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Dhaka to host Int'l conference of Cultural Diversity Ministerial Forum of the Asia-Pacific Region
DHAKA, April 11 (BSS) - The international conference of the Cultural Diversity Ministerial Forum of the Asia-Pacific Region will be held in Dhaka on May 9-11.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is expected to inaugurate the conference to be held at the Bangabandhu International Conference Centre (BICC), said a press release.

The organizing committee held a meeting yesterday to review the overall preparation of the conference. Convener of the committee and finance minister AMA Muhith presided over the meeting at the NEC conference room.

A total of 43 countries have been invited to join the conference and 32 countries have so far confirmed their participation in the 3-day event, it said.

As the host country, Bangladesh will provide air ticket to a representative of 22 least developed countries each.

These countries are Afghanistan, Bhutan, Mongolia, Maldives, Laos, Fiji, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, Niue, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Turkmenistan, Nepal, Cook Islands, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Palau, Timor Leste, Vanuatu and Nauru.

The budget for the conference has been estimate at Taka 35,580,000.

The culture and tradition of the Asia-Pacific region will be highlighted in the conference. Culture and tradition of Bangalese and other ethnic groups living in Bangladesh will prominently be featured in the conference that would help raise the country's image abroad.

Information and Cultural Affairs Minister Abul Kalam Azad, Civil Aviation and Tourism Minister Mohammad Faruk Khan, Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid, State Minister for Cultural Affairs Promod Mankin, cabinet secretary Mohammad Musharraf Hossain Bhuiyan, among others, were present at the meeting.
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