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PM returns home from Abu Dhabi on Wednesday

  • Published at 08:20 pm February 19th, 2019
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina meets Founder and Chairman of NMC Dr BR Shetty at her hotel suite in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday; February 19, 2019 Focus Bangla

The prime minister left Dhaka for Germany on her first overseas tour last Thursday 

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina returns home this morning, wrapping up her weeklong visit to Germany and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

A Biman Bangladesh flight carrying the prime minister and her entourage was scheduled to depart from Abu Dhabi International Airport for Dhaka in the early hours (12:15am, local time) and to land at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport at 7am (local time) this morning.

Mohammad Imran, Bangladesh Ambassador to the UAE, was set to see her off at the Abu Dhabi International Airport.

On February 14, the prime minister left Dhaka for Germany on her first overseas tour in her third consecutive term in office, to attend a security conference in Munich, and a defence exhibition in Abu Dhabi.

She joined the Munich Security Conference (MSC) 2019 held in Munich, Germany, while the International Defence Exhibition (IDEX-2019) was in Abu Dhabi, UAE.

During her stay in Munich, Hasina also attended a community reception organized by the Awami League unit in Europe, and a dinner program hosted by President of the World Economic Forum and CEO of Jigsaw, Borge Brende Jared Cohen.

Also, President and CEO of Siemens AG, Joe Kaeser, CEO of Veridos, Hans Wolfgang Kunz, Executive Director of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, Beatrice Fihn, and Chief Prosecutor of the ICC, Dr Bensouda, met her separately during her stay there.

Following the meeting of Siemens CEO with the prime minister, the Power Division of Bangladesh and Siemens of Germany signed a document for the construction of a 3600MW LNG power plant at Payra in Bangladesh.

On Saturday night, Sheikh Hasina left Munich for Abu Dhabi and visited the International Defence Exhibition on Sunday, organized by the UAE.

A UAE business delegation, led by its Economic Minister, Sultan Bin Saeed Al Mansoori, met the Prime Minister on Sunday and expressed interest in expanding UAE business in Bangladesh, making investments in various sectors such as energy, ports, and industrial zones, in a newer way.

During her stay in Abu Dhabi, Bangladesh and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), on Sunday, signed four memoranda of understanding (MoUs) on establishing ports, industrial parks, and the supply and setting up of an LNG terminal, power plants, and a special economic zone in Bangladesh.

The government of Dubai and the Public Private Partnership (PPP) authority under the Prime Minister's Office (PMO), signed the first MoU to set up a port, dry port, and industrial park in Bangladesh.

The second MoU was signed between Emirates National Oil Company (ENOC) and the Power, Energy, and Mineral Resources of Bangladesh, to supply LNG to Bangladesh on a long-term basis and develop a land-based LNG receiving terminal in Payra.

The third MoU was signed between Sheikh Ahmed Dalmook Al Maktoum and the Power Development Board of Bangladesh (PDB).

The fourth MoU was signed between the private office of Sheikh Ahmed Dalmook Al Maktoum and the Bangladesh Investment Development Authority (BIDA).

On Monday, Sheikh Hasina had a meeting with Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, at his Royal Palace.

On Tuesday, Chairman and Managing Director of Lulu Group, Yusuff Ali, and Founder and Chairman of NMC, Dr BR Shetty, called on the prime minister at her hotel suite in Abu Dhabi.

During the meetings, the two UAE business giants expressed their keen interest in investing in different sectors of Bangladesh, including healthcare, shopping malls, hotels, and the tourism sector.