Underscoring the Covid-19 pandemic's adverse effect on two major sectors of Bangladesh's economy, ready-made garment and remittance, Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen has urged the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) members to work out innovative solutions and approaches to tackle the crisis.
He said this in the online NAM Contact Group summit on Monday which was convened at the initiative of the Republic of Azerbaijan.
Momen is the current Chair of NAM.
The summit was presided over by Ilham Aliyev, President of Azerbaijan and Chair of the Movement. It was attended by heads of states or governments, foreign ministers and other dignitaries of NAM member countries as well as high officials of the United Nations.
The summit was organised to formulate NAM's response to the extra-ordinary crisis resulting from the Covid-19.
The Bangladesh foreign minister emphasised that NAM's response must be embedded in multilateralism and international solidarity through forging a robust global partnership with the G7, G20, OECD, and the UN.
He also underscored that the international community must devise a clear strategy for the economic recovery of the vulnerable countries, including through the provision of short-medium-long term support from the bilateral and multilateral development partners, protection of jobs of the migrant population and ensuring the flow of vital medical supplies and essential goods, services and food supply chains.
He hoped that the challenge of the Covid-19 would galvanise NAM's efforts and strengthen the group's resolve to defeat the invincible enemy through meaningful global actions.