12:00 AM, May 15, 2010 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, May 15, 2010

Hasina leaves for S Korea, Malaysia today

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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina leaves Dhaka for Seoul today on a six-day official visit to South Korea and Malaysia.
A Thai aircraft carrying the prime minister and members of her entourage will take off from Hazrat Shahjalal (R) International Airport in the afternoon.
On her way to Seoul, Hasina will make a six-hour stopover in the Thai capital Bangkok.
The Bangladesh delegation is scheduled to reach Seoul at 6:30am (local time) on May 16 where the PM will stay until May 18.
The Bangladesh premier will address the opening ceremony of the 66th session of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (Escap) on May 17.
On May 18, she will have bilateral talks with South Korean President Lee Myung-bak and join a lunch to be hosted by the president of Korea the same day.
After talks with the Korean president, several memorandums of understanding are expected to be signed on infrastructure development and economic assistance.
Hasina, also the president of Bangladesh Awami League, will attend a community reception on May 16 in Seoul.
Apart from this, Korean Knowledge Economy Minister Choi Kyung-Hwan and Korean Environment Minister Maanee Lee will pay courtesy call on Hasina at her hotel suite.
Besides, Korean Chamber of Commerce and Industry will arrange a luncheon meeting in honour of the Bangladesh prime minister on May 17.
Hasina will visit Hanging Project of Seoul Metropolitan Government on the River Han. She will also visit National Assembly of Korea and will have dinner to be hosted by the chairman of the committee on foreign, commerce and unification affairs.
On May 18, she will place wreaths at the National Cemetery of Korea's Memorial Tower.
Ending her official visit to Korea, the premier will fly for Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia, on May 18 to join the sixth Economic Forum meeting on May 19.
She will deliver special speech at the inaugural function of the meeting.
The Bangladesh PM will hold bilateral meeting with her Malaysian counterpart Najib Razak at the Convention Centre in Kuala Lumpur.
She will have lunch and dinner on May 19 to be hosted by her Malaysian counterpart.
On the same day, the chairman of Islamic Economic Forum will call on Hasina.
Besides, the Bangladesh premier will hold meetings with Malaysian investors and the Bangladesh community separately.
The PM will leave Kuala Lumpur on May 20 and is expected to arrive in Dhaka on May 21.
The premier's entourage includes Commerce Minister Faruk Khan, Adviser to the PM Dr Moshiur Rahman, Executive Chairman of Board of Investment Syed Abdus Samad, Ambassador-at-Large M Ziauddin, Imran Ahmad, MP, PM's Principal Secretary M A Karim and Press Secretary Abul Kalam Azad, Foreign Secretary Mijarul Quayes, ERD Secretary Mohammad Mosharraf Hossain Bhuiyan.

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