Welcome to Dhaka !

Dhaka is ready to welcome the delegates of 12th International Congress on AIDS in Asia Pacific (ICAAP12) during March 12-14th. The program will be held at the sprawling International Convention City Bashundhara.

The International Congress on AIDS in Asia and the Pacific (ICAAP) is the largest forum on AIDS held in the Asia and the Pacific region. Since the first ICAAP was held in 1990 – almost 25 years ago – the ICAAP has played a critical role in raising public awareness, building political commitment, strengthening advocacy networks and disseminating knowledge and experiences on HIV issues among stakeholders in the region. Government of Bangladesh along with community groups, civil society, key populations and UN agencies are hosting ICAAP12 in Dhaka.

After the political unrest prevailed over 2013 and 2014, the overall law and order situation in Bangladesh is normal now. The economy is also turning around and the growth in all sectors started happening at a steady pace since the beginning of the year 2015.

Bangladesh is a Safe Destination as any other country. Bangladesh has been the host of several international events lately, including the “The 2016 ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup Tournament”, “Dhaka International Trade Fair 2016”, “Dhaka Art Summit 2016”, “The International Conference on Developing Sustainable and Inclusive Buddhist Heritage”, to name a few.

The recent 2016 ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup was an international tournament held in Bangladesh from 22 January to 14 February 2016 (24 days). The day-long matches were held at seven venues in five cities in Bangladesh.

Dhaka Art Summit 2016 is a pioneering initiative for South Asian art that brought together artists, curators, museums, galleries and visitors from across the world to discover institutional quality works in a non-commercial environment.

The International Conference on Developing Sustainable and Inclusive Buddhist Heritage and Pilgrimage Circuits in South Asia’s Buddhist Heartland in Dhaka, Bangladesh held from 27-28 October 2015 brought together a diverse range of actors and stakeholders i.e. government policymakers, civil society, NGOs, community-based organisations, faith-based entities, development partners, academic-research-professional institutions/bodies, relevant UN agencies/organisations and mass media with the aim at securing inclusive and sustainable promotion, protection, conservation and entire development of Buddhist Heritage and Pilgrimage circuits in South Asia’s Buddhist heartland.

As quoted in the website of the government of United Kingdom, “Up to 75,000 British nationals visit Bangladesh every year. Most visits are trouble free.” (https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/bangladesh).

On the occasion of the 45th Victory Day of Bangladesh; Bangladesh Tourism Board launched another campaign among foreigners for “Visit Bangladesh 2016” activation. Honourable Prime Minister Shiekh Hasina has announced 2016 as tourism year under the theme “Visit Bangladesh 2016”. This implies that safety and security of foreign nationals is one of the highest priorities of the state.

The country is safe to visit for the tourists, but it is suggested that they abide by the usual safety precautions that are applicable for any other country as well, as advised by the respective countries.

To understand more, please watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R4WhcPPv7X4

Web: www.icaap2015.org

Facebook: www.facebook.com/icaap12/

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