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Asia can dominate world if all work together: PM Hasina

Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday said Asia can dominate the world if all countries of this continent can work together.
“There’re developed, developing and least developed countries in Asia. if all the countries in Asia can work together then it can dominate the world…we’ve that prospect,” she said.
The Prime Minister made the statement when President of Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) Shinichi Kitaoka met her at her hotel suite in Tokyo.
Sheikh Hasina said Japan is a close friend of Bangladesh since its independence in 1971 and continues its support to Bangladesh.
After the independence of Bangladesh in 1971, Japan was one of the countries that came forward to help build the war-ravaged Bangladesh, she mentioned.
Hasina requested the JICA President to establish a training centre in Bangladesh to train up youths for their skill development.
Like Japan, Bangladesh is transforming from an agriculture-based country into an industrial country taking Japan as its model, said the Prime Minister.
“Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman also wanted that,” she added.
Hasina, however, expressed profound sorrow for the loss of lives of Japanese people in the Holey Artisan incident in Dhaka and condoled their deaths.
The JICA President termed the high growth of Bangladesh under the leadership of the Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina as a remarkable one.
Kitaoka said the study programme with Bangladesh will be strengthened as they are giving importance to it. “Our experience and knowledge can be used for human resource development in Bangladesh.”
He mentioned that JICA has taken a programme to train up more people in Bangladesh.
Due to the successful meeting with the Japanese Prime Minister on Wednesday, he said, JICA would be able to work with Bangladesh more closely.
Kitaoka said Bangladesh and Japan will celebrate the Golden Jubilee of relations of the two countries in 2022.
Kitaoka congratulated the Prime Minister on her re-election for the 4th term, and hoped that Bangladesh will be more prosperous and happier country in the coming days.
Rohingya crisis
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday said Rohingya crisis is a lesson for other situations of crises in the region and elsewhere in the world to overcome chaos with the power of peace, humanity and development.
The Prime Minister said is while delivering her keynote speech at the 25th International Nikkei Conference on Future of Asia at Imperial Hotel in Tokyo with the theme ‘Seeking a New Global order – Overcoming the Chaos’.
“We’ve sought dialogue and consensus over discord, even in the face of extreme provocation and crisis. We aren’t only responding to a humanitarian call, but we’re also aware about not allowing the crisis to escalate into chaos and regional instability,” she said.
Sheikh Hasina said, “Despite our extreme limitations, we as a responsible nation offered shelter to over 1.1 million forcibly displaced Rohingyas “
She went on saying, “The future of the world lies in convergence of interests common to humanity. As a member of the global community, Bangladesh will continue to work with all friends and partners to ensure a stable and sustainable world order for our future generations.”
Hasina pointed that the crisis is a lesson for other situations of crises in the region and globally to overcome chaos and discord with the power of peace, humanity and development.
She said it gives her hope to see that despite many challenges and hardships confronting globally, humans are kept expanding the frontiers of knowledge, opening new horizons to step beyond the realms of mother earth and move towards a true space age.
“Artificial intelligence and other technological marvels are complementing our abilities manifold to reach greater heights of human civilization,” Hasina said.
Mentioning that human civilizations have suffered the horrors of war, and the scourges of nature, and yet flourished, the Prime Minister said: “I’m confident the daunting challenges that confront us now will ultimately produce a positive outcome through strong, rational and responsible leadership and through partnership among nations.”
In this regard, she firmly said the power of humanity and positive forces is bound to prevail.
“The global community is looking up to us, the rising Asia, to innovate, aspire, and lead the world towards continued peace and prosperity,” said the Prime Minister.
Despite positive experience, she said, the growing trend of trade protectionism has been seen in recent years. On the other hand, Asia has long been in support of liberalising trade and investment. Forthright, the protectionist move from many countries may eventually lead to a worldwide trade tension.
“It’s a simple economics that tariff rise will cause decline in GDP growth.”
Hasina expected that Nikkei Forum will suggest how to strengthen the cooperation of Asian countries and how to deal with protectionism within multilateral trading regime.
Putting emphasis on UN system and multilateralism, Hasina said, “Our emphasis has always been to promote peace and progress that would directly benefit people. In a multi-polar world, we would strive to strengthen the UN system and multilateralism for all countries.”
Increasing close interdependence among economies in Asia and beyond will add further wealth to the economies and societies. Cross-border movement of goods and people cause exchange of a wide range of knowledge and experience and ideas, she added.
“It is the dynamism of connectivity that forms the cornerstone for peace and prosperity around the world. Infrastructure, free trade and liberal investment give foundation to Asian development.”
She said the unprecedented levels of wealth and opportunity, rising life expectancy, greater access to education, falling infant mortality and reductions in absolute poverty on a scale which would once have been hard to imagine have been witnessed in the recent years.
The Prime Minister shared some of her ideas as one of the keynote speakers with the Asian leaders to make a better Asia.
“Today’s world is confronted with challenges and conflicts in many ways. We need to pledge to strengthen the world with greater openness, jointly address global challenges, safeguard fairness and justice and inject new impetus to cooperate using innovative ideas and measures.”
Economies should take innovative practices surpassing alliances. Partnerships need to build on mutual trust and respect, common development and prosperity for a win-win strategy and to the benefit of people.
She said Asian countries need to cooperate with each other in the spirit of openness, inclusiveness, equality, sharing benefits and joint contributions.
“Asia’s future will depend on sustainable and balanced development, improving international order and establishing win-win international relations,” she said.
Laying emphasis on facing development challenges collectively, Hasina said, “We may pool together as a group to boost world peace and stability, promote a multi-polar world and protect legitimate rights and interests of developing countries.”
During the question-answer session, Hasina said Bangladesh will welcome any ideas of investment in any sector by the Japanese investors.
The Nikkei Conference was also joined by Malaysian Prime minister Mahathir Mohamad, Cambodian premier Hun Sen and Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte.

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