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10 February, 2018 00:00 00 AM
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PM leaves for Rome tomorrow to attend IFAD meeting

UNB

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina leaves Dhaka for Rome on Sunday morning on a four-day official visit to join the upcoming meeting of Rome-based International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)as one of its keynote speakers at the invitation of IFAD President Gilbert F Houngbo, reports UNB.

The Prime Minister will present the keynote paper at the meeting on February 13. She will leave Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport around 9:55 am by an Emirates flight and reach Fiumicino Airport, Rome around 6:45 pm(local time).

 Sheikh Hasina will be taken to Parco Dei Principi Grand Hotel in Rome where she will be staying during her visit.

Finance Minister AMA Muhith, Agriculture Minister Matia Chowdhury and Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali will accompany the Prime Minister. On Monday morning, the Prime Minister will go to the Vatican City where she will be given audience by Pope Francis after guard of honour there.

She will also hold a meeting with Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin and visit Sistine Chapel and Saint Peter's Basilica. In the evening, Hasina will join dinner to be hosted by the Bangladesh Ambassador in Rome.

On February 13, the Prime Minister will attend the inaugural session of the Governing Council of IFAD and deliver her keynote paper. Later, she will attend lunch to be hosted by IFAD President in honour of keynote speakers. In the evening, she will join a community reception arranged by the local unit of Awami League.

The theme of this year's IFAD council is 'From fragility to long-term resilience: Investing in sustainable rural economies.'

The Prime Minister will leave Rome on the afternoon of February 14 and reach Dhaka on February 15 morning.

The governing Council of IFAD is the Fund's principal Governing Body having full decision-making powers.

It consists of all of IFAD's Member States and meets annually. It is attended by the official Member State representatives. Observers are also invited to attend sessions.

IFAD has more than 30 years of experience working in Bangladesh.

The Rome-based organisation has been implementing various development projects in Bangladesh over the last 30 years for poverty reduction and improving food and nutrition standard of people here.

IFAD has so far provided $782 million assistance to different development projects in Bangladesh as grants and soft loan to this end.

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