Mr. Humayun Kabir, Senior Research Director of BEI, participated in a four-day workshop on “Security Sector Development: National Priorities and Regional Challenges”, organized by the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies (APCSS)

Date: 29 July - 1 August 2013

Mr. Humayun Kabir, Senior Research Director of BEI, participated in a four-day workshop on “Security Sector Development: National Priorities and Regional Challenges”, organized by the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies (APCSS) on 29 July-1 August 2013 in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA. The workshop brought together parliamentarians, senior government officials (both civil and military), and think thank representatives from Bangladesh, Indonesia, Myanmar and Papua New Guinea, as well as prominent and experienced subject matter experts from Europe, South America, US Pacific Command and US embassies in participating countries. The workshop offered an opportunity to promote and enhance accountable and effective security governance by learning from international and regional practices of security sector development, focusing on priority security sector needs of participating countries and developing country-specific action plans.

Bangladesh was represented by a seven-member team consisting of two parliamentarians, one former chief of the naval staff, one retired Major General, one Foreign Ministry Director General, one Director from Coast Guard and one from BEI. They worked on a country (Bangladesh)-specific action plan entitled “Realizing Vision 2021: The Maritime Dimension”. It focused on the importance of the maritime zones in the Bay of Bengal for Bangladesh’s development and security, the need for capacity building of the country’s Navy and Coast Guard and enhancing maritime regional cooperation among the littoral countries.

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