Bangladesh for wider coop with Netherlands in water sector
21 May 2015, Nirapad News: Water Resources Minister of Bangladesh Anisul Islam Mahmud met his Dutch counterpart Ms. Melanie Schultz on Monday at the latter’s office in The Hague.
The two leaders reached at a consensus for working towards a broad range of water related cooperation, says a press release issued by Embassy of Bangladesh in The Hague on May 18.
In view of the forthcoming visit of Dutch Minister to Bangladesh in June issues like river bank erosion, land reclamation, climate change risk mitigation, river channelization, institutional capacity building surfaced prominently in the discussion of the two ministers.
A tripartite MoU between Bangladesh, Netherlands and the World Bank outlining the framework of cooperation in the Water Sector is expected to be signed in Dhaka during the Dutch Minister’s said visit.
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.
Dutch Minister also shared their experience 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. Bangladesh Minister also requested his Dutch counterpart for more scholarships for Bangladesh students in the future.
Water resources Secretary Dr. Zafar Ahmed Khan and Ambassador of Bangladesh to the Netherlands Sheikh Mohammed Belal accompanied the Minister while from Netherlands side concerned Director General J.H. Dronkers and Director Ms. Elaine Alwayn were present
Water Resources Minister is now in a 5-day visit to the Netherlands, the partner of Bangladesh in Delta Plan 2100.