Thailand’s Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn. Photo: Collected/UNB
Thailand’s Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn arrives here on Monday on a four-day royal visit at the invitation of Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali.
The Princess will lead an 11-member high profile Thai government delegation to visit philanthropy projects she set up in Bangladesh in 2011 under her father, late King Bhumibols’s Royal Chai Pattana Foundation, reports UNB.
State Minister for Foreign Affairs M Shahriar Alam will receive and welcome the Thai Princess at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport on her arrival in the afternoon.
During her four-day visit to Bangladesh, the Princess is scheduled to call on Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali and exchange views with Agriculture Minister Matia Chowdhury and Culture Minister Asaduzzaman Noor MP and other dignitaries.
The princess is also scheduled to visit various ongoing royal projects in Bangladesh, under the Royal Chaipattana Foundation including public health and sanitation projects for school children, sustainable agriculture projects for farmers in Bangladesh and the Sufficiency Economy Learning Centre at the Bangladesh Agriculture Development Corporation all under the Sufficiency Economy Philosophy pioneered by her late father King Bhumibol.
During the visit, the Thai Princess is also scheduled to inaugurate a new environmental conservation project in collaboration with the Environment and Forest Ministry of Bangladesh, titled “Bangladesh-Thailand Vetiver Grass Development Project to prevent hill erosion in Chottogram” on May 30 at the Tiger Pass in Chottogram City.
Terming this visit as a ‘highest profile visit’ from Thailand during the past years, Bangladesh Ambassador to Thailand, Saida Muna Tasneem said the visit to Bangladesh by the globally acclaimed philanthropist Sirindhorn, affectionately called the ‘Angel Princess” in Thailand in response to the invitation of Bangladesh’s Foreign Minister, is an attestation of the special attachment and dispensation of Thailand’s Royal family towards Bangladesh and the welfare of its common people.
She said it is also a significant milestone in the bilateral relations between the two Bay of Bengal countries.
Ambassador Muna also mentioned that Princess Sirindhorn, who had earlier praised Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s extraordinary successes in girl’s education, food self-sufficiency and addressing climate change, is keen to work with the UNEP ‘Champions of the Earth’ winning Prime Minister and her Government on environmental and hills conservation projects in country’s South-Eastern Hill Districts in Chottogram.
During her four-day stay in Bangladesh, the Thai Princess is also scheduled to visit the Liberation War Museum in Dhaka, the Ethnological Origins Museum in Chottogram and meet with autistic and special children at the Proyash Institute of Special Education in Dhaka Cantonment, meet with children and farmers visit at the Azampur Government Primary School, Uttara, Mariali Government Primary School, Gazipur and Bangladesh Agricultural Development Corporation in Dhaka.
She will attend a dinner to be hosted by Foreign Minister Ali in her honour.