prospects, opportunities highlighted

- A Monitor Report 01 Dec, 2017  |    -      +
Dhaka : Prospects of Bangladesh's cruise tourism opportunities were highlighted at the "Second International Blue Economy Dialogue" held on November 22-23 at Pan Pacific Sonargaon Dhaka, organised by Maritime Affairs Unit, Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The dialogue was inaugurated by AHM Mustafa Kamal FCA, Minister for Planning as a chief guest while Md. Shahriar Alam, State Minster, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Michael Lodge, Secretary-General, International Sea-bed Authority (ISA) and Dr. Kamal Abdul Naser Chow-dhury, Principal Secretary, Prime Minister's Office graced the occasion as a special guest.

Rear Admiral (Rtd) Md. Khurshed Alam, Secretary, Maritime Affairs Unit, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, presented the welcome remarks.

Twenty-five working sessions took place during the two-day dialogue where 25 experts on different fields have presented their papers in different subjects related to Blue Economy.


Taufiq Rahman, Director, Tour Operators Association of Bangladesh (TOAB) and Secretary General, PATA Bangladesh Chapter spoke about Tourism. His topic was "International Cruise Tourism Opportunities: Bangladesh Perspective."

Taufiq Rahman's company Journey Plus has initiated the visit for the first time in Bangladesh history an international cruise ship "Silver Discoverer" to Bangladesh this year in February and March with 162 foreign tourists from 17 different countries.

Experts were from UK, Belgium, Nederland, Austra-lia, China, India, Sri Lanka, Scotland, Vietnam etc. Representative from FAO, World Bank, European Union, World Fish Centre also took part in the dialogue dialogue.

The Blue Economy dialogue ended on November 23 where Md. Shahriar Alam, was the chief guest. Apart from the speakers, there were few participants from BIMSTEC countries including the Secretary General of BIMSEC were present.

There were many participants from Bangladesh including Bangladesh Tourism Board (BTB), Bangladesh Parjatan Corporation (BPC), Bangla-desh Navy, Bangladesh Coast Guard, Chittagong Port Authority, Mongla Port Authority, Maritime University, other universities. Partici-pants from different Ministries and other government agencies also took part the dialogue.

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