PM Arrives in Doha

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina waves her hand at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka on Saturday || Photo: Collected

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina waves her hand at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka on Saturday || Photo: Collected

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Saturday arrived in Qatar's capital Doha to attend 5th United Nations Conference on Least Developed Countries (LDC5: From Potential to Prosperity).

A special VVIP flight (BG-325) of Biman Bangladesh Airlines carrying the premier and her entourage members landed Hamad International Airport, Doha around 01:30pm local time, reports BSS.

High level representatives of Qatar government and Bangladesh Ambassador to Qatar Md Nazrul Islam received the prime minister.

Later, Sheikh Hasina was escorted to the place of residence in a ceremonial motorcade.

Earlier, the Biman flight took off from Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport, Dhaka for Doha at 11:15am local time.

The prime minister is visiting Qatar at the invitation of Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani and UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres.

During her stay in Qatar till March 8, Sheikh Hasina will lead a high-level delegation and will hold bilateral meetings with her Qatari counterpart apart from her participation at the LDC5 conference. 

She will also have a meeting with the emir of Qatar. Bilateral issues, including cooperation in the areas of energy sector, will come up for discussion.

On Saturday afternoon, Sheikh Hasina will have separate meetings with UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, UNGA President Csaba Korosi and UNDP administrator Achim Steiner at Qatar National Convention Centre (QCC).

On March 5, the prime minister will deliver a speech at the opening plenary meeting of the LDC5 Conference as a special guest at the QCC.

Then she will have separate meetings with the Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, Rwandan President Paul Kagame, Secretary General of United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) Rebeca Grynspan, and Secretary General of International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Doreen Bogdan-Martin.

Besides, the prime minister will also deliver a speech at a side event titled “Sustainable and Smooth Transition for the Graduating Cohort of 2021,” which will be arranged jointly by Bangladesh, Laos and Nepal.

On March 6, Sheikh Hasina will speak as the chief guest at a business summit, titled “The Rise of Bengal Tiger: Potential of Trade and Investment in Bangladesh” at the St Regis Doha, will have meeting with Malawi President Lazarus McCarthy Chakwera, and participate in a side event tiled “Investment in Research and Development in LDCs for Smart and Innovative Societies” in the QCC. She will also join the Regional Envoy Conference at the place of residence.

On March 7, the prime minister will attend a high-level dialogue on “Enhancing the participation of LDCs in International Trade and Regional Integration,” hold meeting with Denmark’s Minister for Development Cooperation Dan Jorgensen, attend an event titled “Global Partnership for Smooth and Sustainable Graduation: Marching towards Smart Bangladesh” as the special guest in the QCC as well as join a civic reception to be hosted by the Bangladeshi community living in Qatar.

Sheikh Hasina is scheduled to leave Doha for Dhaka in the morning on March 8.

At the LDC5 Conference in Doha, world leaders will gather with the private sector, civil society, parliamentarians, and young people to advance new ideas, raise new pledges of support, and spur delivery on agreed commitments, through the Doha Programme of Action.

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