Bangladesh becomes first member state of IOM to conclude a full-fledged cooperation agreement following IOM’s entry in the UN System

1 August, 2017, Dhaka

The Government of Bangladesh (GoB) and International Organization for Migration (IOM), the UN Migration Agency, signed a cooperation agreement in Dhaka today to further strengthen and develop the cooperation between Bangladesh and IOM.

With the signing of the agreement, Bangladesh becomes the first Member State of IOM under the United Nations (UN) system to sign a full-fledged cooperation agreement granting IOM Privileges and Immunities similar to those granted to UN specialized agencies (UN Convention of 1947).

The Cooperation Agreement was signed at Dhaka on 28 July, 2017 by Mr. Shahidul Haque, Secretary to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA), GoB and Mr. Ovais Sarmad, Chief of Staff from the Office of the Director General of IOM.

The cooperation agreement between Bangladesh and IOM recognizes that the purpose and functions of IOM and its activities warrant the granting by GoB to IOM of the same privileges and immunities as those that the specialized agencies of the UN are entitled to in accordance with the provisions of the Convention on the Privileges and Immunities of the Specialized Agencies.

“This is a step forward in strengthening IOM in its role within the UN system and in eventually assisting migrants,” Mr. Haque said signing the Agreement.

Addressing the dignitaries at the event, Mr. Samrad said, “IOM is grateful to the Government of Bangladesh for this important decision. We hope this conclusion and cooperation agreement will encourage other IOM Member States to also do the same”.

The agreement will further strengthen IOM’s presence and programmes in Bangladesh covering, inter alia, capacity building, advisory services and technical cooperation on migration issues, migration and health, international migration law, migration and environment, migration information, counter-trafficking, migration of nationals and aliens, assistance to internally and externally displaced persons and other persons in need, return of qualified human resources and other assisted return activities.

For further information, please contact Shirin Akhter at IOM Bangladesh Mission Office, Tel: +880 1711 187 499, Email: sakhter@iom.int.

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