Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Third edition of NBBF on Thursday

Third edition of Nepal-Bangladesh Business Forum (NBBF) is sell set to begin on Thursday March 28. The NBBF has been proved a best platform for promoting and strengthening bilateral cooperation between two crucial members of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC).
A joint endeavor of Kathmandu-based think tank Asian Institute of Diplomacy and International Affairs (AIDIA) and Embassy of Bangladesh in Kathmandu, the theme of NBBF this year is ‘Navigating the Next Phase of Socioeconomic Cooperation.' The third NBBF focuses on two major issues; strengthening media cooperation and expanding multimodal connectivity.
Economic and commercial cooperation between two countries is growing over the years. This is high potential for expanding and diversifying economic and trade relation between two countries. There is a huge potential between two countries on energy cooperation as two countries signed a cooperation agreement in the energy sector – last August – which is expected to pave the way for the export of electricity.
Moreover, media cooperation between Nepal and Bangladesh is vital for fostering trade and economic relations, strengthening transport and energy connectivity, promoting tourism, educational collaboration and people-to-people contact, enhancing bilateral cooperation in common platforms like SAARC, BIMSTEC, BBIN , exchanging the respective climate policy paradigms (CPPs) among others.
According to the AIDIA, energy minister Barsha Man Pun will be the chief gust of the programme. Other prominent guests are former communication minister Mohan Bahadur Basent, ambassador of Bangladesh to Nepal Mashfee Binte Shams, transport secretary Madhusudan Adhikari, former foreign secretary Madhu Raman Acharya, deputy director general Department of Road Keshab Kumar Sharma,  spokesperson Bibeksheel Sajha Party Dr Surya Raj Acharya, chief economist at the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) Golam Rasul, former executive director at the Nepal Intermodal Transport Development Board (NITDB)  Laxman Bahadur Basnet and editors of the prominent dailies.
"In-depth and on-the-spot media coverage will promote the better understanding of the matters of mutual bilateral concern and there are ample of such common concerns between Nepal and Bangladesh,” said founder and CEO of AIDIA Sunil KC. "The third NBBF intends to hold the intense discourse involving policymakers and government officials, business executives, media practitioners, scholars, academicians among others."

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