Recruit more BD seafarers: PM to IMO

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday urged the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to recruit more Bangladeshi seafarers in foreign vessels.

The Prime Minister sought the cooperation when visiting IMO Secretary General Kitack Lim met her at her office.

Press Secretary to the Prime Minister Ihsanul Karim briefed reporters and said quoting the Prime Minister, “Bangladesh wants to more IMO engagement in the development of coastal shipping sector across the Bay of Bengal.”

PM Hasina had also said pollution is causing harm to Bangladesh’s sea resources.

Regarding developing countries like Bangladesh, she said they need more capacity building. “Bangladesh is manufacturing high quality inland vessels and ocean-going ships,” she added.

Kitack Lim praised Bangladeshi seafarers saying Bangladesh, a, IMO B-category member, is doing well in IMO as the country has huge potentials in this sector and added that he will visit shipbuilding yards and maritime academy and related organisations and institutes in Chittagong.

Source: The Daily Ittefaq