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PM Hasina to visit Germany, UAE for first overseas trip

  • Published at 10:14 pm February 13th, 2019
web-Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen -six-day trip Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's first overseas tour in her third consecutive term in office will see her visit Germany and the United Arab Emirates
File photo: Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen briefs reporters regarding the six-day trip of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to Germany and the United Arab Emirates PID

The premier will be attending the Munich Security Conference (MSC) 2019 scheduled for February 15-17

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's first overseas tour in her third consecutive term in office will see her visit Germany and the United Arab Emirates. The premier will be departing Bangladesh on Thursday morning.

Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen briefed reporters on Wednesday regarding the six-day trip, saying it will further boost Bangladesh's image abroad as she carries a big example of development. 

He said: "She has a big example of development in her pocket. I believe the entire international community will want to know how the miracle happened (in Bangladesh)."

The premier will be attending the Munich Security Conference (MSC) 2019 scheduled for February 15-17. 

The flight will leave Dhaka at 8:10am with the prime minister and her entourage. 

Ambassador of Bangladesh to Germany Imtiaz Ahmed will receive her at the airport. 

Dr Momen said bilateral meetings with the German Chancellor Angela Merkel and other global leaders are expected during the Germany trip. 

He also said they will have meetings with some major companies in Germany to encourage them to invest in Bangladesh. 

Executive Director of The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons Beatrice Fihn and Chief Prosecutor of the ICC Dr Bensouda will call on Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina separately on Friday, before she attends the opening ceremony of the MSC.

After the ceremony, Siemens AG President and CEO Joe Kaeser and Veridos CEO Hans Wolfgang Kunz will call on her separately. 

Later, she will attend a dinner hosted by the World Economic Forum President and Jigsaw CEO Borge Brende Jared Cohen. 

On Saturday afternoon, the prime minister will join in a panel discussion on “Climate Change as a Security Threat.”

Afterwards, the prime minister will fly to UAE, where she is likely to sign two Memorandums of Understanding on investment. 

One of the MoUs will be signed between the private office of Sheikh Ahmed Dalmook Al Maktoum and Bangladesh Power Development Board (BPDB) for the development of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) terminals, power plants, and any other projects of mutual interest. 

Another MoU will be signed between the private office of Sheikh Ahmed Dalmook Al Maktoum and Bangladesh Investment Development Authority (BIDA) to set up a Special Economic Zone in Matarbari on 300 acres of land. 

The foreign minister emphasized the diversity of investment from various countries instead of just one to strengthen Bangladesh’s future. 

He said: "We want to take full advantage of what the UAE offers." 

Foreign Secretary M Shahidul Haque, who was present at the briefing, said many avenues will open and there will be in-depth discussions. "We're expecting a very warm welcome in the UAE." 

She will fly to UAE on Saturday night to attend the International Defence Exhibition (IDEX-2019) scheduled for the next day. 

PM Hasina will hold a meeting with Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed bin Sultan Al-Nahyan. 

She will also hold a bilateral meeting with Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of the Emirate of Dubai Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. 

On Monday, the premier will visit Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak Al Ketbi, wife of late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan – the founder and inaugural president of the UAE. 

The prime minister will fly back to Dhaka early Wednesday morning and is expected to land at 7am.