Hasina leaves for London to attend Girls’ Summit

Will have talks with Cameron on sidelines

New Age Online

The prime minister Sheikh Hasina left Dhaka for London this (Today) morning on a three-day official tour to attend the first-ever ‘Girl Summit’ and hold talks with her British counterpart David William Donald Cameroon, reported the United News of Bangladesh.
A VVIP flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines carrying the PM and her entourage departed from Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport at 9:45 am.
The PM is leading a 57-member Bangladesh delegation to the summit being hosted jointly by the British government and the Unicef.
Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali and State Minister for Women and Children Affairs Meher Afroze Chumki are, among others, in the Bangladesh delegation.
The summit is aimed at mobilizing domestic and international efforts to end female genital mutilation and child, early and forced marriage within a generation.
Prime minister Sheikh Hasina will be holding talks with British prime minister David Cameron on Tuesday on the sidelines of the ‘Girl’s Summit-2014.’
The Hasina-Cameron talks will be held at 10 Downing Street when the two leaders would discuss matters of mutual interests.
Our special correspondent adds: Foreign minister AH Mahmood Ali did not tell in details about specific issues the two leaders are expected to focus on.
‘The bilateral meeting with the British prime minister is extremely significant,’ he told in a press briefing at the foreign ministry yesterday (Sunday) morning.
Ali said about 80,000 people are employed in about 12,000 restaurants in Britain whose annual turnover is more than 4 billion pound sterling. The expatriate Bangladeshis send nearly one billion dollar in remittance to Bangladesh annually.
Britain contributed US$ 15 million to garment reform projects undertaken by ILO and the Bangladesh government.
Representatives of 53 countries will be attending the summit aimed at ensuring rights and welfare of the girls across the world.
A statistics of the UN and the government says, 32.5 per cent girls of Bangladesh aged between 15 and 18 are getting married before attaining 18 years of age. The government enacted National Child Policy 2011 and Child Act 2013 discouraged child marriage and ensured security of the victims of the child marriage.



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