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Emmanuel Daudu/Abuja

The Foreign Minister, Dr A.K. Abdul Momen has said that a meaningful global strategy for migrant workers is needed to address the challenges of COVID19.

He made the call at the NAM meeting convened by Azerbaijan Monday. Terming migrant workers as “frontline contributirs” to the economies Dr. Momen stressed the need to formulate a strategy for responsibility sharing both in home and host countries.

Highlighting the pandemic’s adverse impact on two major sectors of Bangladesh’s economy- ready-made garments (RMG) and remittance, Dr. Momen urged the NAM membership to work out innovative solutions and approaches to tackle the crisis. He emphasized that the NAM’s response must be embedded in multilateralism and international solidarity through forging a robust global partnership with the G7, G20, OECD, and the U.N.

According to the Senior Information Officer, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Md. Tohidul Islam, he said, Dr. Momen in his statement highlighted how Bangladesh has been coping with the pandemic under the direct supervision of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, who issued a 31-point directive seeking to mitigate its impact on our population. He continued that the Government has already allocated nearly USD 11.6 billion which is 3.5 % of our total GDP, to help the vulnerable people and businesses to bear with the shocks of the pandemic.

The Foreign Minister underlined the importance of devising a clear strategy for the economic recovery of the developing countries, including through the provision of short-medium-long term support from the bilateral and multilateral development partners, protection of jobs of the migrant population and ensuring the flow of vital medical supplies and essential goods, services and food supply chains. “The pandemic should not divert attention and resources away from the development needs for the long term resilience and sustainability of developing countries as encapsulated in the 2030 agenda,” said the Foreign Minister.

The Republic of Azerbaijan, the current Chair of NAM convened this high-level online meeting. Around 40 countries participated in the meeting. The meeting took place today at around 5.00 pm (Bangladesh time)

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