East Delta University recently hosted a Policy Dialogue at Cox’s Bazar on 21st January 2024,
with the title “Fostering Sustainable Livelihoods: Policy Implications for Cox’s Bazar”. The Chief
Guest of the dialogue was Mohammad Mizanur Rahman, Additional Secretary, Refugee Relief
and Repatriation Commissioner, Cox Bazar. The event was Chaired by Professor M Sekander
Khan, Professorial Fellow, East Delta University. Among other prominent guests, Honorable
Member of Parliament of Maheshkhali Upazilla, Mr. Asheq Ullah Rafiq also attended the
The panel included prominent figures such as Mr. Md. Arifur Rahman, Founder Chief Executive,
YPSA, Ms. Ruchika Bahl, Head of International Labour Organization (ILO) Sub office in Cox’s
Bazar, Mr. Abed Hasan Sagor, Director, Cox’s Bazar Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Mr.
Shafaat Ahmed, Project Manager BBC Media Action and Advocate and Policy Researcher Mr.
The insightful discussion among the panelist included topics such as importance of uniting
voices and spreading awareness about policies and empowerment issues, particularly those
related to environment, climate change, social justice, economy, green jobs and social
sustainability. Vulnerable communities and their challenges also were discussed in details,
along with information gap existing between employers and job seekers. Collaboration between
the government, private sector, and local communities were deemed highly necessary for
Chief Guest Mr. Mizanur Rahman, Additional Secretary, RRRC, pointed out the potentials and
limitations of Cox’s Bazar. He discussed the district’s food deficit, the tourism industry’s
untapped potential, and the challenges posed by the Rohingya crisis. He emphasized on
collaborative efforts between the government, private sector, and local communities to bring
about meaningful changes.
Chair of the event, Professor Sekander Khan believed importance of policy dialogues like this
for a comprehensive discussion on sustainable livelihoods, addressing challenges, proposing
solutions, and urging collaborative action for the holistic development of the region. He believed
that the insights shared during the event will contribute to shaping future policies and initiatives
aimed at fostering a resilient and sustainable Cox’s Bazar.
The dialogue is part of the Policy Dialogue Series curated and moderated by Tasmeem
Chowdhury Bonhi, Chairperson, Department of Public Leadership, Management and
Governance (DPLMG), School of Business Administration. The department also contributes to
Policy education through their postgraduate program, “Master of Public Policy and Leadership”.