Update January 14, 2017

Dhaka 10-22 am, 06-March, 2021

PM’s participation in WEF would play a catalytic role in encouraging investments: FM

Mirajul Moin Joy

14 January 2017, Nirapad News: Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali today said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s participation in the 47th Annual Meeting of World Economic Forum (WEF) set to begin on January 17 in Davos, Switzerland would yield ‘desired results’ in the country’s socio-economic sector.

“With prime minister’s participation, the meeting would play a catalytic role in encouraging investment of world’s renowned multinational companies, businessmen and entrepreneurs in Bangladesh’s socio-economic sectors,” he said.

The foreign minister made these observations while briefing newsmen at his ministry on the upcoming visit of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to Davos, Switzerlans to join the four-day WEF Annual Meeting.

Giving details, Mahmood Ali said the premier leaves Dhaka for Davos, a mountain resort in Graubünden, in the eastern Alps region of Switzerland, tomorrow night on a five-day official visit.

The theme of this year’s 47th Annual Meeting of World Economic Forum (WEF) is “Responsive and Responsible Leadership”.

An Eitihad Airways flight carrying the premier and her entourage members will leave Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport at 9:45pm.

Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali, State Minister for Science and Information Communication Technology Junaid Ahmed Palak and high-level government officials will accompany the prime minister during her visit.

Head of states and governments of 45 countries including Sweden, Canada, the Netherlands, Sri Lanka, Peru, Jordan, Egypt and Qatar will join the WEF meeting along with heads of different international bodies like WTO, UNESCO, UNDP, UNCTAD, World Bank, IMF and ADB.

The newly elected Secretary General of the United Nations Antonio Guterres will also join the meeting that concludes to January 21.

Highlighting the importance of this year’s WEF meeting, the foreign minister said the meeting marks an “especial significance” in regard to world peace and security under the perspective of present global political polarization.

He said the meeting will also discuss issues relating to trade, commerce, development and security at global and regional levels.

The prime minister, he said, will join various plenary sessions of the meeting on water economy, sustainable development, regional cooperation, women leadership and their empowerment.

Presidents of South Africa and Mauritius and prime ministers of Norway, Sri Lanka, the Netherlands and Peru and experts will take part in plenary discussions with Sheikh Hasina.

According to Prime Minister’s Office sources, 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.

The Bangladesh prime minister will also join a workshop titled “Shaping a New Water Economy” at the same venue on that day. In the afternoon, Sheikh Hasina will attend an interactive session on “Harnessing Regional Cooperation in South Asia” at the Congress Centre.

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

The World Economic Forum (WEF) is a Swiss nonprofit foundation, based in Cologny, Geneva.

Recognized by the Swiss authorities as an international body, its mission is cited as “committed to improving the state of the world by engaging business, political, academic, and other leaders of society to shape global, regional, and industry agendas”.

The forum is best known for its annual meeting at the end of January in Davos. It brings together some 3000 top business leaders, international political leaders, selected intellectuals, and journalists for up to four days to discuss the most pressing issues facing the world.

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