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Several bilateral agreements are expected to be signed during Lyonchhen’s maiden state visit to Bangladesh

Prime Minister Dr. LotayTshering arrived in Dhaka, Bangladesh yesterday morning on a four-day state visit upon the invitation of Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to foster trade and cooperation in health sector between the two countries.

Lyonchhen was welcomed to Bangladesh by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at the VVIP terminal of HazratShahjalal International Airport in Dhaka yesterday morning. A child also presented Lyonchhen a bouquet.

Accompanied by the Bangladesh Prime Minister, Lyonchhen then proceeded towards a makeshift ‘Saluting Dais’ where he was given the guard of honor and state salute by a smartly dressed contingent drawn from the Bangladesh army, navy, and air force.

The national anthems of both the countries were also played to mark the occasion and Lyonchhen, after the ceremony was taken in a motorcade to the Intercontinental Hotel Dhaka — where Lyonchhen and his entourage will stay during the visit.

After arrival in Dhaka, Lyonchhen visited the National Martyrs’ Memorial – the national monument of Bangladesh, set up in the memory of the lives lost during the Bangladesh Liberation War of 1971.

At the Memorial, Lyonchhen offered his prayers for the soldiers who lost their lives during the war. Lyonchhen and AumUgyen Dem, the spouse of Lyonchhen, also planted a sapling at the site.

Prime Minister Dr. LotayTshering also visited the Bangabandhu Memorial Museum, which was the residence of Bangabandhau Sheikh MujiburRahaman, Father of the Nation and the first President of Bangladesh.

At the Bangabandhu Memorial Museum, Lyonchhen laid the wreath and paid tribute to Bangabandhau Sheikh MujiburRahaman who founded Bangladesh.

And in the afternoon yesterday, Lyonchhen visited the BIMSTEC (Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation) Secretariat in Dhaka. At the meeting, Lyonchhen reassured Bhutan’s commitments in strengthening BIMSTEC.

Yesterday afternoon, Lyonchhen also visited the Bangladesh College of Physicians and Surgeons (BCPS) – the pioneer in developing post-graduate medical education in Bangladesh and established by a Presidential Order in June 1972.

Lyonchhen, who also undertook fellowship in General Surgery in BCPS, shared at the event that BCPS gave him the zeal to serve people through the medical profession and that the same mandate made him join politics.

Lyonchhen added that serving people is his ultimate motive and thanked BCPS for invigorating the essence of health in his life.

In the evening yesterday, Lyonchhen was called on by (Dr) A. K. Abdul Momen, the Foreign Minister of Bangladesh.

Later in the evening, Lyonchhen  attended the International ERP (Engage, Reflect, Plan of Action) meeting between the Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI) and the business delegation from Bhutan.

At the event, Lyonchhen said the bedrock of a strong foundation is people-to-people connection and shared that for Bangladesh and Bhutan to bond and collaborate, people-to-people contact must be strengthened.

He informed that Bhutan is a potential investment spectra due to the political stability, green energy, low corruption index and other enabling factors.

He urged the FBCCI and the business delegation from Bhutan to interact and discuss areas of cooperation and highlighted that the government will render full support at the policy level to assist and facilitate private sector growth in the country.

At the event, a Memorandum of Understanding on formulating a joint business council between FBCCI and Bhutan Chamber of Commerce & Industry was also signed

Meanwhile, Lyonchhen will today attend a bilateral meeting with the Bangladesh counterpart at the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO). During the meeting, a number of bilateral agreements are expected to be signed between the two countries mainly for cooperation on inland waterways for cargo transportation, in health and agriculture sectors, and between the Public Administration Training Centers of the two countries among others. 

Lyonchhen is also scheduled to meet President Abdul Hamid of Bangladesh at the Bangabhaban today evening, and after that attend a banquet to be hosted by the Bangladesh Prime Minister at the Hotel Pan Pacific Sonargaon.

And on Sunday, which is also the first day of Bangla calendar, Lyonchhen is scheduled to a New Year’s celebration cultural function to be organized by Surer Dhara at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre.

Lyonchhen is, meanwhile, accompanied by Lyonpo Dr. Tandi Dorji, Minister for Foreign Affairs, LyonpoDechenWangmo, Health Minister, senior officials of the Royal Government, and the Bhutanese business delegation.

According to the press release from the foreign affairs ministry, the visit, in keeping with the tradition of the regular exchange of high-level visits between Bhutan and Bangladesh, would contribute to further strengthening the excellent relations between the two countries.The Prime Minister and his delegation will be back in the country on Monday.

Tshering from Thimphu

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