On the morning of Monday, April 25, 2022, Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Mary of Denmark accompanied by the Minister for Development Cooperation, Mr. Flemming Møller Mortensen, arrived in Dhaka, Bangladesh for a three-day visit. According to the Danish royal court, the purpose is to strengthen ties between the two countries as well as a focus on “…nature-based solutions and biodiversity in Bangladesh.”
Upon her arrival at the airport, the Crown Princess Mary was warmly welcomed by various government officials. Thereafter, the crown princess and Mr. Mortensen attended a reception hosted by the Prime Minister of Bangladesh, Her Excellency Sheikh Hasina. During the reception, the crown princess received a medal that marks 50 years of cooperation between Denmark and Bangladesh.
After the reception, Crown Princess Mary witnessed a green framework signing agreement between the Foreign Minister of Bangladesh, His Excellency Abdul Momen, and the Minister for Development Cooperation, Mr. Flemming Møller Mortensen. The focus of the agreement is the “…Danish-Bangladeshi co-operation, which in the coming years will move from traditional development co-operation to a trade-borne co-operation with a focus on the green transition…” according to a press release.
In the afternoon, Crown Princess Mary and Mr. Mortensen attended a luncheon with various representatives from Danish companies based in Bangladesh. During the lunch, the crown princess learned the “…work of Danish companies in Bangladesh, which is a changing country with many opportunities for especially Danish green solutions.”
Tomorrow, Crown Princess Mary will visit the Cox’s Bazar district where roughly 700,000 Rohingya refugees from Myanmar have sought refuge in more than 30 camps. The Danish Refugee Council, which the crown princess is Patron of, will inform her and Mr. Mortensen about the work they are doing in the area.