London, 17 February 2019

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina left Munich last night for Abu Dhabi concluding her three-day official visit to Germany to attend an international security conference. The Premier is scheduled to reach the Abu Dhabi International Airport this morning.

During the visit to the UAE, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will attend the opening session of the International Defence Exhibition (IDEX-2019) at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Center today. The Premier is likely to meet Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed bin Sultan Al-Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and hold bilateral talks with Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of the Emirate of Dubai.

On the sidelines of the 55 edition of the Munich Security Conference, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina addressed a roundtable on ‘Health in Crises – WHO Cares’ and took part in a panel discussion on “Climate Change as a security threat”. International Criminal Court Chief Prosecutor Dr. Fatu Bensouda and Executive Director of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons Nobel laureate Batrice Fihn separately called on Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in Munich.

Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader has said, the ongoing trial for crimes against humanity would continue even if Jamaat-e-Islami, which had opposed Bangladesh’s 1971 independence, seeks apology for their crimes. The Minister said this at a press conference at the Party President’s Dhanmondi political office in Dhaka yesterday.

Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal has further warned of taking tough action against the culprits who are still doing the yaba trading. The Minister made the warn as he was addressing a function marking the surrender of 102 drug peddlers at Teknaf Pilot High School premises in Cox’s Bazar yesterday. The Home Minister in his address asked the remaining active drug traffickers to surrender before the law enforcement agencies as none will go impunity.

Planning Minister M A Mannan has hoped that Bangladesh would be able to reach 9-10 percent growth in a sustainable way in the coming years with further reducing poverty and addressing inequality through utilizing its large human labour force. The Planning Minister expressed the optimism while addressing the inaugural session of the 4th South Asian Network on Economic Modeling Annual Economists’ Conference 2019 at the Brac Center Inn in Dhaka yesterday.

Commerce Minister Tipu Munshi has said, after meeting domestic demand, Bangladesh has a surplus production of 35 metric tons potato this year which would be exported. The Minister said this as he was addressing the annual general meeting of Bangladesh Cold Storage Association in Dhaka yesterday.

Forty-nine MPs in the women reserved seats in the 11th Jatiya Sangsad have unofficially been elected uncontested. Of them, the 43 are from the ruling Awami League, four from Jatiya Party, one from Workers Party and Independent each.

Bangladesh’s Permanent Representative to the UN Masud Bin Momen has said, the government under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is working relentlessly to establish an inclusive and equitable society through addressing inequality. The Envoy said this while addressing the General Debate of the 57th Commission for Social Development at the UN Headquarters in New York on Thursday.

The government would empower 10 million women through the 'Info Lady' or 'Tathya Apa' project as an initiative of Women Empowerment programmes throughout the country. Secretary of Ministry of Women and Children Affairs Ministry Kamrun Nahar said this while addressing the inaugural ceremony of 15-day training course under the 'Tathya Apa' project in Dhaka yesterday.

Press Wing