June 24, 2015
Mr. Mohammad Mejbahuddin, Senior Secretary, Economic Relations Division, Ministry of Finance,
Mr. Takeshi Matsunaga, Charges d'affaires ad interim, the Embassy of Japan,
Mr. Mohammad Shah Alam, Director, Bangladesh Meteorological Department,
Ladies and Gentlemen.
Assalamualikum and good morning.
I would like to express my sincere gratitude and congratulations to all concerned on concluding the Exchange of Notes and Grant Agreement for the project "The Improvement of the Meteorological Radar System in Dhaka and Rangpur."
Bangladesh is well known to be one of the most seriously disaster-prone countries. The country is affected perennially by natural disasters such as cyclones, floods, torrential rains and storm surges. To make matters worse, these natural disasters are getting more and more devastating due to Climate Change. In order to adapt to the situation, Bangladesh should persistently develop facilities and abilities for correctly predicting the weather phenomena.
Since 1986, Japan has been supporting capacity development of Bangladesh Meteorological Department, BMD, on early warning system through grant aids for constructing radar stations with modern equipment in Dhaka, Rangpur, Cox's Bazar, Khepupara and Moulvibazar and through technical cooperation in forecasting, situation analysis, mathematical calculation and operation and maintenance of radars. The five radar stations as a whole cover the entire country thereby improving the accuracy of meteorological observations.
As a result, in May 2013, though some prominent foreign meteorological institutions forecasted that the Cyclone "Mahasen" would come ashore at Chittagong, BMD alone exactly predicted that it would hit at Patuakhali and incessantly issued warnings to that area thereby minimizing casualties.
Ladies and gentlemen,
The grant aid project signed today is to replace the radars in Dhaka and Rangpur with state-of-the-art Japanese Doppler meteorological radar systems. BMD will be able to obtain more precise data on precipitation intensity in a broader range and information on cyclonic wind velocity distribution. Approximately 35 million coastal people and 30 million people of tornado-prone area will be benefitted from these two new radars.
These radars will play a pivotal role not only to observe weather conditions but also to reduce risk of the people living in adverse conditions. I hope precise and accurate weather information provided by the dedicated radar network will generate tangible early warning which gets local communities to be well prepared against disasters.
Shobaike Onek Donnobad. Thank you very much.