Dhaka – Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will leave Dhaka for London Tuesday en route to Sweden on a three-day visit to the Scandinavian nation, officials said.
This will be the first-ever bilateral visit by any head of government or state of Bangladesh to Sweden. Hasina will visit at the invitation of her Swedish counterpart Stefan Lofven.
The prime minister is scheduled to visit Swedish Parliament and hold a meeting with Acting Speaker of Parliament Tobias Billstrom on June 15.
She will later have an audience with Swedish King Carl XVI Gustaf at Royal Castle.
Her official talks are scheduled with Swedish Premier Stefan Lofven at the Prime Minister’s Office in the afternoon on June 15. She will then join a lunch to be hosted by the Swedish prime minister.
Swedish Deputy Prime Minister Isabella Lovin and Minister for Justice and Migration Morgan Johansson will call on Sheikh Hasina at the Prime Minister’s Office.
They she will attend a community reception in the evening on June 15.
On June 16, Hasina will join the Bangladesh-Sweden Business and Investment Forum in the Conference Center of the Prime Minister’s Office as a 57-member Bangladesh delegation is accompanying Bangladesh premier.
She is expected to hold meetings with CEO of H&M Karl-Johan Persson and President of Investor Jacob Wallenberg, Vice-President of Investor Marcus Wallenberg and CEO of ABB Sweden Johan Soderstrom.
Hasina is scheduled to return home on June 17 via London.
This visit will brighten Bangladesh’s image in the global arena including in the Europe, Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali told a press briefing on Sunday.
“The visit will help expand the areas of bilateral trade, achieving Sustainable Development Goal (Agenda 2030) between Bangladesh and Sweden and cooperation in the areas of migration, climate change and global terrorism,” he said.
The foreign minister said a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) is likely to be signed between Sweden-Bangladesh Business Council (SBBC, Stockholm) and Nordic Chamber of Commerce and Industries (NCCI, Dhaka) for further expanding bilateral trade cooperation.
He said a joint communique, is expected to be signed between Bangladesh and Sweden on fixing future work plan of bilateral relations between the two countries.