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Foreign minister urges businesses to join in combating human trafficking

  • Published at 01:14 am August 26th, 2017
Foreign minister urges businesses to join in combating human trafficking
Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali on Friday called for the business community to join the governments of the Asia-Pacific region in combating human trafficking and transnational crimes. The minister made the call while addressing the Bali Process Government and Business Forum in Perth, Australia. The foreign minister is attending the Forum at the invitation of the Bali Process co-chairs, as well as of Foreign Ministers Julie Bishop of Australia and Retno Marsudi of Indonesia. The forum was attended by 23 ministers from Asia and the Pacific region, more than 45 high level government representatives, and 35 business leaders from member states of the Bali Process and UN agencies such as UNODC, IOM and UNHCR. Established in 2002, the Bali Process on People Smuggling and Trafficking in Persons and Related Transnational Crimes is a voluntary forum for regional awareness and cooperation to address the issue of people smuggling, trafficking in persons and related transnational crimes. A total 4.5 billion people of the world’s population are covered under the Bali Process. In his statement, Foreign Minister Ali reiterated Bangladesh’s commitment to the Bali Process and highlighted multiple measures by the country’s government to prevent and combat human trafficking and related transnational crimes.
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He also underscored the necessity for effective cooperation between governments and the private sector to address the root causes of the human trafficking and to manage the demand and supply mechanisms of labour. In addition, Foreign Minister Ali also signed voluntary pledges laid down by the Bali Process co-chairs along with other participating Member States. Earlier, the Bangladesh foreign minister attended the “New Colombo Plan Alumni Ambassadors Breakfast Meeting,” hosted by Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop. Under the New Colombo Plan initiative, several hundred Australian students receive government grants and scholarships to study in various countries in Asia and the Pacific region. Next year, 29 Australian students will come to study in study in Bangladesh. This would be the largest number of Australian students coming to Bangladesh under the New Colombo Plan since it began in 2014. Arshad Jamal Dipu, chairman of Tusuka, is attending the Forum as a representative of the Bangladesh business community to the forum. Bangladesh High Commissioner to Australia Kazi Imtiaz Hossain is also attending the session as member of the Bangladesh delegation.
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