PM leaves Dhaka for Nagoya to attend G7 Outreach Meeting

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Dhaka, May 26: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday left Dhaka for Nagoya of Japan on a four-day official visit to attend the G7 outreach programme where she will take leadership role in four basic subjects.

A VVIP flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines carrying the Prime Minister and her entourage departed from Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport around 10:15 am.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, currently chair of the G-7, formally invited his Bangladeshi counterpart Sheikh Hasina on April 8 to attend the outreach meeting of G-7.

Bangladesh Ambassador to Japan Rabab Fatima and Parliamentary Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan Miki Yamada will receive the Prime Minister at the Chubu Centrair International airport around 7:15 pm local time.

Earlier, Finance Minister AMA Muhith, Industries Minister Amir Hossain Amu, Public Administration Minister Syed Ashraful Islam, Chief Whip ASM Firoz, State Minister for Foreign Affairs M Shahriar Alam, Deputy Minister for Youth and Sports Arif Khan Joy, Cabinet Secretary and Chiefs of the three services saw the Prime Minister off at the airport.

A total of seven countries, including Bangladesh, will participate in the meeting.

The other countries are Laos PDR, Indonesia, Vietnam, Sri Lanka, Papua New Guniea and Chand.

Besides, UN secretary general Ban Ki Moon, OECD secretary general Angel Gurría, World Bank president Jim Yong Kim, Asian Development Bank (ADB) president Takehiko Nakao and International Monetary Fund (IMF) managing director Christine Lagarde will also attend the meeting.

The Bangladesh Prime Minister will take leadership role as health, women empowerment, sustainable development goals and cooperation for advanced infrastructure building.

On Friday, Sheikh Hasina will attend the G7 Outreach Programme at Shima Kanko Hotel and deliver her speech.

She will deliver another speech at a working lunch with the G7 outreach leaders.

The Prime Minister will have a meeting with her British counterpart David Cameron on the same day.

Prime Minister is also scheduled to hold meetings with Sri Lankan President Mirthipala Srisena and Japanese counterpart Shinjo Abe on Saturday.

Later the day, Sheikh Hasina will leave Nagoya for Tokyo by train.

On the same evening, she will inaugurate the new Bangladesh chancery complex at Tokyo.

On Sunday, she will have a breakfast meeting with leading Japanese businessmen and witness the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) between the Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI) and Japan External Trade Organisation (Jetro).

In the afternoon, Hasina will attend a reception to be hosted by the Bangladeshi community.

Prime Minister will leave Henada International Airport for Dhaka on Sunday evening.

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