Publish: 30 Jul 2023, 05:06 pm
Two grant contracts totaling 20 million euros were signed during a ceremony hosted by the European Union (EU) Delegation in Bangladesh.
These fall under PROTTASHA II, which is about improving migration governance and reintegrating returned Bangladeshis sustainably.
In the EU's joint efforts to promote cooperation with the Bangladeshi government in the areas of migration governance and support for returnees, in conjunction with IOM and BRAC, the signing ceremony marks a crucial turning point.
Dr Ahmed Munirus Saleheen, Senior Secretary, Ministry of Expatriate’s Welfare and Overseas Employment, and Muhammad Shafiul Azam, Director, (West Europe & EU Wing) Ministry of Foreign Affairs, graced the event as special guests.
They emphasized the significance of the EU's ongoing support for Bangladesh, particularly to encourage safe migration. Both expressed their gratitude to the European Union for continuing to help the Bangladeshi government, notably in the areas of return and reintegration.
Ambassador Charles Whiteley, head of the EU delegation, stated that the EU fully believes in the ideals of human rights, dignity, and solidarity.
"It recognizes that migration should be a choice and not a necessity driven by desperation. Our commitment to supporting the Government of Bangladesh in ensuring safe, orderly, and well-managed migration has never been stronger," he said.
The IOM Chief of Mission, Abdusattor ESOEV highlighted that “In the context of IOM Bangladesh’s long-standing relationship with the European Union, we are very pleased to take this partnership to the next level through the Prottasha II project. This project not only builds on the flagship reintegration initiatives implemented through the Prottasha I project but also furthers the EU and IOM’s pioneering approach towards sustainable reintegration in Bangladesh by ensuring that the integrated approach to reintegration is truly owned by the Government of Bangladesh and local actors. The project will work to contribute to transformative changes in the policy and service delivery systems in Bangladesh to support safe and dignified migration, return, and sustainable reintegration in the years to come.”
BRAC’s Executive Director Asif Saleh said, “BRAC is committed to working with the government of Bangladesh and development partners to ensure people can migrate safely, but also they can access social, economic and personal development opportunities when they return. Safe migration and sustainable reintegration directly contribute to improving people's lives, as well as supporting Bangladesh's economic growth. The work done by the government, the EU and partners in Prottasha I in ensuring timely and holistic access to services and improving migration governance returned real impact for returnee migrants and their communities."
"This year, as the diplomatic relationship between Bangladesh and the EU turns 50, BRAC is looking forward
to working with the government, the EU and partners to build on and deepen efforts in sustainable
reintegration through Prottasha II,” he said.
Francisco de Asís Benítez Salas, Ambassador of Spain; Anne Gerard van Leeuwen, Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands; Jan Janowski, Chargé d’Affaires a.i, Embassy of the Federal Republic Germany; Guillaume Audren de Kerdrel, Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. Embassy of the Republic of France; Sarah Lynge Rothmann, Consul, Chargé d’Affaires a.i, Embassy of Denmark; Silje Fines Wannebo, Chargé d’affaires a.i, Royal Norwegian Embassy; and Maurizio CIAN, Head of Cooperation, EU Delegation to Bangladesh, were also present on the occasion.
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