Bangladesh-China wants green technology

Bangladesh and China agreed to pursue a green path for economic development and not to make the same blunder like the developed countries responsible for global warming.

The two countries agreed to work together for economic development, but keeping our carbon footprint as much as low to sustain the development for our future generation.

State Minister for Environment and Forests Dr Hasan Mahmud told reporters at his secretariat office on the outcome of his four-day official visit to China.

He said all bilateral cooperation in the areas of communication, trade and commerce as well as climate issues came in the discussion prominently during his talks with Chinese leaders.

Dr Hasan said he held a meeting with chief climate negotiators in the UNFCCC climate talks and chairman of National Development and Reforms Commission (NDRC) of China Xie Zhenhua.

He said the two countries observed that it was the historic blunder of the developed countries to allow release of gigatons
of green house gases in the atmosphere for their own comfort but
making their whole humanity endangered.

“So it is the responsibility of the developed countries to
provide us with green technology free of cost surrendering their
intellectual property right (IRP) on technology,” he said.

We have decided to move jointly with other developing
nations in coming 16th Conference of the Parties (COP 16) to
agree the developed nations to provide technology free of cost,
Hasan said.

They also stressed the need for quick disbursement of fast-
track fund of US$ 10 billion a year committed by the developed
countries in Copenhagen and a separate effective financial
mechanism for management of the new fund for long-term period.

Dr Hasan led a six-member Bangladesh delegation during the
visit. Other members included Vice Chancellor of BRAC University
Dr Ainun Nishat, Organizing Secretary of Bangladesh Awami League
Ahmed Hossain and Ambassador of Bangladesh to China Munshi Faiz

Mr. Xie Zhenhua offered support to Bangladesh in its
development efforts for raising the level of resilience in facing
the climate challenges and urged for outlining the priorities of
Bangladesh, Dr Hasan said.

In a meeting with Assistant Minister of the Ministry of
Foreign Affairs of China Liu Zhen, Dr Hasan said the Chinese
leader reiterated his country’s proposal to construct road and
railway link between Chittagong and Kunming via Myanmar.

Mr. Liu proposed to enhance bilateral cooperation between
the two friendly countries in the fields of trade, transportation
and climate change issues and showed keen interest in development
of road and rail communications.

Bangladesh team also visited the deep-sea port in Tianjin
and discuss with Chinese leaders on another Chinese offer to
construct a deep-sea port at Sonadia, Cox’s Bazar.

The Chinese minister proposed to support Bangladesh to
capacity building of the concerned officials through organizing
training programmes in China.

DHAKA, Oct 24 (BSS)

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