Dhaka – Dhaka and Thimphu are likely to sign six deals of cooperation as Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is all set to embark a visit to the next-door neighbor from Tuesday, officials said on Monday.
Avoidance of double taxation, standards of agriculture and agro-products, cultural cooperation, use of Bangladeshi shipping routes by Bhutan are among the areas where the two countries are expected to sign agreements and memorandum of agreements, said Foreign Minister Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali.
The two sides will also sign a memo on setting up of a permanent Bangladesh chancery building in Thimphu, he added.
Scheduled to leave on Tuesday morning on a three-day official visit, Hasina will attend the “International Conference on Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders” as it kicks off at the Royal Banquet Hall in the Bhutanese capital on April 19.
During the visit, the Prime Minister will hold meetings with Bhutanese King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay to discuss bilateral and regional issues.
Bhutanese Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay and Bangladesh Ambassador in Thimphu Jishnu Roy Choudhury will receive the premier at the airport. At that time she will be presented ceremonial Khadhar (scarf)
In the afternoon, Hasina will be ceremonially received at Tashichhodzong, the Royal Palace. A cabinet minister and senior Bhutanese officials will welcome her at the main gate of Tashichhodzong.
She will have an audience with Bhutanese King Wangchuck and Queen Jetsun Pema at the Royal Palace.
Hasina will hold official meeting with her Bhutanese counterpart Tobgay at Gyalyong Tshogkhang. The meeting will be followed by signing of MoUs by two countries.
On Wednesday, Hasina will join the opening ceremony of the “International Conference on Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders” at Royal Banquet Hall as the “guest of honour”.
Apart from the foreign minister, the Prime Minister’s International Affairs Adviser Gowher Rizvi and Suchona Foundation chief Sayma Wazed Hossain, the Prime Minister’s daughter, will also attend the conference.
Hasina will chair the high-level discussion titled “Enabling countries to successfully address autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders as part of their Sustainable Development Goals”.
During her visit, the Prime Minister will unveil the foundation stone plaque of the Chancery of Bangladesh Embassy at Hejo.
Hasina will return home on Thursday.
The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare of Bangladesh and the Ministry of Health of Bhutan with the technical support of Shuchona Foundation (previously known as Global Autism), Ability Bhutan Society (ABS), and World Health Organization South-East Asia Regional Office are jointly organising the conference.
The theme of the conference is “Developing effective and sustainable multi-sectorial programs for individuals, families and communities living with ASD and other neurodevelopmental disorders.
Government leaders, policymakers, experts and activists from around the globe will discuss strategic viewpoints to spread awareness about autism in the conference.