Momen calls for introducing a visa-free Commonwealth regime

| Updated: June 26, 2022 13:21:34

Momen calls for introducing a visa-free Commonwealth regime

Foreign Minister A K Abdul Momen has called for strengthening free mobility of trade and investment and human resources and introducing a visa-free Commonwealth regime.

The minister made the call during the 26th Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) at the Rwandan capital Kigali on Saturday, reports BSS citing a foreign ministry press release.

Rwanda President Paul Kagame officially welcomed more than thirty heads of state, foreign ministers and delegates to this year's CHOGM taking place from 24-25 June in Rwanda under the theme "Delivering a Common Future: Connecting, Innovating, Transforming."

The Commonwealth leaders discussed building more partnerships among Commonwealth countries in areas including sustainable and inclusive development, governance, and rule of law, post-Covid-19 recovery, youth technology, and innovation.

While delivering a speech at the CHOGM executive session, Dr Momen reiterated that the commitment made in COP 26 on limiting temperature increase within 1.5 degrees and mobilising 100 billion climate finance must continue to remain the flagship agenda of the Commonwealth.

He also proposed a crisis management mechanism in Commonwealth to address equitable access to global public health goods and services, including vaccines and therapeutics as well as mental health.

He called upon the Commonwealth nations to exert pressure on the Myanmar regime to comply with the 'Provisional Measures' by the ICJ and create a conducive environment in the Rakhine State for the safe, secure and dignified return of their nationals.

During the CHOGM the role of Bangladesh in climate change was commended by Australian Deputy Prime Minister and British Prime Minister while the Sultan of Brunei and Deputy Prime Minister of Malta commended Bangladesh on its pioneering role and initiative on Mental Health.

While attending CHOGM and its sideline meetings, the foreign minister also had a bilateral meeting with his counterpart of the Commonwealth of Dominica, Jamaica, Sri Lanka, Australia and the UK. Issues of bilateral interest were discussed during the meetings.

The two-day meeting ended with adopting declarations on childcare and protection reform; the Commonwealth Living Land Charter, the declaration on sustainable urbanisation, and the Heads of Governments Communiqué. A Leaders Statement was also adopted at the Retreat.

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