Cologne, June 23 (OurVoice): In order to promote jute products in the German market and among the consumers a daylong BASUG workshop was held in Ehrenfeld Citizen Centre in Cologne. Bangladesh Ambassador in Germany Imtiaz Ahmed inaugurated the workshop as chief guest.
Member of NRW State Assembly Berivan Aymaz and Mayor of the Cologne City Dr. Ralf Heinen addressed the occasion as special guests, while BASUG Chairman Bikash Chowdhury Barua presented welcome address. Project Coordinator of BASUG Germany and JTV Correspondent Hossain Abdul Hai conducted the opening session.
Speakers in the workshop stressed on the avoiding plastic products and introducing of jute products as alternative to plastic not only for the sake of Germany, but also to save the soil, air, water and above all the environment in the whole earth. They also called upon the people of all corners to avoid plastic and to adopt not only jute, but also other alternatives like paper, clothes, steel, iron products instead of harmful plastic items.
Chief Guest Ambassador Ahmed said, Environment is now very important issue not only for the human beings, rather for all creatures including animals and plants in the whole world and plastic is affecting the environment so much, that the initiative of promoting jute as an alternative is very timely effort. Moreover, Bangladeshi scientists have recently invented the bio-plastic products from jute and if it is worldwide introduced, we will get rid off the curse of plastic to a large extent, he added.
The workshop was organized under the project “Jute instead of plastic” with the support from Foundation Environment and Development SUE NRW. German-based online media outlet Our Voice was the media partner of the event. The research report on the trend and orientation of the people living in NRW about jute and plastic was presented by former Scientific Officer of the Applied University of Bonn-Rhein-Sieg Khurshid Hassan.
The panel discussion moderated by the General Secretary of BASUG Germany Dr M M Islam, was addressed by Prof Dr Dr Enamul Hoque from Helmholtz Research Centre, Munich, Dr Syed Masum Ahmed Chowdhury, Commercial Counselor of Bangladesh Embassy in Berlin and Director Overseas of Jutetex Bangladesh M K Ibrahim. Among others Professor Dr Sirajul Islam, President of German Awami League A K M Bashirul Alam Chowdhury Sabu, President of Bangabandhu Foundation Germany Younus Ali Khan, Vice President of House of Integration Nurul Islam, Former Acting Head of Bengali Department of Deutsche Welle Abdus Sattar, popular singer Abdul Munim, Official of Bengali Department of DW Nurunnahar Sattar, renowned Artist Maruf Ahmed, Dr M. Rabiul Hosen, Postdoctoral Researcher in the University Hospital Bonn, Jute Importer Riyadh Tanveer, Social and Climate Activist Snigdha Bulbul and Project Officer of ASG Munima Sultana took part in the discussion.
EddA Africa, Seraji Foundation, For the Kids Sake, Vamos teams and artist Mir Zabeda Yeasmin exhibited their jute products, no-plastic posters and paintings on the issue in the sideline of the event.