Nov 14, 2021


HPM Sheikh Hasina visits France, signs three agreements

During her recent five-day state visit to this friendly European country, Honourbale Prime Minister (HPM) Sheikh Hasina has earned significant recognisitions with a flurry of high profile meetings, alongside she oversaw singing of three agreements on financial assistance and technical cooperation on the second day of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's five-day state visit to this friendly European country. Moreover, as per two agreements, France will provide 330 million Euro to Bangladesh to support its development projects. Of the 330 million euro, Agency France Development (AFD) will provide 200 million euro for budget support due to Covid-19 pandemic while 130 million euro for Dhaka Environmentally Sustainable Water Supply Project which is already going on.

HPM Sheikh Hasina for doubling Dhaka-Paris bilateral trade

Laying emphasis on doubling bilateral trade volume by 2025, HPM Sheikh Hasina invited French businesspeople to boost their investment in Bangladesh as the country sits at a strategic location among major economic centers in the Indo-Pacific region. "French investment in Bangladesh is still modest compared to its global footprint. I invite French investors to witness first-hand the opportunities in Bangladesh," she said. The Bangladesh premier made this call during her meeting with the business leaders of MEDEF International at the Place of Residence in France. She said Bangladesh's Investment Promotion Agency- BIDA is directly reporting to her office and it will be happy to support French investors in any way possible. She advised, "You may wish to find a local partner to make your entry easier, and you would be well advised to build a partnership with Bangladesh in the long term."

HPM Sheikh Hasina hands over 1st UNESCO-Bangabandhu prize to MoTIV of Uganda

HPM Sheikh Hasina handed over the "UNESCO-Bangladesh Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman International Prize for the Creative Economy" to MoTIV, a Uganda-based integrated creative studio. Noel Collin Kaijabwango, business and operations lead of MoTIV, received the prize and certificate on behalf of team MoTIV. HPM’s younger sister Sheikh Rehana was present beside her while handing over the prize. Audrey Azoulay, who was re-elected to the post of Director-General of UNESCO with the massive support of the organisation's 193 member states, delivered welcome remarks at the function held on Thursday. HPM Sheikh Hasina's presence at the first award-giving ceremony coincided with the Golden Jubilee of Bangladesh's Independence.

South-South cooperation: HPM Sheikh Hasina for setting up of ‘Knowledge Centre’ in Bangladesh

While addressing the 4th Edition of Paris Peace Forum at Grande Halle de la Villette here, HPM Sheikh Hasina sought international support for setting up a 'South-South Knowledge and Innovation Centre' in Bangladesh to act as a platform of technological solutions to development challenges in the Global South. "In 2019, Bangladesh offered to set up a 'South-South Knowledge and Innovation Centre'. It would ideally serve as a platform for co-creating technological solutions to development challenges in the South. I urge the UN, G20 and OECD to consider investing in such forward-looking proposals," she said. "On the home front, as Bangladesh graduates from the LDC status, we aim to work on setting up our own platform for international economic and technical cooperation. The platform will help coordinate and expand the work of our value-based diplomacy, and the multiple ways it contributes to international development, peacekeeping and humanitarian efforts," she added.

HPM Sheikh Hasina gets warm welcome at French presidential palace

HPM Sheikh Hasina was given a rousing reception at the Elysee Palace on the first day of her visit to France. On her arrival at the presidential palace, the presidential guard gave her salute and then French President Emmanuel Macron received her. After brief statements, the two leaders went for a lunch meeting and tete-a-tete. Later, she has been given state guard of honour by the Republican Guard. In the evening, the Bangladesh premier visited the Matignon, the official residence of the French prime minister and had a bilateral meeting.

HPM Hasina holds bilateral meeting with British counterpart, calls for changing traditional lens of Bangladesh-UK relations

Following her high profile participation at COP 26 summit, HPM Sheikh Hasina made a significant visit to London where she held a bilateral meeting with her British counterpart Boris Johnson on the sidelines of COP26 in Glasgow, Scotland. Moreover during her address at the British Parliament on the 50th anniversary of Bangladesh’s independence, she called for a ‘reset’ in Bangladesh-UK bilateral relations. She said the engagements of the two countries should now be truly strategic, and draw on their cooperation in peacekeeping, counter-terrorism, maritime and aviation security.

HPM Sheikh Hasina meets ‘vibrant’ British-Bangladeshi youngsters in London

HPM Sheikh Hasina has spent a joyous evening with a new generation of Bangladeshi-British youngsters in London after wrapping up her visit to Scotland for COP26. “The vibrant diaspora community remains at the centre of the partnership between Bangladesh and the UK,” the prime minister said at an event at the British Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office recently organised by the British Asian Trust to mark the golden jubilee of Bangladesh’s independence. The Bangladesh premier, accompanied by her sister Sheikh Rehana, was overjoyed speaking to bright young representatives from the Bangladeshi-British diaspora community in London which included a broad range of talents - researchers, football players, musicians and entrepreneurs. The youngsters, for their part, got the opportunity to have a friendly conversation with the premier in a relaxed setting.

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