An eight-member Thai delegation led by Thailand’s Culture Minister H.E. Mr. Vira Rojpojchanarat arrives Dhaka this evening for a one-day visit to Bangladesh to witness the Bangla New Year Festivities. His delegation includes Mrs. Sureerat Wongsangiem, Inspector General of Culture, Mr. Prarop Laovanich, Secretary to the Minister, Ms. Darunee Thamapodol, Director of International Affairs and other high officials of the Thai Culture Ministry, and members of Thai media.
The Thai Minister will be received at Hajrat Shahjalal Airport by Dr. Ranjit Kumar Biswas, Secretary, Ministry of Cultural Affairs and senior officials of Cultural Affairs and Foreign Ministry. Earlier Ambassador of Bangladesh to Thailand Ms. Saida Muna Tasneem saw the Thai Culture Minister off at Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok.
The Thai Minister and his entourage will visit Romna Botomul to tomorrow at 6:30 AM watch the Bangla New Year Borsho Boron Morning Swaree. Mr. Asaduzzaman Noor, Hon’ble Cultural Minister of Bangladesh will receive him there. The two Ministers will later watch the colourful Mongol Shuvajatra at the Fine Arts Institute of Dhaka University. The Thai Culture Minister will visit the Bangabandhu Memorial Museum to pay tribute and deep respect to Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
Later in the afternoon the Thai Culture Minister will hold bilateral meeting with the Cultural Minister of Bangladesh in State Guest House Padma to be followed by an official lunch hosted in honour of Thai Minister. Ambassadors of ASEAN and South Asian countries are expected to be present there.
In the afternoon the Minister will visit Dharmarijika Buddhist Shongho at Kamalapur to pay respect to Songhonayak Mahathero. He will also go to Shilpakala Academy in the evening to attend along with Bangladesh Culture Minister a cultural programme on Bangla New Year. Mr. Rojpojchanarat will leave Dhaka on 15th April early noon.
Mr. Rojpojchanarat, a senior cabinet Minister is an Archeological expert and dedicated his entire life in restoration of ancient monuments and relics of Thailand and in the ASEAN region. His goodwill visit to Bangladesh is the first by any ASEAN or Thai Culture Minister whose visit is exclusively aimed at learning about Bangla New Year and cultural festivities. Thailand is the third largest tourist destination of the world and popular for its ancient Buddhist monuments and relics.
Recently Bangladesh Embassy in Bangkok organized two special cultural events with participation of a large cultural delegation from Dhaka and painting exhibition by Bangladeshi artists on the occasion of 44th Anniversary of Independence and National Day 2015.
This colourful cultural expose was the first of its kind that has generated active interest amongst Thai dignitaries’ about Bangla festivities and the cultural similarities between the two countries. Both the countries are working closely towards greater technical collaboration and exchanges in the area of culture, art, archeology, religious specially Buddhist circuit tourism and dialogues between Muslim and Buddhist scholars.
Recent cultural initiatives of the Bangladesh Embassy in Thailand and the visit of the Thai Culture Minister is expected to open up new areas of cultural and people-to people connectivity between the two nations that share common borders with Myanmar and are geographically in close proximity by sea.
Bangladesh and Thailand signed an Agreement on Cultural, Educational and Scientific Cooperation in April 1979 to promote the cooperation between these two countries in the areas of culture, science, and education.
There is also a Working Arrangement on Cultural Exchange Programme effective from August 2006 that encompasses the arrangement of holding exhibitions of arts and handicrafts along with exchange of artists and art critics, cultural troupes, eminent personalities from the field of arts and culture