Denmark to support local communities in Cox's Bazar

Diplomatic Correspondent | Update:

Bangladesh and Denmark signed a political declaration regarding Denmark’s support to the local communities in Cox’s Bazar.

The signing ceremony was held at Bangladesh foreign secretary's office in Dhaka on Tuesday, says a foreign ministry press release.

Foreign secretary Md. Shahidul Haque and state secretary of the Danish Development Cooperation Martin Bille Hermann discussed the present Rohingya crisis and bilateral trade between two countries.

Trade between the two countries has doubled over the last five years and it seems clear that the cooperation is moving from aid to trade.

The fast and sudden Rohingya influx, repeating floods and cyclones during the monsoon have put severe pressure on livelihoods in Cox’s Bazar. Denmark has allocated an additional $5.2 million to the existing country programme which includes agricultural education, climate change adaptation and human rights support to the local people in Cox’s Bazar.

Denmark was one of the first responding donors to the on-going crisis and has so far committed over $18.7 million for humanitarian relief of the Rohingya refugees through UN agencies and NGO’s.

As a part of the cooperation, Denmark and Bangladesh hosted a joint Green Growth Conference in April in Dhaka where experts from both countries discussed how Bangladesh can embark upon a green transition as Denmark has undergone.

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