Visiting Asia-Pacific Regional Director of UNFPA Bjorn Anderson has called on Jatiya Sangsad Speaker and CPA Executive Committee Chairperson Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury at her office in Bangabandhu International Conference Center in the city
During the meeting, they discussed issues related to bilateral interests. The speaker apprised the director of the UNFPA about the 63rd CPA conference.
She said that Bangladesh Jatiya Sangsad is working jointly with the UNFPA to reduce child marriage, maternal and child mortality. Dr Chaudhury said that MPs are playing a role in preventing child marriage in their respective areas.
Shirin Sharmin also apprised the director that she encouraged the members of the parliament to come forward to resolve the problems of their constituencies.
The Speaker said that the Bangladesh has consistently been growing for more than 7 per cent growth for the last few years. She said, under the strong and dynamic leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Bangladesh is working to make a middle-income country as a developed one.
Dr Shirin Sharmin said that the UNFPA could work closely with Bangladesh Jatiya Sangsad on human rights and health issues.
Bjorn Anderson said the UNFPA has been supporting the development of Bangladesh for a long time. He expressed hope that the future of cooperation will be further enhanced.
He said that due to the dynamic leadership of Bangladesh, rapid progress has been made on the socio-economic issue. "If you can ensure the participation of the society in health education issues, achieving the desired goal will be quick and fruitful." The UNFPA observed.
He informed the Speaker that the UNFPA has taken some projects to provide Rohingya's health education.
Later, the deputy president of the Australian Senate and the Committee President Suuen Lions also called on Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury.
Sue Lions informed the speaker about the Australian Senate and its activities. Although, he said, Australia was a Commonwealth member, but the Senate was long outside the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association. Through the 63rd CPA conference, they are going to be members of the CPA.
The speaker expressed satisfaction over the news of the Australian Senate being a member of the CPA through this conference.