◈ Dhaka awaits New Delhi’s reply on Teesta note verbal: spokeswoman ◈ Quader urges children to abhor communalism and militancy ◈ AL sees power as scope to serve people: PM ◈ Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today said Bangladesh should formulate a roadmap considering its geo-strategic advantage to make the country an aviation hub. “Reaping on the dividend of our geo-strategic advantage, we should create a roadmap as to how we can make our country as an Aviation Hub,” she said in a video statement aired in the inaugural session of the first edition of Aviation Summit in Dhaka. The Civil Aviation and Tourism Ministry, in collaboration with the UK and France, organised the “Bangladesh Aviation Summit-2023” at a city hotel. The prime minister described the summit as very significant for Bangladesh as it has aspiration to become an aviation hub in the region. She said Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman undertook measures to turn the country into an ‘Aviation Hub’ to connect the East and the West capitalizing the advantage of Bangladesh’s geographical location, just after achieving the membership of ICAO in 1973. The premier said the move was halted immediately after the assassination of the Father of the Nation in 1975. “We have undertaken several measures to support the development of an aviation hub. During the last one decade, we implemented a host of projects to upgrade our airports, airport security and ground handling,” she said. As part of the move to make Bangladesh as an aviation hub, Sheikh Hasina asked the concerned government organisations, the airlines and other stakeholders to carry out their responsibility to create conducive environment for the development and sustaining market both for passengers and cargo. “The government is going to introduce e-visa system which will also facilitate and expedite the flow of passengers visiting Bangladesh for business or tourism,” she said. Promising aviation industry requires skilled manpower, she said, adding, “Our youth must have the opportunities to be trained to become pilots, aeronautics engineers, mechanics, crew members and much more.” The premier hoped that Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Aviation and Aerospace University, established by her government, would be able to cater the demand of skilled manpower in the country’s aviation and aerospace industry. She said the aviation industry has to lead by example in tackling climate change and strive to meet SDGs. De-carbonation and sustainable aviation fuel are topics which will require investments, concrete actions and the support from developed aviation nations, she also said. “The aviation partnership proposed by the UK and France, through Airbus, to support us in our journey is very crucial,” she opined. Besides, a number of projects are running which include HSIA Expansion Project (Phase-I), Construction of General Aviation Hangar, Hangar Apron and Apron at North side of Fire Station at HSIA; Strengthening of Existing Runway and Taxiway at Shah Amanat International Airport, Chattogram; Development of Cox’s Bazar Airport (Phase-I), Cox’s Bazar Airport Runway Extension Project; Strengthening of Existing Runway and Taxiway at Osmani International Airport, Sylhet; and Enhancement of Capacity of Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh on Public Security at HSIA, she added. The third terminal being constructed under HSIA Expansion Project (Phase-I), will create handling capacity of additional 12 million passengers and 4 million ton cargos, she said. Sheikh Hasina said, “The transformation of our economy helped boost the travel opportunities for our people and open up new routes and markets for our airlines”. When Bangladesh will turn into an Upper Middle Income Country by 2031 and a developed country by 2041, the aviation market will be further expanded, she said. The premier said as the economy of Bangladesh has grown, so has the importance of air cargo. “The air cargo market of Bangladesh is rapidly growing at 8 percent per year – three times the world average. This underlines the strong demand for a dedicated national cargo operation in our country. With all of this in mind, there are areas where aviation actors need to do more,” she said. PM’s Private Industry and Investment Affairs Adviser Salman Fazlur Rahman, State Minister for Civil Aviation and Tourism M Mahbub Ali and British MP Rushanara Ali, among others, spoke at the summit. ◈ Roadmap needed to make Bangladesh an aviation hub: PM
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PM seeks WHF’s cooperation in basic medical science research

3 December 2022, 8:36:12

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today sought cooperation from the World Heart Federation (WHF) to conduct research on basic medical science and build skilled manpower in the health sector.

“Help us conduct basic medical science research and give state-of-the-art training for our manpower’s development,” she said when President-elect of the WHF Prof Dr Jagat Narula paid a courtesy call on her at her official Ganabhaban residence here this morning.

PM’s Speech Writer M Nazrul Islam briefed newsmen after the meeting.

Describing basic research as vital for the overall development of the country, the prime minister said her government is laying greater importance on research of medical science for improving the healthcare sector.

Referring to the agri related researches being carried out during her government, she said Bangladesh has attained self-sufficiency in food production along with boosting milk, meat and fish production.

“Research is mainly behind Bangladesh’s success in the agricultural sector, including attaining food autarky,” she said.

Briefly describing her government measures for overall development of the health sector, the prime minister said her government’s main target is to reach healthcare services to the people’s doorsteps.

She said Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman had planned to reach healthcare services to the grassroots level as he started setting up union healthcare centres across the country.

But, he (Bangabandhu) could not finish his work as he was assassinated in 1975 along with most of the family members, the premier said.

Following the footsteps of the Father of the Nation, Sheikh Hasina said she mooted the plan and started setting up the community clinics during her 1996-2001 tenure.

But the BNP alliance government in 2001 had stopped the community clinics project, she added.

However, assuming office in 2009, her government again started setting up of the community clinics, she said, adding now, over 18,000 community clinics and healthcare centres across the country are operating to make available healthcare services at people’s doorsteps.
The prime minister said people are getting 30 types of medicines from the community centres free of cost as insolvent and poor diabetic patients are also getting free insulin.

She said her government has already established five medical universities in divisional headquarters to impart higher education and research in medical science, adding that they are mulling establishing medical universities in every division.

She also said many specialised hospitals have been built in public and private sectors at her government initiatives to treat heart, kidney and cancer patients, adding that they have a target to build specialized hospitals in every region.

The prime minister said Bangladesh has attained great success in the pharmaceutical sector as it is currently producing all the life-saving medicines and exporting those abroad.

WHF President-elect Jagat Narula heavily praised the health sector development of Bangladesh under the dynamic leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina describing the advancement as “impressive progress”.

He said Bangladesh has plenty of talented physicians who need appropriate training and assistance to boost their efficiency.

“I am going to take over the charge of the World Heart Federation as its president in January next and have a target to work first with Bangladesh, India and Mongolia on heart diseases,” he said.

Dr Narula stressed the need for making aware the mothers about the non-communicable diseases as it helps reach its benefit at grassroots quickly.

At the meeting it was informed that non-communicable diseases account for about 50 percent deaths in Bangladesh, of which heart diseases are responsible for 17 percent deaths.

Director of the National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases Prof Mir Jamal Uddin informed the meeting that the prime minister has donated the institute Taka 7 crore from the PM’s Relief and Welfare Fund to help procure valves, stents and pacemakers for poor and insolvent heart patients.

As many as 300 valves, 450 stents and 250 pacemakers have so far been set up in the hearts of the patients, he said.

Prime Minister’s Office Senior Secretary Md Tofazzel Hossain Miah, President of Bangladesh Society for Cardiovascular Intervention Prof Dr AKM Fazlur Rahman, renowned cardiologist and national professor Brig. (retd) Abdul Malik, Bangladeshi expatriate in USA Prof Chowdhury Hafiz Ahsan, Prof MG Azam and Prof Fazila-Tun-Nesa Malik, were present at the meeting.

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