PV Desk : The government of Bangladesh needs to continue energetic diplomacy, particularly with regional partners, to solve the Rohingya problem.
“Platforms such as Bimstec and BCIM which aim to deepen regional and sub-regional trade, investment and transport connectivity should be used for arriving at a solution,” said CPD Executive Director Dr Fahmida Khatun.
She was addressing a dialogue titled ‘Addressing Rohingya Crisis: Options for Bangladesh’ highlighting the implications of the Rohingya crisis for Bangladesh.
Dr Fahmida said extra-regional platforms such as ASEAN should play a role in addressing the crisis.
She said an in-depth study to assess the short-, medium- and long-term implications for domestic and foreign resources need to taken.
“All explicit and implicit costs related to the Rohingya crisis should be estimated. Preparation for post-Geneva follow-up meeting for resource mobilisation has to begin now,” said the CPD Executive Director.
She said support for the Rohingyas from the donors such as the World Bank should in the form of grants only.
“Hence, World Bank’s grant and loan components should be unpacked. Security measures in the Rohingya camps and adjacent areas, particularly in the Southern of the country have to be strengthened,” Fahmida said in her keynote presentation.