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Jakarta to join Dhaka combat cyber-crime

Jakarta nodded to Dhaka’s proposal for cooperation to combat cyber-crime.

Indonesian minister of Communications and Informatics, Rudiantara agreed on principle to the proposal of Bangladesh Information minister Hasanul Haq Inu at their meeting held Thursday morning at the former’s office in Jakarta.

Bangladesh ambassador Md. Nazmul Quaunine and Counsellor Seheli Sabrin from the mission and Indonesian high officials were present at the meeting.

Inu highlighted Bangladesh’s consistent eagerness and initiatives led by Prime minister Sheikh Hasina to march towards an open democracy with a vibrant mass media.

He urged that the prime challenge of an open mass media is to prevent cyber-crime which both Bangladesh and Indonesia experience time to time.

Indonesian minister Rudiantara underscored the need for both the countries to work in close cooperation to share their experiences in formalizing and upgrading relevant laws to combat cyber crime as proposed by his Bangladesh counterpart.

Both the leaders also agreed on drafting Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between state-owned news agencies, television channels and radio to enhance exchange of programs and information aimed at more people to people relations.

Bangladesh minister Inu also highlighted the possibility of establishing ASEAN highway of terrestrial broadcasting cable to ease the pressure on existing wireless broadband network connecting the South and South Eastern part of Asia. He encouraged his Indonesian counterpart to raise the issue in ASEAN forum.

Earlier on Tuesday at the high level summit of Buddhist and Muslim leaders in Indonesian city of Yogyakarta, minister Inu voiced for a 3-tier multi-religious response to militancy and violence.

Abdurrahman Mohammad Fachir, Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs of Indonesia inaugurated the two-day summit organized by International Forum on Buddhist-Muslim Relations (BMF).

Inu in his speech said, `Religious leaders should also boost intra-religion dialogues apart from inter-religion discussions. And the three-tier initiatives are to be in-country, regional and at global levels.’

Sri Lankan minister Rauf Hakeem, Chairman of ulama council of Indonesia Prof Dr Din Syamusuddin, Chairman of Buddhist association Arif Harsono, Bangladeshi chief priest of Cox’s Bazar Shreemad Satyapriya Mohathero and representatives from both the religions from Bangladesh, India, Malaysia, Myanmar, Sri Lanka and Thailand attended the summit.

Information minister Hasanul Haq Inu is scheduled to return on Friday, 6 March.

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