President Abdul Hamid has left Dhaka for Kazakhstan to attend the First Summit of the Organisation of Islamic Co-operation (OIC) on Science and Technology, to be held in Astana from September 10-11.
A VVIP Biman Bangladesh Airlines flight carrying the president and his entourage took off from Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport at 2:45pm on Saturday, reports UNB.
The entourage includes officials from the president’s office and from the ministries of Foreign Affairs and Science and Technology.
Agriculture Minister Matia Chowdhury, Commerce Minister Tofail Ahmed, Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali, Cabinet Secretary Mohammad Shafiul Alam, Senior Secretary to the Prime Minister's office Suriya Begum, and several other civil and military officials bade the president farewell at the airport.
The OIC Ten Year Action Plan on Science and Technology, dubbed “OIC STI Agenda 2026,” will be discussed at the summit.
According to a statement, President Hamid will call for new development initiatives at the event, for the betterment of the Muslim community through active cooperation in science and technology.
The president also intends to share with the member states Bangladesh’s initiatives and success stories in numerous scientific and technological sectors.
He is expected to hold bilateral meetings with his Kazakh counterpart and several other attending heads of state on the sidelines of the summit.
President Hamid is scheduled to return to Bangladesh on September 12.