Strengthening International Migration with UN system in Bangladesh
|By Chandan Sarkar|
Aug 5, Dhaka: The Bangladesh government has signed a cooperation agreement with International Organization for Migration (IOM) to strengthen and develop cooperation in dealing with migrant issues.
With the signing of the deal, Bangladesh has become the first Member State of IOM under the United Nations (UN) system to sign a full-fledged cooperation agreement granting IOM Privileges and Immunities similar to those granted to UN specialized agencies (UN Convention of 1947), said an IOM press release from the Bangladesh Part.
The Cooperation Agreement was signed by Shahidul Haque, Foreign Secretary and Obaiyes Sarmad, chief of staff from the office of the Director General of IOM, in Dhaka on July 28.
The cooperation agreement between Bangladesh and IOM recognizes that the purpose and functions of IOM and its activities warrant the granting by Government of Bangladesh to IOM of the same privileges and immunities as those that the specialized agencies of the UN are entitled to in accordance with the provisions of the Convention on the Privileges and Immunities of the Specialized Agencies.
This is a step forward in strengthening IOM in its role within the UN system and in eventually assisting migrants said by Shahidul Haque during the signing the agreement.
Addressing the dignitaries at the event, Obaiyes Samrad said -IOM is grateful to the Government of Bangladesh for this important decision. We hope this conclusion and cooperation agreement will encourage other IOM Member States to also do the same.
The agreement will further strengthen IOM’s presence and programmes in Bangladesh covering, inter alia, capacity building, advisory services and technical cooperation on migration issues, migration and health, international migration law, migration and environment, migration information, counter-trafficking, migration of nationals and aliens, assistance to internally and externally displaced persons and other persons in need, return of qualified human resources and other assisted return activities that will enhance the growth and development as a whole.
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