Hasina to visit Indonesia Monday
March 5th, 2017 at 2:49 pm
Hasina to visit Indonesia Monday

Dhaka – Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is expected to visit Indonesia to attend a conference to mark the 20th anniversary of Indian Ocean Rim Association, officials said in Dhaka on Sunday.

Hasina will leave Dhaka for Jakarta Monday morning on a three-day official visit. She will attend the Leaders’ Summit of the IORA, comprised of 21 coastal states bordering Indian Ocean.

A Biman Bangladesh Airlines flight will carry Hasina and her entourage members, Prime Minister’s press secretary Ihsanul Karim said.

After the reception at Halim Pardana Kusuma International Airport of Jakarta, a ceremonial motorcade would escort Hasina to Hotel Shangri-La at Central Jakarta City, where she will be staying during her visit to Indonesia.

Bangladesh premier would attend the Leaders’ Welcoming Dinner at the Plenary Hall of Jakarta Convention Center (JCC) on the first day while on Tuesday she is expected to join the opening ceremony at the Jakarta Convention Center.

She will later attend the opening session of the summit on “Adoption of the Agenda and Programme of Work”.

The opening session would be followed by two sessions — one on the Summary of Reports and another on “Adoption and Signing of the outcome document of the Summit”. The Bangladesh prime minister will join both sessions.

Hasina will attend the general debate on “Strengthening Maritime Cooperation for a Peaceful, Stable, and Prosperous Indian Ocean Rim” and deliver her statement in the event.

She will join the closing ceremony of the summit and the press conference.

Hasina is scheduled to return home on Wednesday.

The summit will bring together the Leaders of the 21 IORA member states and its seven dialogue partners as well as other special invitees and guests for promoting cooperation and closer interaction among them.

It is expected to be a “game-changer” for regional cooperation in the Indian Ocean, and in keeping with the challenges that the region faces, aims to forge a revitalized and sustainable architecture in multi-dimensional engagement, according to state-run Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha news agency.

The summit is set to propose on adoption of strategic outcome documents entitled the “IORA Concord” and the “IORA Action Plan” as well as the “IORA Declaration on Countering Violent Extremism leading to Terrorism”. These strategic documents reflect IORA’s vision for the future.

The organisation was first established as the Indian Ocean Rim Initiative in Mauritius in March 1995 and was formally launched on 6-7 March 1997 by the conclusion of a multilateral treaty known as the Charter of the Indian Ocean Rim Association for Regional Cooperation.

The members of the forum are Australia, Bangladesh, Comoros, India, Indonesia, Iran, Kenya, Madagascar, Malaysia, Mauritius, Mozambique, Oman, Seychelles, Singapore, Somalia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Thailand, the United Arab Emirates and Yemen. The coordinating secretariat of IORA is located at Ebene, Mauritius.

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