Dhaka, Bangladesh
Tapping marine resources

Tapping marine resources

It is unfortunate that despite having our maritime disputes settled by the government of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Bangladesh is yet to develop human resources to tap the country’s potentially rich blue economy. Bangladesh is not being able to utilise its marine resources because there is an acute limitation in this field. The ocean of the world covers 70 per cent of the earth’s surface and is an important source of food, energy and minerals. While we wholly agree on the necessity of developing marine professionals, it must also be pointed out that, not only in the marine sector, the country also needs efficient human resources in other sectors including IT, engineering and nursing. Economic advancement with desired growth above seven per cent, the necessity of developing adequate human resources in all fields can hardly be overemphasised. Bangladesh wants to achieve the status of a middle income nation within the shortest possible time. If the prospects of the country’s blue economy can properly be harnessed, it can lead Bangladesh to reach an even greater destination. But for developing experts and technicians to exploit our marine resources, the thrust should be given now, because time is a great factor for advancing our economy in this competitive world order. In this regard, Bangladesh can take assistance from the world’s leading maritime nation Norway that has its maritime strategy known as “blue growth for a green future”. Under this policy, the Norwegian government is trying to achieve the greatest value creation possible in the country’s economy within a sustainable framework. Bangladesh can, following Norway, give more financial support for marine research and higher education in the area. As potential for developing a green Bangladesh shipping industry is great, Bangladesh can seek expert assistance from Norway as it takes help from the Netherlands for materialising its delta plan. Education is the key to development. In South Asia, Sri Lanka is far ahead in overall human resources development than the other countries in the region simply because the literacy rate of this country is close to hundred percent. For developing its human resources Bangladesh also needs to give special focus in raising the literacy rate of the country as quickly as possible. Besides increasing the number of trained personnel on various sectors, achieving cent per cent literacy should be the Bangladesh’s avowed goal.

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