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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Left on a Six-Day Visit to Seoul
By Ataur Rahman
Bangladesh Correspondent
The Prime Minister of Bangladesh Sheikh Hasina has left on a six-day visit to South Korea and Malaysia. She is expected to arrive at the South Korean capital Seoul early morning on Sunday 6.30 AM.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will attend the 66th conference of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) on May 17 and is scheduled to address the inauguration session. On May 18, she will hold talks with the South Korean president Lee Myung-Bak on bilateral issues and will attend a banquet hosted by the president.

Sheikh Hasina is likely to sign few memorandums of understanding on infrastructure development and economic cooperation after the meeting with the South Korean president. Korean environment minister and knowledge economy minister will also meet her.

Sheikh Hasina is set to attend a lunch hosted by the Korean Chamber of Commerce and Industries (KCCI) on May 17 and a dinner hosted by the Korean unification committee chairman. During her visit, Hasina is scheduled to visit the Hanging Project of the Seoul Metropolitan Government on the Han river and meet the South Korean national assembly. She will pay homage to the South Korean national memorial tower on May 18.

Sheikh Hasina will leave Seoul for Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur on May 18.

The next day she is expected to speak at the inaugural ceremony of the 6th Economic Forum and hold bilateral talks with the Malaysian prime minister Najib Bin Razak. Chairman of Islamic Economic Forum will also meet with her on the same day. She will attend lunch and dinners hosted by the Malaysian prime minister. The Bangladeshi head of government will also sit with the Malaysian investors and the Bangladeshi community in that country in separate meetings. She will leave Kuala Lumpur on May 20 and arrive at Dhaka on May 21.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina left on Thai Airways flight from Dhaka at 2.45pm on Saturday.



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Mr. Ataur Rahman serves as Bangladesh Correspondent for The Seoul Times. He eanred his Master of Commerce degree from Dhaka University in 1985. Mr. Rahman has vast journalistic rexperience including his stints at "The Daily Janata" and "The Dainik Bangla."

 

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