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PM off to Davos to attend WEF meeting

WT24 Desk

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina left here for Davos on Sunday on a five-day official visit to Switzerland to attend the 47th Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF),UNB reports.

The four-day meeting will be held on January 17-20 in Davos in the eastern Alps region of Switzerland under the theme ‘Responsive and Responsible Leadership’. An Etihad Airways flight carrying the Prime Minister and her entourage left Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport at 10:35pm.

Finance Minister AMA Muhith, Commerce Minister Tofail Ahmed, Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader, Tourism and Civil Aviation Minister Rashed Khan Menon, Prime Minister’s Media Advisor Iqbal Sobhan Chowdhury and Chief Whip ASM Firoz saw the Prime Minister off at the airport.

Prime Minister’s Principal Secretary Dr Kamal Abdul Naser Chowdhury, Cabinet Secretary Mohammad Shafiul Alam and Chiefs of the three services were present.

After a making a stopover for one hour and 20 minutes at Abu Dhabi, the Prime Minister is scheduled to reach Zurich International Airport at 6:45am (local time) on Monday. Bangladesh Ambassador to Switzerland and Permanent Representative to UN Offices Shameem Ahsan will receive the Prime Minister at the airport.

From the airport, Sheikh Hasina in a ceremonial motorcade will be escorted to Silvretta Parkhotel, where she will be staying during her visit. During her stay in Davos, Hasina will attend a number of events of the World Economic Forum and hold talks with WEF Executive Chairman Klaus Schwab.

On January 17, the Prime Minister will attend the opening plenary of the World Economic Forum at the Congress Centre in Davos. Before the opening of the plenary, WEF Executive Chairman Klaus Schwann will call on Sheikh Hasina.

She will also join a workshop titled ‘Shaping a New Water Economy’ at the same venue on that day. In the afternoon, she will attend an interactive session on ‘Harnessing Regional Cooperation in South Asia’ at the Congress Centre.

On January 18, the Prime Minister will take part in an event titled ‘Worlds Underwater’ as well as the plenary session on ‘Leading the Fight against Climate Change’.

On January 19, she will attend an interactive session titled ‘Informal Gathering of the World Economic Leaders: Responsive and Responsible Leadership in a Multipolar World’.

Besides, the Prime Minister will attend an event titled ‘Women Leaders Dinner: New Frontiers of Leadership’ to be held at Schatzalp of Davos-Klosters in the evening the same day.

Concluding her five-day tour, Hasina will leave Zurich International Airport for Dhaka at 2.35pm (local time) on January 20 and is expected to arrive at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport at 10:15 am (local time) on January 21 via Dubai.

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