Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina departed from Dhaka’s Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport on May 22 afternoon to attend the Qatar Economic Forum 2023. The visit comes at the invitation of Emir of Qatar Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, underscoring the growing bilateral ties between Bangladesh and Qatar. Accompanied by her entourage, Prime Minister Hasina boarded a VVIP flight of Biman Bangladesh Airline at 3:13 pm local time.
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Forum to focus on “A New Global Growth Story”
The Qatar Economic Forum, renowned as the leading voice for business and investment in the Middle East, will convene from May 23 to 25. With the theme “3rd Qatar Economic Forum: A New Global Growth Story,” the event aims to address the multifaceted challenges and crises faced globally and explore avenues for increased international cooperation to mitigate the adverse economic consequences arising from them. Prime Minister Hasina’s participation in this prestigious forum highlights Bangladesh’s commitment to global economic cooperation.
Engagements during the visit
Upon arrival in Doha at Hamad International Airport on May 22 (local time), Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is scheduled to join the opening session of the Qatar Economic Forum. Additionally, she will address the students of Qatar University, emphasizing the significance of education and youth empowerment in driving sustainable economic growth.
During her stay in Qatar, Prime Minister Hasina will hold separate meetings with Qatar Minister of State for Energy Affairs, Saad bin Sherida Al Kaabi, and Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Investment, Khalid A. Al-Falih. These engagements signify the importance of fostering strong bilateral relationships and exploring potential avenues for collaboration in energy and investment sectors.
Furthermore, on May 24, Prime Minister Hasina is set to attend further sessions of the forum and meet with Emir of Qatar, Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, at the Amiri Diwan. As a testament to Bangladesh’s focus on education, she will also visit Awsaj Academy, a specialized school in Doha.
Prime Minister expected to return to Bangladesh on May 25
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s official visit to Qatar will conclude on May 25, as she is expected to return to Bangladesh in the morning. This visit not only reinforces the bilateral ties between Bangladesh and Qatar but also signifies the commitment of both nations to promoting global economic cooperation and finding collaborative solutions to the challenges faced by the international community.
In conclusion, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s participation in the Qatar Economic Forum 2023 holds immense significance for fostering global cooperation and addressing economic challenges. The visit provides a platform for Bangladesh to showcase its commitment to sustainable economic growth and explore potential partnerships with Qatar and other participating countries.
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