DHAKA, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is set to leave Dhaka for Dalian on July 1 on a fiveday official visit to China to attend the annual meeting of World Economic Forum (WEF) and hold bilateral meetings with top Chinese leaders.
The meeting titled Annual Meeting of the New Champions 2019, also known as WEF Summer Davos, will take place in Chinese city of Dalian from July 13.
During the visit, the prime minister will hold bilateral talks with her Chinese counterpart Li Keqiang and call on Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing, Prime Minister's Office sources told BSS here today.
A Biman Bangladesh Airlines' special flight (BG1720) carrying the prime minister and her entourage members will depart Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport (HSIA) here in the afternoon on July 1.
The flight is scheduled to land at Dalian Zhoushuizi International Airport, Dalian, Liaoning Province, at 12:25 am (local time) on July 2.
After the reception at the airport, a ceremonial motorcade will escort the premier to ShangriLa Hotel, where she will be staying during the visit to Dalian.
On July 2, the prime minister will attend the inaugural ceremony of the WEF Summer Davos at Dalian International Conference Center in the morning.
The theme of the summit is Leadership 4.0 Succeeding in a New Era of Globalization.
Sheikh Hasina will meet Founder and Executive Chairman of World Economic Forum Klaus Schwab at his office and join a panel discussion on Cooperation in the Pacific Rim Dalian International Conference Centre in the afternoon.
On July 3, the prime minister will leave Dalian for Beijing at 11 am by a special chartered flight to be provided by the Chinese government.
The flight is scheduled to arrive at Beijing Capital International Airport around 12:15 pm the same day.
After the reception at the airport, the prime minister in a ceremonial motorcade will be taken to Diaoyutai State Guest House, where she will be staying during her visit to the Chinese capital.
In the afternoon, the prime minister will join a community reception followed by a dinner at Legendale Hotel, Beijing.
On July 4, Sheikh Hasina will join the welcoming ceremony and place wreaths at the heroes memorial at the Great Hall of the People in the morning.
Later, she will hold bilateral talks with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and attend the agreement signing ceremony at the Great Hall of the People.
The prime minister will join a banquet to be hosted by the Chinese premier at the Great Hall of the People.
Sheikh Hasina will attend a business roundtable with Chinese business leaders at CCPIT in the afternoon the same day.
On July 5, the prime minister is scheduled to deliver a speech at an event organized by a Chinese think tank named Pangoal Institution in the morning.
The CEOs of Chinese companies are expected to call on Sheikh Hasina at her place of residence and will hold a meeting with Chairman of NPC Li Zhangshu.
The prime minister will hold a meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping at Diaoyutai State Guest House in the afternoon.
She will also join a banquet to be hosted by the Chinese president at the same place.
Concluding her China tour, the prime minister will depart Beijing Capital International Airport, China for Dhaka at 11 am local time on July 6 and reach Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport (HSIA) here at 1:35 pm Bangladesh time the same day.
More than 1,800 leaders from government, business, civil society, academia and the arts come together in Dalian next week for the World Economic Forum's Annual Meeting of the New Champions 2019.
The meeting will spur leaders to find new strategic models to adapt to the world's environmental challenges, regional competition, economic disparities and technological disruption.
We are entering into a new phase of globalization which we may call Globalization 4.0. The Fourth Industrial Revolution will shape the next years of global cooperation, said Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum.
In Dalian at our Annual Meeting of the New Champions, we will look for solutions to ensure that our future is humancentred, inclusive, and sustainable, he added.
At the tip of Liaodong Peninsular, Dalian is a trading and financial center in northeastern Asia and has gained the name the 'Hong Kong of Northern China'.
The World Economic Forum (WEF), based in ColognyGeneva, Switzerland, was founded in 1971 as a notforprofit organization. It was granted other international body status in January 2015 by the Swiss Federal Government under the Swiss HostState Act (International Organization status requires multiple governments.
The WEF's mission is cited as committed to improving the state of the world by engaging business, political, academic, and other leaders of society to shape global, regional, and industry agendas.
Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)