Japanese State Minister for Foreign Affairs Toshiko Abe received her
As part of her tri-nation visit, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has arrived in Tokyo for a four-day official tour of Japan to attend the Nikkei international conference on the Future of Asia.
The flight carrying the Prime Minister and her entourage landed at Haneda International Airport, Tokyo around 3:30pm on Tuesday.
Japanese State Minister for Foreign Affairs Toshiko Abe received her. Bangladesh Ambassador to Japan Rabab Fatima was present at that time, reports UNB.
Sheikh Hasina was then escorted in a ceremonial motorcade to Hotel New Otani, Chiyoda City where she will be staying during her Japan visit.
A special flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines—carrying the prime minister and her entourage—departed from Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport at 9:10am.
Finance Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal, Private Industry and Investment Adviser to the Prime Minister Salman F Rahman, State Minister for Foreign Affairs M Shahriar Alam, State Minister for Expatriates' Welfare and Overseas Employment Imran Ahmad, and State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid are accompanying the prime minister.
Bangladesh and Japan will sign their 40th Official Development Assistance (ODA) $2.5 billion deal to implement five projects, during Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s visit to Japan from May 28-30.
The projects are the: Matarbari Port Development Project (1), Dhaka Mass Rapid Transit Development Project (Line 1), Foreign Direct Investment Promotion Project (II), Energy Efficiency and Conservation Promotion Financing Project (Phase 2), and Matarbari Ultra Super Critical Coal-Fired Power Project (V).
Sheikh Hasina will attend a community event at Hotel Okura after reaching Haneda International Airport in Tokyo.
She will attend a breakfast roundtable meeting with Japanese Business leaders and CEOs at Hotel New Otani.
After that, the Japanese survivors of the Holy Artisan incident will call on her.
In the afternoon, she will have a bilateral meeting with her Japanese counterpart, Shinzo Abe, at his office. Following the bilateral talks, there will be a signing ceremony, and a joint press statement.
Later in the evening, she will attend the official dinner to be hosted by the Japanese prime minister at his residence.
On May 30, Sheikh Hasina will attend the Nikkei International Conference on "The Future of Asia," at the Imperial Hotel; where Prime Minister of Malaysia Mahathir Bin Mohammad and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will be the keynote speakers.
The theme of the conference is "In Search of the New Global Order Overcoming the Chaos."
She will then attend the 25th International Conference of Future Asia at the same venue, and deliver a speech.
Later, JICA president Shinichi Kitaoka will meet with her at her residence.
In the evening, the Prime Minister will attend the Nikkei Conference Dinner, and the Japanese prime minister will be the keynote speaker.
The year 2022 will mark the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Bangladesh and Japan.
In celebration of this anniversary, the two countries are expecting more interaction, including cultural, and people-to-people exchanges in the coming years.
OIC Islamic Summit
On May 31, the Prime Minister will depart from Haneda International Airport at 9:25am (local time) for Jeddah, to attend the 14th session of the OIC's Islamic Summit in Makkah.
The summit, titled "Makkah Summit: Together for the Future," aims to develop a unified stance on events in the Islamic world.
On June 1, she will perform Umrah.
Finland, and a stopover in Delhi
On the morning of June 3, she will depart Jeddah for Helsinki, Finland via Frankfurt. She will land in Helsinki at 1pm (local time).
On June 4, she will call on the President of Finland, Sauli Niinistö, at his official residence.
On her way back home, Sheikh Hasina will likely make a stopover in New Delhi.
Foreign Minister Dr Momen said the Prime Minister will celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr abroad as she will return home on June 8.