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PM Hasina flies to Singapore

  • Published at 09:52 am March 11th, 2018
  • Last updated at 05:10 pm March 11th, 2018
PM Hasina flies to Singapore
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina left Sunday morning for Singapore on a four-day official at the invitation of her Singapore counterpart Lee Hsien Loong. A VVIP flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines carrying the prime minister and members of her entourage took off from Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport at 8:30 am. Industries Minister Amir Hossain Amu, Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader, political advisor HT Imam, Jatiya Sangsad Chief Whip ASM Feroz and State Minister for Foreign Affairs Md Shahriar Alam saw the premier off. Besides, the cabinet secretary, the chiefs of three services, the inspector general of police, the dean of the diplomatic corps and high civil and military officials were present on the occasion. The flight will to land in Changi Airport around 2:45pm Singapore time. The prime minister will be taken to Shangri-La Hotel where she will be staying during the visit. On Monday, Sheikh Hasina will be given a welcome reception by the Singapore government. After the reception, Sheikh Hasina will pay a courtesy call on Singapore President Halimah Yacob at Istana. Official talks between Sheikh Hasina and Lee Hsien Loong will take place on Monday morning. Following the talks, Bangladesh and Singapore are set to sign six memorandums of understanding (MoUs) for further cooperation in different sectors. A MoU will be signed between the International Enterprise Singapore and Bangladesh Investment Development Authority (BIDA) on investment collaboration. Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI) and Singapore Manufacturing Federation will sign a MoU while Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MCCI) and Singapore Manufacturing Federation will sign another MoU to strengthen business relations. Other MoUs will be signed on public private partnership, expansion of air service agreement, digital leadership, innovation and digital government transformation. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will attend a lunch to be hosted by Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong in her honour on Monday. On Tuesday morning, Sheikh Hasina will attend a ceremony where an orchid in Singapore Botanical Garden, also a world heritage site, will be named after Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. Later, she will join Singapore-Bangladesh Business Forum and Business Roundtable at Shangri-La Hotel as the chief guest. Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali, State Minister for Power and Energy Nasrul Hamid and senior government officials, along with a high-profile business delegation will accompany her during the tour. The prime minister will return home on March 14.