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    PM flies to Myanmar on Monday to attend 3rd BIMSTEC Summit Frontier
    Frontier on Saturday, March 1, 2014
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    Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina leaves here for Nay Pyi Taw on Monday on a two-day visit to Myanmar to attend the 3rd BIMSTEC Summit.

    The summit will be held at the Myanmar International Conference Centre-II in Nay Pyi Taw, the Myanmar capital, on March 4, foreign ministry sources said.

    A VVIP flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines carrying the Prime Minister and members of her entourage will take off from Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport here at 8 am.

    The flight is scheduled to reach Nay Pyi Taw international Airport at 10.15 am (Myanmar time).

    A Union Minister of Myanmar and Bangladesh Ambassador to Myanmar Anup Kumar Chakma will receive Sheikh Hasina at the airport.

    From the airport, she will be taken to Royal Nay Pi Taw Hotel, where she will be staying during her visit to Myanmar.

    The Prime Minister will lead a 32-member Bangladesh delegation at the summit. On the sidelines of the summit, Sheikh Hasina will hold bilateral meetings with her counterparts of the BIMSTEC member countries, including India, Myanmar, Nepal and Bhutan, the sources said.

    She will also meet Speaker of Myanmar Parliament Shwe Mann and Chairman of National League for Democracy Aung San Suu Kyi.

    The Premier will join a press conference for all heads of state and government of the BIMSTEC nations. She will also attend a dinner to be hosted by Myanmar President Thein Sien.

    Sheikh Hasina is expected to return home at 9.10 pm on Tuesday.

    Prior to the summit, BIMSTEC Ministerial Meeting will be held on March 3 in which Bangladesh delegation will be led by State Minister for Foreign Affairs Md. Shahriar Alam.

    The foreign secretary will lead a Bangladesh delegation to the Senior Officials' Meeting on March 2.

    The BIMSTEC (Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation) is a regional grouping of seven members from South Asia and South East Asia. They are Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Thailand.

    Founded in 1997, the BIMSTEC held its first and second summits in 2004 and 2008 in Bangkok and New Delhi respectively.

    The main objective of this organization is to create an enabling environment for rapid economic development through identification and implementation of specific programmes in the 14 identified areas of cooperation, which include trade and investment, energy, transport and communication, tourism,agriculture, environment and disaster management, people-to- people contact, counterterrorism and transnational crime and climate change. Bangladesh is the lead country for the areas of trade and investment and climate change.

    In the upcoming BIMSTEC Summit, the heads of state or government are expected to take stock of progress made since the last summit, exchange views on various aspects of the group's collective engagements and set the future direction of the organization.

    The summit will adopt a declaration, while three instruments - Memorandum of Association (MoA) on the Establishment of BIMSTEC Permanent Secretariat in Dhaka, Memorandum of Association (MoA)
    on the Establishment of BIMSTEC Centre for Weather and Climate in
    India and Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on the BIMSTEC Culture Industries Commission and Bimstec Cultural Industries Observatory to be set up in Bhutan - are expected to be signed during the summit, the sources said.

    Following the summit, The BIMSTEC Permanent Secretariat is expected to be functional in Dhaka. The government of Bangladesh has already allotted a premises in Dhaka for the secretariat.

    It has been decided that the first secretary general of the BIMSTEC will be from Sri Lanka.

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