The Sorry Saga of Bhutan's North

The Sorry Saga of Bhutan's North
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Monday, December 31, 2012

Robert Blake arrives today

Diplomatic Correspondent

US Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs, Robert O Blake will arrive here today on a four-day official visit to discuss bilateral and regional issues on labour, development, governance and trade.

He will meet Bangladeshi officials, civil society leaders, and private sector representatives, said a media note of the US state department.

Blake will attend the four-day South Asia Women's Entrepreneurship Symposium. The US Department of State will host the event in support of the New Silk Road vision for enhancing regional economic integration and advancing economic growth, peace, and stability, by empowering women through entrepreneurship and trade.

The symposium will address the challenges and opportunities faced by women-owned small and medium enterprises and create cross-border linkages between women entrepreneurs and leaders throughout South Asia.

Melanne S Verveer, US ambassador at large for Global Women's Issues, will also visit Bangladesh to speak at the symposium.

Blake will record an episode of the television programme “A Conversation with Bangladesh.”

He is scheduled to leave Dhaka for Bhutan on December 11.

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