Bangladesh has sought a joint blue economy approach to harness the untapped marine resources that can be used in tackling poverty, food insecurity, unemployment, energy crisis and ecological imbalances.
"Oceans are the potential and versatile resource-frontiers for humankind, but remain under-explored and unexploited," said Secretary of the Maritime Affairs Unit at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Rear Admiral (Retd.) Md. Khurshed Alam.
Bangladesh, along with some other countries, co-hosted the event titled "Fostering international and regional cooperation in support of the sustainable development of the blue economy in LDCs, LLDCs and SIDS", organised by the International Seabed Authority (ISA) on Wednesday on the sidelines of the 2nd UN Ocean Conference being held in Lisbon, Portugal.
The vice-president of Tanzania, foreign and tourism minister of Tonga, minister of international development of Norway, ministers, high representatives and experts from the member states also attended the event, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Khurshed, as per a UNB report, emphasised the need of fostering international and regional cooperation to develop strategies in support of the sustainable development of the blue economy in LDCs, LLDCs and SIDS.
He elaborated that states and organisations in developing regions may not have the capacity to develop and manage their own shared marine resources, as they lack the necessary information, expertise or the financial capacity to follow through with planning and operations.
External assistance can be valuable, and sometimes essential, in establishing shared international marine resources arrangements, Khurshed said.
Panellists opined that regional and international cooperation is crucial to developing marine scientific knowledge and research capacity to leverage the benefits offered by the blue economy.
They said the transfer of technology can create enabling conditions in the LDCs, LLDCs and SIDS states to participate effectively in the blue economy's existing and emerging ocean sectors. Representatives also viewed strongly that strategic partnership is necessary for harnessing the benefits of the blue economy.
The seminar was wrapped up with commitments to forging wider regional and international cooperation, devising mechanisms for technology transfer and financing the blue economy.