A Research team from Development, Concepts and Doctrine Centre (DCDC), UK visited BIMRAD on 20th May 2019. Both BIMRAD and DCDC presented their respected research area. Mr. Simon Richard Cole led the DCDC, UK team. Mr. Nils Goran Joachim Isacsson and DA UK in Bangladesh Lt Col Dominic Spencer were also present at the meeting. Director General BIMRAD Cdre Kazi Emdadul Haq and other higher official from BIMRAD were also present at the meeting. *** Bangladesh Institute of Maritime Research and Development (BIMRAD) and University of Dhaka (DU) has been signed a Memorandum of Understanding to extend mutual co-operation in Maritime research on 05 May 2019. *** Admiral Nizamuddin Ahmed, NBP, OSP, BCGM, ndc, psc (retd), Former Chief of Naval Staff joined as Chairman, BIMRAD on 10 April 2019 *** The Director General of BIMRAD Cdre Kazi Emdadul Haq, BSP, ndu, psc, BN (retd) has participated as a key note speaker in the “Indo-Pacific Regional Dialogue (IPRD 2019)” organized by the National Maritime Foundation in Delhi, India on 5-6 March 2019. ***

Background

Sea is the source of enormous resources and provides valuable Energy, Minerals, Protein, Aquaculture, Shipping, Port & Maritime logistics, Tourism etc. The Bay of Bengal, the largest bay of the world, is strategically important for all the littoral countries – Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, Sri Lanka and Thailand. The Territorial Waters and Maritime Zones Act 1974 has established the sovereign rights of Bangladesh over the sea and its resources. The maritime boundary delimitation with the neighboring countries generated new opportunities for unhindered exploration and exploitation of the marine resources, ensure the food security of the growing population and contribute the sustainable development of Bangladesh in a changing environment. Considering our rights on vast sea area in the Bay of Bengal under national jurisdiction, there is demand for establishment of a dedicated research institution for studying subjects related to maritime affairs. Establishment of an independent research institution may fill in this void, where researcher can openly discuss and debate to come out with innovative ideas and inputs in the maritime field. Bangladesh Navy, being the main stake holder in maritime sector, has taken this noble initiative to launch BIMRAD. The Institute is registered under the Societies Registration Act XXI of 1860.

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