Dhaka will sign a Tripartite Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Hague and the World Bank next month outlining the framework of cooperation in Water Sector.
The tripartite MoU would be signed during the upcoming visit of Dutch minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation Ms. Lillianne Ploumen and Minister for Infrastructure and Environment Ms. Melanie Shultz in Dhaka from June 14-18, foreign ministry sources said in Dhaka on Wednesday.Issues like river bank erosion, land reclamation, climate change risk mitigation, river channelization, institutional capacity building are likely to be discussed prominently in the discussion of the two ministers.
Besides, Water Resources Minister Anisul Islam Mahmud who is now on a five day visit to the Netherlands, the partner of Bangladesh in Delta Plan 2100, called on Minister for Infrastructure and Environment Ms. Melanie Shultz at the latter’s office in Hague today.
During the meeting, the Bangladesh minister highlighted the possibility of land reclamation from the Bay of Bengal in the context of enormous amount of silt in the river systems, according to a message received here from the Netherlands.
The Dutch minister also shared his 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.
The 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 and the concerned Director General J.H Dronkers and Director Elaine Alwayn were present from Netherlands side. – BSS