Momen: the Prime Minister’s visit to France to strengthen Dhaka-Paris relations

Prime Minister to hold bilateral talks with French President

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will pay a visit to Paris, France, November 9-13, which Dhaka says will be very “broad and engaging” and take relations between the two countries to a higher level.

She will have bilateral meetings with French President Emmanuel Macron and Prime Minister Jean Castex separately during the visit.

“The French President and the Prime Minister have invited our Prime Minister to visit France,” Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen said on Saturday at a press conference at the Foreign Ministry.

The Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Md Shahriar Alam, declared that the engagement of the Prime Minister in Paris will be very broad and that she will receive a guard of honor in three places.

He said that many French companies are keen to invest in Bangladesh and there is interest from both sides to boost exports and imports to strengthen trade relations.

Shahriar highlighted the growing relations between Bangladesh and European countries, noting that there have been bilateral visits to Italy, Germany and Mexico in the recent past.


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Unesco’s 75th anniversary has further increased the importance of the Prime Minister’s visit to Paris, said the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs.

Asked about bilateral documents likely to be signed during the visit, the minister of state said he did not want to comment on this at the moment as they are still working on these issues. “You know the negotiation continues even at the last moment, let’s wait a bit.”

Dr Momen said French ministers and lawmakers will likely meet with the prime minister during his visit.

He said that business leaders from many French companies and a delegation from MEDEF (the Mouvement des entreprises de France, or Mouvement des entreprises de France, is the largest employers’ federation in France) wish to meet with the Prime Minister.

“We expect the visit to take relations to a higher level,” Dr Momen said, adding that a memorandum of understanding and letter of intent should be signed to this end.

Unesco-Bangabandhu Prize

The Foreign Minister said Prime Minister Hasina is expected to present the “Unesco-Bangladesh Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman International Prize for the Creative Economy” to the winner on November 11.

He said: “It is a matter of pride for the whole nation.”

Unesco hosts the program and the award is fully managed and administered by Unesco.

The Unesco-Bangladesh Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman International Prize for the Creative Economy will create a knowledge-sharing mechanism by capturing, celebrating and communicating best practices in the development of creative entrepreneurship, according to Unesco documents.

The objectives of the award are in line with strategic objective 8 of Unesco’s Medium-Term Strategy for 2014-2021 and the 2005 Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions.

The award will help spread Bangabandhu’s ideology to the world with increased internationalization of his work, life and achievements, Dhaka said.


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Dr Momen said: “Bangladesh and Bangabandhu are one, which is reflected in the name of the award. This award will play a role in branding Bangladesh and strengthening its image globally.

It will be a proud moment for every Bangladeshi, said Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Shahriar Alam.

On November 11, the Prime Minister is expected to participate in a high-level Paris Peace Forum at the invitation of Pascal Lamy who was Director General of the World Trade Organization from September 1, 2005 to September 1, 2013 for 8 years and former Minister of France.

On November 12, the Prime Minister is expected to attend a high-level meeting marking the 75th anniversary of Unesco’s birth where she will highlight Bangladesh’s achievements outside of its plan to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.

The Prime Minister is also expected to have a bilateral meeting with the Director General of Unesco Audrey Azoulay

Unesco’s General Conference, which takes place in Paris from November 9 to 24, will mark the organization’s 75th anniversary. Several important decisions are expected from the 193 Member States of UNESCO, in particular on cultural heritage, on global education policy, on the ethics surrounding technology and the vital need for greater openness around scientific research. .

A special ceremony will be organized and broadcast live from Unesco headquarters in Paris on November 12 to celebrate the organization’s 75th anniversary. Heads of State, including Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, will be present as well as internationally renowned artists.


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The General Conference will elect the President of the General Conference as well as the Director General of the Organization on November 9.

The Organization’s Executive Board proposed the renewal of Audrey Azoulay’s mandate at a meeting in October 2021. On the occasion of the General Conference, she will present her vision for the future of Unesco.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will leave here for the UK on Sunday to attend COP26 and other bilateral meetings.

She will travel to Paris after completing her visit to Glasgow and London.

The Prime Minister will address the key segment of COP26 on November 1 hosted by the UK in Glasgow.


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