During the ongoing State Visit to Bangladesh, His Majesty the King visited Padma Bridge, and a Special Economic Zone (SEZ) in Araihazar, Narayanganj in Bangladesh yesterday. His Majesty will be travelling to Kurigram in the northern part of Bangladesh tomorrow to view the site identified for the development of an SEZ for Bhutan. His Majesty will then travel to Gelephu by land via India.

Padma Bridge is a two-level road-rail bridge across Padma River, considered the most challenging construction project in history of Bangladesh.  The bridge, which was inaugurated in 2022 by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, is considered among the achievements of Bangladesh’s infrastructure development.

His Majesty also visited a Special Economic Zone in Araihazar, Narayanganj. The SEZ was developed by the governments of Bangladesh and Japan. The Ambassador of Japan to Bangladesh and the executive chairman of the Bangladesh Economic Zone Authority received His Majesty The King. His Majesty met with the Japanese developers and BEZA authorities, and visited one of the factories being established in the facility for Singer Bangladesh – a multinational electronics and home appliance firm with majority shares owned by Turkish conglomerate Arçelik.

Later in the evening, His Majesty granted Audiences to the executive chairman of BEZA, and business leaders in Bangladesh.