Executive Secretary of Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Organisation (CTBTO) Lassina Zerbo will arrive in Dhaka today afternoon on a three-day official visit. This will be his first-ever visit to Bangladesh after his taking over office on August 1, 2013, a foreign ministry official said.
Lassina Zerbo has been serving in CTBTO for another four-year term since his re-appointment in November 2016.
The CTBTO executive secretary will start his visit through paying tribute to Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman at Bangabandhu Memorial Museum in the capital. During the visit, he will hold a bilateral meeting with Ministry of Science and Technology secretary Md Anwar Hossain and Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali.
He will deliver a lecture at a seminar scheduled to be held at the Bangladesh Institute of International and Strategic Studies (BIISS) on the importance of nuclear test ban.
On March 8, 2000, Bangladesh deposited its instrument of ratification of the CTBT as the fifty-fourth State signatory out of 167 with the then Secretary-General of the United Nations. Bangladesh is contributing one auxiliary seismic station, situated in Chattogram, to the international network of monitoring facilities that the Preparatory Commission for the (CTBTO PrepCom) is establishing or upgrading to verify compliance with the Treaty.
Under the CTBT, an international monitoring system (IMS) of 321 stations, using four complementary technologies, is being established to record data necessary to verify compliance with the Treaty.
These data and other IDC products will be made available to the signatory States for final analysis.