Japanese DPM arrives May 3
Deputy Prime Minister of Japan, Katsuya Okada, will pay a two-day official visit to Bangladesh on May 3-4.
During his visit, he will hold full range of bilateral discussion with the top ruling party and opposition leaders.
Foreign ministry sources said this will be his first visit to Bangladesh.
Sources said Katsuya Okada will call on Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and official meeting with Foreign Minister Dipu Moni. He will also meet with Leader of the Opposition Khaleda Zia.
Although Bangladesh has no such pending issue with Japan, but will request for Japan's renewed commitment to funding for Padma bridge, construction of metro rail and allow more duty-free access of Bangladeshi products in Japan market, officials said.
Despite global economic crisis and devastating tsunami and earthquake, Japan increased its official development assistance (ODA) to Bangladesh from US $400 to US $600 this year, foreign ministry sources said.