PM to visit Rome from July 24-26
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is scheduled to visit Rome, Italy to attend the UN Food Systems Summit from July 24-26, said Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen yesterday.
During this visit, two Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) -- "Cooperation in the Field of Energy" and "Cultural Exchange Programme" are likely to be signed between Bangladesh and Italy, Momen said at a press briefing at the foreign ministry.
Hasina will leave Dhaka for Rome on Sunday to attend the "United Nations Food Systems +2 Stocktaking Moment" (UNFSS+2) conference at the invitation of the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.
The UNFSS+2 conference will be held at the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) headquarters in Rome with the theme "Sustainable Food Systems for People, Planet and Prosperity: Diverse Pathways in a Shared Journey".
The foreign minister said, "The prime minister will address the official opening of the conference as the special guest speaker."
After the opening ceremony, the PM will participate in the plenary session titled "Food Systems and Climate Action".
In the evening, the premier will attend the "Regional Envoys Conference" with Bangladesh ambassadors stationed in 15 European countries.
On July 25, Hasina is scheduled to hold a bilateral meeting with her Italian counterpart Giorgia Meloni.
Besides, the executive heads of Rome-based international organisations- Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), International Fund of Agricultural Development (IFAD) and World Food Program (WFP) will pay courtesy calls on Hasina.
FM Momen, Agriculture Minister Dr Muhammad Abdur Razzaque, Food Minister Sadhan Chandra Majumder, members of parliament, and government high officials will join the "UNFSS+2" as the prime minister's entourage.
The premier will leave Rome for home on July 26.
UNFSS+2 is commencing with the aim of reviewing the progress of the implementation of the recommendations adopted at the "United Nations Food Systems Summit" held on September 23, 2021.
During the 2021 UN Food Systems Summit, PM Hasina joined virtually and proposed five-point recommendations.