The 63rd conference of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) will formally begin today.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will inaugurate the Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference at 10:30am at the South Plaza of Jatiya Sangsad (parliament).
The CPA, in association with Bangladesh Jatiya Sangsad, is organising the conference with the theme ‘Continuing to Enhance the High Standards of Performance of Parliamentarians’.
Some 500 members of parliament (MPs) from 180 national and provincial assemblies of 52 countries are expected to participate in the annual conference.
Although the event kicked off on November 1, no meeting was held on the first day of the eight-day conference.
It held some closed-door meetings of Small Branches of the CPA-listed countries, which have below 5 lakh population, from the second day.
There are 43 small branches in CPA.
During the meetings, CPA Small Branches stressed on the need for encouraging the youth community in active politics, role of parliament in fighting corruption and addressing the adverse impact of climate change.
The meetings also made some recommendations to address the problems of these countries.
All the recommendations will be placed before the meeting of the CPA executive committee.
After its formal inauguration, Bangladesh foreign minister Abul Hassan Mahmud Ali will apprise of the parliamentarians about the country’s Rohingya crisis and ways for resolving the issue at a meeting at 3:00pm.
Through the meeting, Bangladesh will try to drum up opinions of the world community to create pressure on Myanmar for sending back Rohingyas from Bangladesh.
Besides, eight workshops on a wide range of topics, including the role of parliamentarians in building stronger ties within Commonwealth, giving voice to youths, mechanisms for ensuring effective participation of youths in the governance process and how can CPA members work with their own governments in ensuring that the SDG goals have a proper gender lens to ensure success in the areas of alleviating poverty and women’s empowerment will also be held during the conference that will conclude on November 8.
Bangladesh Speaker and CPA chairperson Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury on Friday said that any member state, on behalf of Bangladesh, can also place the Rohingya issue during eight-day seminar.
The Speaker said efforts are being made so that the lawmakers across the globe may drum up public opinions against the Myanmar atrocities in their respective parliaments.
“We want to send back the fleeing Rohingyas to Myanmar. The government has also been pursuing diplomatic efforts to win support of the global community to resolve the crisis,” she said.
Bangladesh already urged the United Nations (UN) and the international community to put strong diplomatic pressure on Myanmar government in taking back Rohingyas, ensuring their safe accommodation within Myanmar with citizenship rights and immediately stopping the atrocities on Rohingyas.
Dhaka is hosting the second such mega event this year after it successfully hosted the 136th Inter-Parliamentary Union Assembly in April last.
Bangladesh Jatiya Sangsad Speaker and CPA executive committee chairperson Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury said that the conference would elect its new chairperson for a three-year term.
Being a member of the CPA since 1973, Bangladesh parliament has been an active partner in promoting democratic values across the Commonwealth states.