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  • Bangladesh for wider collaboration with Netherlands in water sector

    Bangladesh and the Netherlands are working towards a broader range of water-related cooperation in the future and a tripartite MoU between Bangladesh, the Netherlands and the World Bank outlining the framework of cooperation in the water sector, which is expected to be signed in the coming days, reports UNB.

    Water Resources Minister Anisul Islam Mahmud met his Dutch counterpart Melanie Schultz recently at the latter’s office in The Hague. Anisul Islam is now on a five-day visit to the Netherlands, the partner of Bangladesh in Delta Plan 2100, according to a media release. In view of the forthcoming visit of the Dutch Minister to Bangladesh in June, issues like river bank erosion, land reclamation, climate change risk mitigation, river channelisation, institutional capacity building came up prominently during the discussions of the two ministers.

    The Bangladesh minister highlighted the possibility of land reclamation from the Bay of Bengal in the context of enormous amount of silt the river systems in Bangladesh carry. The Dutch minister also shared their experiences in the area of land reclamation and noted Bangladesh proposal to commercially develop reclaimed lands as self sustained areas.

    The ministers also discussed the possibility of collaboration in establishing a knowledge hub in Bangladesh with Dutch expertise for research on water sector. Anisul Islam also requested his Dutch counterpart for more scholarships for Bangladesh students in the future. Secretary, Ministry of Water resources Dr Zafar Ahmed Khan and Ambassador of Bangladesh to the Netherlands Sheikh Mohammed Belal accompanied the Minister while from the Netherlands side concerned Director General JH Dronkers and Director Ms. Elaine Alwayn were present.

    Published by the Bangladesh Today

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