A high-profile 73-member Bangladesh business delegation, led by Kazi Akramuddin Ahmed, President of the Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FBCCI), left Dhaka for Italy yesterday morn-ing as Prime Minister’s entourage.
Sheikh Hasina flew to the Italian city of Milan in the morning on a four-day visit to attend the 10th summit of the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM).
A VVIP flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines carrying the Prime Minister and her entourage departed Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport at 10:05am.
The FBCCI delegation members include its first vice president Monwara Hakim Ali and vice president Mohammad Helal Uddin.
During the tour, the Bangladesh business delegation will exchange views with local businessmen and entrepre-neurs aiming to boost trade and commerce between Bangladesh and Italy.
The delegation members will also seek more investment for Bangladesh alongside further strengthening the economic and commercial ties between the two countries.
Bangladesh’s major exportable items to Italy are RMG and machinery, agro-products, raw jute and jute-made goods, leather goods, while Bangladesh imports chemical, medical, plastic and vehicle machinery from the European country.
During the tour, Sheikh Hasina will attend the opening ceremony of the ASEM 10. She will deliver her speech at the second plenary session 'Europe - Asia partnership in addressing global matters in an inter-connected world'.
At the same venue, she will have meetings with her Italian, Swedish and Dutch counterparts Mattero Renzi, Stefan Lofven and Mark Rutte.
On October 18, the Prime Minister and her entourage will leave Milan by a VVIP flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines at 10 pm (Italy time) for home and reach Dhaka at 11:50pm.
FBCCI team off to Italy