Celebration of Swiss-Bangladesh friendship

Press release, 12.12.2019

The Embassy of Switzerland hosted the “Swiss Night” on 12 December 2019 in Dhaka, a gala event to celebrate the longstanding friendship between Switzerland and Bangladesh. Senior government officials, international and development partners, the business community, members of the civil society and media, cultural actors, as well as Swiss citizens living in Bangladesh attended the event.

Swiss Embassy Award 2019
Swiss Embassy Award 2019 © Embassy of Switzerland in Bangladesh

Welcoming the guests, the Ambassador of Switzerland to Bangladesh, Dr. René Holenstein, underscored the importance of the two countries working closely together to generate new ideas and approaches in order to tackle present and future challenges. Mr. Kamrul Ahsan, Secretary-Bilateral (Europe, Africa & Americas) & Consular, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Bangladesh, graced the event as the Chief Guest. The renowned academic and author, Dr. Muhammed Zafar Iqbal, attended the event as the Special Guest. Both of them placed emphasis on the importance to further strengthen the deep and multifaceted bilateral relations that exist between Switzerland and Bangladesh.

The announcement of the winner of the “Swiss Embassy Award 2019” was a major attraction of the evening. This year’s award was conferred to the Human Rights Forum Bangladesh, in recognition of its contribution to the defense and promotion of human rights. Ms. Sheepa Hafiza, Barrister Sara Hossian and Mr. Zakir Hossian received the award from the Swiss Embassy on behalf of the forum.   

The guests also enjoyed various traditional Swiss delicacies as well as a memorable live music performance by the popular Bangladeshi musician Drockstar Shuvo. The event was organized in cooperation with a number of business partners, including KUEHNE + NAGEL Ltd, LafargeHolcim Bangladesh Ltd and Novartis (Bangladesh) Ltd.