Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina leaves Dhaka for Jakarta tomorrow on a three-day official visit to Indonesia to attend the Asian-African Summit to be held on 22-24 April.
As many as 34 heads of state or government, including the Chinese President and the Japanese Prime Minister, will take part in the event. Besides, some 77 countries have confirmed their participation in the gethering with 3,600 delegates. Six international organizations – the United Nations, ASEAN, Asian Development Bank, African Union, Arab League and South Centre – will attend the conference.
The summit is being held in commemoration of the 60th anniversary of Asian-African Conference. The first Asian-African Conference was held in 1955 in the Indonesian city of Bandung in the midst emerging psychological cold war beteween two blocks the East and the West. Later, the Bandung Spirt was turned into new Asian-African Strategic Partnership in 2005.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will deliver her statement at the plenary session of the summit on 22 April. She will highlight the need for close South-South cooperation to foster peace, security and inclusive and sustainable development.
The Bangladesh Prime Minister will raise the issue of increasing threat of climate change on the life and livelihood of two-thirds of the world’s population living in the two continents. She will also highlight the Bangladesh’s impresseive achievements in socio-economic fronts.
On the sidelines of the summit, Sheikh Hasina will hold bilateral meetings with Chinese President Xi Jinping, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Singaporean Prime Minister Lee HsienLoong, Myanmar President Theinsein, Palestanian Prime Minister Dr Rami Hamdullah, Nepalese Prime Minister Shushil Koirala and Indonesian President Joko Widodo.
The Prime Minister will return home on 23 April.