The event agenda included keynote address from the Australian High Commissioner to Bangladesh, Mr Jeremy Bruer who emphasised on the long-standing relationship between Australia and Bangladesh which in more recent times has presented multiple opportunities of collaboration in the scope of designing and creating inclusive regional infrastructure. Mr Abdul Ekram, Trade & Investment Commissioner – South Asia, also highlighted the growing trade between Australia and Bangladesh across sectors. Mr Ekram introduced the Australian businesses present at the event and shared the diverse offerings of Australian companies in Bangladesh in the transport, construction, design infrastructure and services sector. The need for sustainable, green, and socially inclusive infrastructure was stressed upon by all speakers.
SARIC and the Australian High Commission in Dhaka with support from Austrade collaborated to host an evening of networking focussed on the ‘Australia-Bangladesh Infrastructure Partnership Potential.’ The networking event was aimed at creating awareness regarding SARIC program to a broader audience in Bangladesh, share SARIC alumni stories, introduce Australian industry & its capability in the infrastructure sector and facilitate connects between delegates from Bangladesh government and Australian industry. The event was attended by 45+ representatives from the Australian Government, Bangladeshi Government, Australian Industry, and the private sector spread across railways, road & highways, PPP authority, engineering design, construction and infrastructure services.
The event also presented an opportunity for SARIC alumni to address the wider audience and share their experiences from the capacity building training in Australia. Their insights shed light on the existing challenges of transport connectivity and emphasised the importance of capacity building programs such as SARIC which promote training and networking within the region and with an infrastructurally advanced country like Australia. Their enthusiasm and dedication showcased the collective commitment towards enhancing infrastructure partnerships and networks between Australia, Bangladesh, and the South Asia region.
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As SARIC looks towards the future, we are thrilled to announce that this is just the beginning. We have exciting plans to organize numerous such events, facilitate meaningful interactions, leverage existing networks, build knowledge products and foster collaboration amongst diverse stakeholders. Through these meaningful engagements and networking opportunities, SARIC aims to build networks across South Asia focused on infrastructure, transport and energy sector.