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Afro-Asian leaders discuss strategies to accelerate economic growth
Published : Friday, 24 April, 2015,  Time : 12:00 AM,  View Count : 13

Jakarta, Apr 23: Afro-Asian leaders in the fourth plenary session on the second day of the Asian African Summit here on Thursday discussed strategies to overcome common challenges and accelerate the pace of economic development in both continents through stronger South-South cooperation.
Officials said the Summit is expected to conclude with three outcomes, namely the Bandung Message, the reinvigoration of the NAASP and the declaration on Asian and African nations support for Palestine.
Prime Minister of Bangladesh Sheikh Hasina and Prime Minister of Egypt Ibrahim Mehbub were the co-chairs of the fourth plenary session.
President of the House of Representative of Libya Akila Saleh Eissa, Vice President of the Philippines Jejomar C Binay, Minister of Communication and Multimedia of Malaysia Shabery Cheek, Adviser to the Prime Minister on National Security and Foreign Affairs of Pakistan Sartaj Aziz and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Nigeria Aminu Bashir Wali, among others, took part in the discussion.
The three-day Summit began here Wednesday to explore new ideas for building a solid foundation to nurture relations between the two continents, development and resolve global issues.
President of Indonesia Joko Widodo inaugurated the Summit at Jakarta Convention Center where 34 Heads of States, delegates from 105 Asian and African countries, 15 observer countries, and 17 international organizations are taking part.
Later today Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is scheduled to have bilateral talks with Indonesian President, Prime Ministers of Palestine and Nepal.
Last night Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina attended the gala dinner hosted by Indonesian President Joko Widodo and First Lady Irina Widodo at Istana Merdeka Palace in honour of the Summit leaders and delegates.
The dinner commenced with a collection of traditional Indonesian dance and musical performances.
Prime Minister was scheduled to leave Jakarta for home this afternoon by a special flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines. ?BSS

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