Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina left Dhaka for Myanmar today on a two-day visit to attend the third summit of the Bimstec (Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation).
A flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines carrying the PM and her entourage departed from Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport around 8:00am.
Cabinet members and civil and military high officials saw her off at the airport.
After her arrival at Nay Pyi Taw, the premier will meet Myanmar President Thein Sein at the Presidential Palace and Speaker Shwe Mann at his Parliament office.
She will also meet National League for Democracy chairman Nobel Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi.
Later, Hasina will attend a gala dinner to be hosted by Myanmar President Thein Sein at the Myanmar International Convention Center II (MICCII).
On Tuesday, Hasina will join a group photo session and the opening ceremony where Thein Sein will deliver the address of welcome.
A short video clip will be screened on the occasion, which will be followed by a cultural programme. Hasina may also deliver a statement there.
The PM will witness the signing of MoAs, MoUs, proceed with the 3rd summit, and attend the closing of the summit, followed by a joint press conference for the heads of state and government.
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.
Hasina may also have some bilateral meetings at the Conference Centre and at her place of residence before leaving for Nay Pyi Taw International Airport on Tuesday evening on her way back to Dhaka.
On the sidelines of the summit, she will hold bilateral meetings with her counterparts of the Bimstec member countries, including from India, Myanmar, Nepal and Bhutan.
Following the summit, the Bimstec permanent secretariat is expected to be functional in Dhaka.
Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Myanmar and Thailand are the members of the Bimstec.