ISAS Ambassador's Lecture on "Bangladesh: Promoting Regional Cooperation in South Asia and Beyond" by H.E. Mahbub Uz Zaman
Wednesday, 19 October 2016 from 10:30 to 12:00 (SGT)
10.30am Opening Remarks
Ambassador Gopinath Pillai
Chairman, ISAS; and Ambassador-at-Large, MFA
10.35am "Bangladesh: Promoting Regional Cooperation in South Asia and Beyond"
H.E. Mahbub Uz Zaman
High Commissioner of Bangladesh to Singapore
Chairperson: Dr Iftekhar A. Chowdhury
Principal Research Fellow, Institute of South Asian Studies
National University of Singapore
11.30am Question & Answer Session
12.00pm Vote of Thanks
Professor Subrata Mitra
Director, Institute of South Asian Studies
Due to the efforts of the present government one of the most perplex and longstanding border issues in the world was brought to a successful resolution in 2015 through the ratification by India of the Land Boundary Agreement of 1974 and its 2011 Protocol.
In the international scene the country has been heaped praises by the international community for its economic, social and human development successes as well as for effectively tackling terrorism and violent extremism. Countries like China, Japan, the US, the UK and the European Union (EU) have been planning their strategic diplomacy in Dhaka all along, and this has intensified in the recent years. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s coalition government has made Bangladesh the leading country in South Asia where social indices are concerned.
With the strengthening of relations with our Neighbours, a stage has been set for increased connectivity. This is no mean achievement. Bangladesh is beginning to emerge as the center from where connectivity could spread both towards the west (India, Nepal, Bhutan) and to East (Land route through Myanmar ending in Vietnam’s Ports). Once the missing links are restored it could extend to China and beyond.
Bangladesh is making steady progress and is set to graduate from the LDC status to that of a middle income country by 2021. The success of Bangladesh is important for the region and the world, in which success of partnership among nations is also vital and essential. The lecture will outline the possible course that Bangladesh can take in the future within the contours of stated foreign policy objectives and priorities.
About the Speaker
Mahbub Uz Zaman, a career diplomat, joined the Bangladesh Foreign Service in February 1988. He had a distinguished educational background. He was placed 10th and 9th in the merit list of Humanities Group in the year 1978 (SSC) and 1980 (HSC) respectively. He passed SSC and HSC from Mirzapur Cadet College, Tangail. Mahbub Uz Zaman obtained the Bachelor in Social Science (Honours) degree and Masters in Social Science degree in Economics from Dhaka University.
After joining the Foreign Ministry at the Assistant Secretary level, he undertook basic foundation and specialized training courses for Foreign Service officers at the Academy. He served in various positions and capacities that include administration and territorial wings. Then, he was posted to the Missions at New Delhi and Ottawa as Second Secretary/First Secretary.
After becoming Director, he was posted to the Multilateral Economic Affairs Wing of the Ministry. Afterwards, he served as Counsellor and then Minister at Bangladesh Permanent Mission in New York, Bangladesh Embassy in Tokyo and Bangladesh Permanent Mission in Geneva. At the Director level, he took part in various courses and training programmes under UNITAR Research University and various government organizations.
After returning to Headquarters, he became Director General of South Asia and also SAARC Wing. In his capacity as Director General, he participated at various bilateral meetings and conferences.
He was appointed as Bangladesh High Commissioner to Sri Lanka in 2008 where he served till 2012. In September 2012, he was appointed as High Commissioner of Bangladesh to Singapore. He presented his credentials to the President of Singapore on 25 October 2012. He has been serving as High Commissioner of Bangladesh to Singapore till now.
Mr. Mahbub Uz Zaman is member of various professional bodies, clubs and institutes. He attended the French Language Training Programme and course on International Relations in 1990. During his college and university days, he participated regularly in extra-curricular activities and was awarded prizes/certificates for his performance and achievements. Mr. Mahbub Uz Zaman is married. His hobbies and interests include travelling and visiting historical places, reading and listening to music during his spare time.
When & Where
Institute of South Asian Studies (ISAS), National University of Singapore
The Institute of South Asian Studies (ISAS) is an autonomous research institute at National University of Singapore. The establishment of ISAS reflects the increasing economic and political importance of South Asia, and the strong historical links between South Asia and Southeast Asia. ISAS is dedicated to research on contemporary South Asia. The Institute seeks to promote understanding of the region, and to communicate the knowledge and insights about it to policymakers, the business community, academia and civil society, in Singapore and beyond.