Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will attend an international conference in Vienna organised by the UN's organisation International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to mark its 60th anniversary.
“Her attendance in Vienna conferences would brighten Bangladesh’s image and would reinforce the country's stance on world peace and its policy against spread of nuclear weapon worldwide,” Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali said in a press briefing on Sunday ahead of the premiere’s visit.
In the first ever visit to Austria by a Bangladeshi prime minister, Sheikh Hasina will speak at the conference titled “International Conference on the Technical Cooperation Programme: Sixty Years and Beyond-Contributing to Development” scheduled to be held on May 29-30. She will be accompanied by Yafes Osman, state minister of science and technology .
Sheikh Hasina will hold a bilateral meeting with her Austrian counterpart Federal Chancellor Christian Kern on the sidelines of the conference.
The agenda for their meeting includes trade, investment, SDGs, global terrorism, climate change, and post-Brexit impact. A MoU on Foreign Office Consultation is also being considered for signing after the meeting.
PM Hasina will also pay a courtesy call on Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen.
The conference will mainly focus on ensuring usage of nuclear energy in a peaceful manner and discuss the nuclear technologies' contribution to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Heads of European, Asian, South American, African and Caribbean countries are expected to join the two-day conference.
PM Hasina will attend a community event followed by Iftar at the Grand Hotel Wien.
Bangladesh received IAEA membership in 1972, while Sheikh Hasina’s Husband Dr Wazed Miah played a significant role in developing the country’s nuclear research facilities.