Activities 2011

The Bangladesh Institute of International and Strategic Studies (BIISS) organized a Seminar on Promotion of Exports: Prospects and Challenges for Bangladesh in Dhaka on 11 December 2011. Dr. Dipu Moni, MP, Honourable Minister for Foreign Affairs, Government of the Peoples Republic of Bangladesh graced the occasion as the Chief Guest. The Director General of BIISS Major General Muhammad Imrul Quayes, ndc, psc chaired the session. Four presentations were made relating to the title of the Seminar. Dr. M Mahfuz Kabir, Senior Research Fellow of BIISS delivered a presentation on Trend, Potential and Diversification of Exports (click here for the presentation). The second presentation was delivered by Dr. Nazneen Ahmed, Senior Research Fellow of Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies (BIDS) on Exploring the Opportunities of Regional and International Dynamics (click here for the presentation). It was followed by a presentation on Looking Forward: Positioning Bangladesh in the Future World Market, made by Mr. Ahsan Khan Chowdhury, Deputy Managing Director, Pran Group (click here for the presentation). The fourth presentation was made by Mr. A.Z.M. Azizur Rahman, General Manager, BEPZA on Export Diversification and Role of Export Processing Zones in Bangladesh (click here for the presentation). The presentations were followed by an interactive session of open discussion where participants from various sectors, i.e. Foreign Dignitaries, Government High Officials, Academicians, Civil Society members and members of the Private Sector and people from electronic and print media delivered their valuable opinions.

A Round-table Discussion on Bangladesh-China Bilateral Relations was held at BIISS Auditorium on 27 September 2011. Major General Muhammad Imrul Quayes, ndc, psc, Director General, BIISS delivered the Address of Welcome. Mr. Dilip Barua, Honourable Minister for Industries, Government of the Peoples Republic of Bangladesh graced the Round-table as the Chief Guest and H.E. Mr. Zhang Xianyi, Ambassador of the Peoples Republic of China to Bangladesh was the Special Guest.

Discussion was initiated by three paper presenters. Professor Ruksana Kibria, Department of International Relations, Dhaka University, Dhaka presented a paper on The Political Dimension of Bangladesh China Bilateral Relations (click here for the paper) and Dr. M. Mahfuz Kabir, Senior Research Fellow , BIISS presented a paper on Bangladesh-China Economic Relations: Issues, Challenges and Opportunities (click here for the presentation). The other paper was presented by Mr. Yang Zhaohui, Political Counsellor, Embassy of the Peoples Republic of China in Dhaka on Chinese Perspective for Political and Economic Development of Bangladesh (click here for the paper).

The Open Discussion of the Round-table was actively participated by academia, media, diplomats, government officials, business circles, representatives from the civil society and other concerned professionals. Major General Muhammad Imrul Quayes, ndc, psc, Director General, BIISS chaired the Round-table Discussion.

A seminar on Civil-Military Relation was organized jointly by National Defence College (NDC) and Bangladesh Institute of International and Strategic Studies (BIISS) at the NDC Auditorium, Mirpur Cantonment on 27 July 2011. Lieutenant General Mollah Fazle Akbar, ndc, psc, Commandant, NDC delivered the Welcome Address. In the First Working Session three presentations were made. Dr. Shaheen Afroze, Research Director, BIISS made the first presentation on Civil-Military Relation: Implication in Enhancing National Security. The other two presentations were made by Course Members of NDC Brigadier General Mirza Ezazur Rahman, psc, G+ and Colonel EO Udoh (Nigeria) on Civil-Military Relation: Its Importance in Good Governance and Civil-Military Relation in Nigeria: A Comparative Analysis in Bangladesh Perspective respectively. Lieutenant General M. Harun-Ar- Rashid, BP, rcds, psc (Retd) chaired the session.

In the Second Working Session presentations were made by Mr. A. K. M. Abdus Sabur, Research Director, BIISS, Group Captain Saif Siddiqui, psc, GD (P), Course Members of NDC, Mr. F. M. Enamul Hoque, Course Members of NDC (Joint Secretary) on Civil-Military Relation in a Democracy, Civil-Military Relation: Effect on Progress and Development of National Economy and State of Civil-Military relation in Bangladesh respectively. The Second Working Session was chaired by Brigadier General Shahedul Anam Khan, ndc, psc (Retd). The presentations were followed by lively discussion. The seminar was participated by academia, media, government officials, business circles, representatives from the civil society and other concerned professionals. Major General Muhammed Firdaus Mian, psc, Chairman, Board of Governors, BIISS delivered the Closing Remarks.

A Seminar on Quest for Energy Sufficiency in Bangladesh was organized by Bangladesh Institute of International and Strategic Studies (BIISS) on Sunday 24 July 2011 in the Institute's Auditorium. The Address of Welcome was given by Major General Mohammad Imrul Quayes, ndc, psc, Director General of BIISS. Dr. Tawfiq-e-Elahi Chowdhury, BB, Adviser to the Hon'ble Prime Minister, Ministry of Power, Energy and Mineral Resources, Government of the Peoples Republic of Bangladesh graced the occasion as Chief Guest. Dr. Mohd. Mahfuz Kabir, Senior Research Fellow, BIISS made a power point presentation on Energy Sector in Bangladesh: An Overview (click here for the presentation). Dr. Ijaz Hossain, Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, BUET, Dhaka spoke on Policies and Strategies on Non-Renewable Energy (click here for the presentation). Dr. Shuddhasattwa Rafiq, Associate Professor, IBA Jahangirnagar University, Savar delivered on Energy Conservation and Investment on Renewable Energy (click here for the presentation). A lively and interactive open discussion session followed the presentation. Major General Muhammed Firdaus Mian, psc, Chairman, Board of Governors, BIISS presided over the session.

Mr. S M Krishna, External Affairs Minister, Republic of India delivered a Talk on India and Bangladesh: Partners in Progress on Friday, 08 July 2011 at BIISS Auditorium. It was attended among others by Dr. Dipu Moni, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Government of the Peoples Republic of Bangladesh, Mr Muhammad Mijarul Quayes, Foreign Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Rajeet Mitter, High Commissioner of India to Bangladesh and Mr. Ahmad Tariq Karim, High Commissioner of Bangladesh to India. Major General Muhammad Imrul Quayes, ndc, psc, Director General, BIISS delivered the Address of Welcome. The session was chaired by Major General Muhammad Firdaus Mian, psc, Chairman, Board of Governors, BIISS.

 

 

 

An eight member delegation from Republic of Maldives led by H. E. Ahmed Naseem, Minister of Foreign Affairs visited BIISS on 29 May 2011. The other members of the delegation were high officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and highly placed business personnel of Maldives. They were also accompanied by H. E. Ahmed Sareer, High Commissioner of Maldives to Bangladesh. The delegation participated in a Round Table Discussion held in the Institutes Auditorium. During the Round Table Discussion Session Major General Muhammad Imrul Quayes, ndc, psc, Director General of the Institute gave the welcome speech. Research Director Dr. Shaheen Afroze made a presentation and briefed them about the aims, objectives, current setup and activities of BIISS. H. E. Ahmed Naseem, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Maldives gave an overview of the present political situation and democratic reform that is ongoing in his country. Thereafter a discussion session followed in which the visiting delegation members exchanged views with the faculty members on the various issues of interest. Major General Muhammed Firdaus Mian, psc, Chairman, Board of Governors, BIISS chaired the Session.

 

A six member delegation from Bangladesh Institute of International and Strategic Studies (BIISS) led by Major General Muhammad Imrul Quayes, ndc, psc, participated in the BIISS- Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA) Bilateral Dialogue on Four Decades of India-Bangladesh Relations: What Lies Ahead? on May 9-10, 2011 in IDSA, New Delhi. The other members of the delegation were: Mr. AKM Abdus Sabur, Research Director, Dr. Shaheen Afroze, Research Director, Dr. Mohd. Mahfuz Kabir, Research Fellow, Ms. Segufta Hossain, Research Fellow, and Mr. Ishtiaque Selim, Research Fellow of BIISS. Besides the Inaugural and Concluding session, altogether twelve presentations were made from Bangladesh and India perspectives on six themes. The themes were: South Asia and the International order; Challenges to the Regional Security; Indo-Bangladesh Trade: Challenges and Opportunities; Connectivity and Infrastructural Cooperation; Cooperation on Water and Energy Issues; and Security Dynamics and Indo-Bangladesh Relations. The Director General of IDSA, Mr. Narendra Sisodia welcomed the delegation. The Keynote Address was delivered by Mahbub Hassan Saleh, Deputy High Commissioner of Bangladesh to India. Ambassador Veena Sikri, former Indian High Commissioner to Bangladesh, Major General Imrul Quayes and Dr Arvind Gupta also addressed the session. In the concluding session, a roundtable discussion was held on Reappraising India-Bangladesh Relations: A Way Forward which was chaired by Ambassador I. P. Khosla.