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Speech by High Commissioner at ISE-SFEC

Speech by High Commissioner at ISE-SFEC 2018 on 13 January, 2018
at Dhaka University

Hon’ble Minister of Science & Technology, Government of Bangladesh, Architect Yeafesh Osman,

Vice Chancellor Dhaka University, Prof. Dr. Md. Akhtaruzaman

Ex-Governor, Government of Chhattisgarh, Mr. Shekhar Dutt

President, International Society of Ethnopharmacology, Prof. Guillermo Schemeda Hirschman

Secretary, Society for Ethnopharmacology India, Prof. Pulok K. Mukherjee

Chairman of the India Bangladesh Friendship Society, Dr. A K Azad Chowdhury

Organizing Secretary, ISE-SFEC 2018, Prof. Dr. Sitesh Bachar

Ladies and Gentlemen,

​I am extremely happy to be here for the inaugural session of the 18th International Congress of International Society for Ethnopharmacology & 5th International Congress of Society for Ethnopharmacology, India (ISE-SFE 2018) with the theme “Ethnopharmacology & Drug Development: Innovation meets Tradition”. I am happy to note that more that 100 Indian scientists, educationists, manufacturers and students are participating in this event and would like to extend warm welcome to all participants on behalf of High Commission of India, Dhaka. I would like to congratulate the organizers of this Conference, the Department of Pharmacy, University of Dhaka and the Society for Ethnopharmacology, India for jointly organizing this event.

2.​India and Bangladesh are traditional repositories of ancient systems of healing including Ayurveda, Unani and other such systems which have been widely practiced by our people since times immemorial. As you are probably aware that the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding on cooperation in traditional system of medicine and homeopathy between India and Bangladesh in 2014 has provided an impetus for joint collaboration in several aspects of traditional medicine including joint research, mutual recognition of pharmacopeias and formularies, exchange of experts and mutual recognition of traditional preparations.

3.​I would also like to mention that MoU for cooperation in the field of medicinal plants is under discussion between India and Bangladesh and is expected to be signed shortly. I am confident that once signed this MoU could open up new vistas for joint collaboration including transfer of technology in medicinal plant cultivation, exchange of monographs on medicinal plants and the development of digital databases on medicinal plants.

4.​I am glad to note that the ISE-SFEC 2018 has served to bring together practitioners of traditional medicine of from India, Bangladesh and several other countries across the globe. I am confident that the sharing of knowledge and experience between the participants will enrich our cumulative knowledge in this field which could be used for the betterment of the people of our countries. Globalizing accumulated local knowledge in the field of traditional medicine and the promotion of scientific studies on naturally derived products would go a long way in establishing the future of ancient systems of medicine.

5.​Bacterial Resistance to antibiotics and other recent developments in the medical field indicate that indigenous medicinal plant knowledge may provide a solution to many emerging problems. I firmly believe that joint collaboration and research in ethnopharmocology would be extremely useful and events like the ISE-SFEC 2018 would serve as a platform for exchange of knowledge and expertise in this regard

6.​I congratulate the organizers of ISE-SFEC 2018 and wish the event a resounding success.

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