“Bangladesh reiterates her commitment to contribute to making cyberspace – the new frontier in our common heritage of mankind – more inclusive, secure and resilient. We wish to work together with all concerned to address the existing gaps in international norms to guide cyber security and safeguard measures”, said Foreign Minister of Bangladesh Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali while speaking at the Plenary Session of the Global Conference on Cyber Space (GCCS) 2015 at The Hague today.
The Minister reaffirmed Bangladesh’s growing stakes and interest in engaging in cyber diplomacy as a foreign policy. He announced Bangladesh’s decision to join the Global Forum on Cyber Expertise (GFCE), a new international cooperation platform to be launched during the ongoing Conference to promote protection for the internet ecosystem in the developing countries.
The Bangladesh Foreign Minister highlighted some of the advances made with realizing “Digital Bangladesh” and underscored Bangladesh’s vision to ensure access to the internet for all and promote the use of cyberspace as an empowerment tool. He underlined some of the challenges before countries like Bangladesh in the face of organized cyber crimes and attacks.
He also referred to the awareness building work being done in collaboration with the civil society and private sector to preserve the right to privacy and freedom of expression in the cyberspace within an enabling legal framework.
The Minister further stressed the need for identifying a common but differentiated set of challenges before the international community and finding the right responses to the emerging cyberspace landscape through multi-stakeholder dialogue and coordination.
The two days Conference is the 4th such international gathering, which was opened by the Netherlands Prime Minister Mark Rutte. Foreign Minister Ali exchanged greetings with Prime Minister Rutte along with other dignitaries and conveyed to him the personal regards and felicitations of the Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
The Conference has gathered more than 1,500 participants from Governments, private sector and civil society from all over the world to discuss a range of policy issues concerning security, freedom and economic growth in the cyberspace from diverse perspectives.
The Bangladesh Ambassador to the Netherlands, Executive Director of Bangladesh Computer Council and Additional Secretary (Security and Immigration) of Ministry of Home Affairs accompanied the Foreign Minister at the Conference.