Dhaka – Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina joined the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum opened on Tuesday in Dalian city of China, also being attended by government leaders, businessmen and civil society members from across the world.
Hasina, who left Dhaka for Dalian on a five-day official visit to China on Monday, will hold bilateral meetings with Chinese leaders to enhance trade and business cooperation, and resolve the Rohingya crisis, with which Bangladesh is burdensome, during the trip.
State-run Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha news agency reported from Dalian that more than 1,800 leaders including heads of state and government, businesses, civil society, academia and the arts across the world gathered at the venue of the annual meeting of the WEF.
“The three-day WEF Annual Meeting of the New Champions 2019”, also known as WEF Summer Davos, will end on Wednesday. The theme of this year conference is – “Leadership 4.0 – Succeeding in a New Era of Globalization”.
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang inaugurated the meeting at Dalian International Conference Center. Founder and Executive Chairman of World Economic Forum Klaus Schwab and Governor of Liaoning Province Tang Yijun also spoke at the function.
Chinese prime minister pledged that his country would continue to focus on economic growth and reforms. “We’ll open up new areas for foreign investors,” he said stressing for the need of adopting a comprehensive strategy to keep up growth and reforms.
He promised to eliminate laws that are inconsistent to the international laws for the sake of trade liberalsiation.
Bangladesh’s delegation to the WEF include chairperson of National Advisory Committee on Autism and Neurodevelopment Disorder Saima Wazed Hossain, Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen, PM’s Private Industry and Investment Adviser Salman F Rahman, State Minister for Foreign Affairs Md Shahriar Alam and State Minister for ICT Junaid Ahmed Palak among others.
The meeting will spur leaders to find new strategic models to adapt to the world’s environmental challenges, regional competition, economic disparities and technological disruption.
The WEF, based in Cologny-Geneva, Switzerland, was founded in 1971 as a not-for-profit organization. It was granted “other international body” status in January 2015 by the Swiss Federal Government under the Swiss Host-State Act (International Organization status requires multiple governments.