From the age of sail till modern era, humankind has consistently ventured and explored sea to ensure their better livelihood. In the contemporary context, as land resources are depleting in an unprecedented rate, ocean borne activities have flourished immensely. In this connection, I humbly pay my deepest tribute to the Father of the Nation, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman for his visionary leadership who aptly realized the vast importance of sea resources for the development of the country and enacted the Territorial Waters and Maritime Zones Act 1974 just after our independence. In recent past, under the dynamic leadership and prudent vision of his able successor Honourable Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Bangladesh has peacefully settled maritime boundary dispute with her neighbouring countries. This has unfolded new opportunities for optimum exploration of its huge living and non-living resources for the sustainable development.
The Indian Ocean carries huge prospects and potentials both from geo-strategic and geo-economic points of view. Ocean offer endless bounty, facilitate maritime connectivity, maritime trade & commerce, shipbuilding, tourism and provide food, energy, minerals, bio-medicine, biodiversity and many more. Every coastal nation is endeavouring relentlessly to gain benefit both from economic and ecological perspectives by ensuring optimum utilization of these resources.
Bangladesh Institute of Maritime Research and Development (BIMRAD) patronized by Bangladesh Navy took the initiative to act as the common platform for all maritime intellectuals, researchers, institutions and government organizations for best use of the sea resources and contribute towards the sustainable development of the country. I strongly believe that, BIMRAD will take onerous effort to support the Blue Economy initiatives of the government through creating maritime awareness, conducting outcome based research and formulating needful policy recommendations.
I wish every success of the Institution.