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PM Hasina returns home from Switzerland

Sheikh Hasina attended an ILO summit, which is a forum for global voices to address the need for actions to support social justice

Update : 17 Jun 2023, 09:59 AM

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has returned home from Geneva, wrapping up her three-day official visit to Switzerland.

A regular flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines carrying the prime minister and her entourage landed at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport at 1:55am on Saturday. 

Earlier, the flight took off from Geneva Airport at 11:50am local time (3:50pm Bangladesh time) on Friday.

The prime minister exchanged pleasantries with the passengers on the flight and inquired about their well-being.

She went to Geneva on June 13 to attend the "World of Work Summit: Social Justice for All" held on June 14-15 in the Swiss city.

She addressed the plenary session of the summit at Palais de Nations on Wednesday.

The ILO's summit is a high-level forum for global voices to address the need for increased, coordinated and coherent action to support social justice. 

The summit brought together over a dozen heads of states and governments, high-level representatives from the United Nations, other international organizations, and employers' and workers' organizations.

Sheikh Hasina also had two separate meetings with South African President Matamela Cyril Ramaphosa and Malta President Dr George Vella.

Besides, she held meetings separately with UNHCR chief Flippo Grandi, Prince Rahim Aga Khan, Swiss Confederation President Alain Berset and International Labour Organization (ILO) Director General Gilbert F Houngbo there on the day.

After the meeting with the Swiss president, a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on knowledge and skills enhancement between Bangladesh and Switzerland was signed.

In the evening, the prime minister attended a dinner with high-level dignitaries hosted by the ILO director general at its headquarters.

On June 15, she joined “A Talk at the WEF” and a meeting with WEF founder Prof Klaus Schwab at the WEF headquarters.

She also addressed an event, “New Economy and Society in Smart Bangladesh,” organized by the World Economic Forum (WEF).

Besides, Qatari Minister of Labour Dr Ali Bin Samik Al Marri and WTO Director General Dr Okonjo-Iweala separately met her at her place of residence.

Sheikh Hasina also attended a civic reception in the evening.

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