President Abdul Hamid has left Dhaka for Kazakhstan to attend the First Summit of OIC on Science and Technology to be held in Astana on September 10-11.
A VVIP flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines carrying the President and his entourage took off from Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport at 2:45 pm on Saturday.
Agriculture Minister Matia Chowdhury, Commerce Minister Tofail Ahmed, Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali, Cabinet Secretary Mohammad Shafiul Alam, Senior Secretary to the Prime Minister's office Suriya Begum, and high civil and military officials saw him off at the airport.
The delegation led by the President to the summit includes the officials from the Office of the President, Foreign Affairs and Science and Technology ministries.
The summit is expected to discuss and adopt the OIC Ten Year Action Plan on Science and Technology 'OIC STI Agenda 2026', reports UNB.
President Hamid will make a statement at the summit where he will call for creating a new story of development for the wellbeing of the Muslim Ummah through active cooperation in science and technology.
He will emphasise that the contributions of the member states individually, jointly or collectively to science and technology would enhance the image of the Muslims, embolden their position in the world and give them due respect in global debate and discourse while improving the conditions of the Ummah.
The President will also share the initiatives, programmes and success stories of the Bangladesh government with the OIC member states in many areas of science and technology and give invaluable guidance to the OIC with his recommendations.
During the visit, he is expected to have bilateral talks with his Kazakh counterpart and some of the counterparts from the participating member states if time permits.
President Hamid is expected to return home on September 12.