The 63rd Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference (CPC) hosted by Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) Bangladesh Branch and the Parliament of Bangladesh, took place at the Bangabandhu International Conference Centre (BICC) in Dhaka from November 1 to 8.
The annual flagship event with the theme: Continuing to enhance the high standards of performance of parliamentarians, brought together over 56 national and provincial speakers, 23 deputy speakers and 500 parliamentarians from across the Commonwealth.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurated the conference at South Plaza of the Bangladesh National Parliament on 5 November. Speaker of Bangladesh Jatiya Sangsad and also the chairperson of (CPA) Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury delivered the welcome speech.
Delegates highly praised Bangladesh for giving shelter to the Rohingya people from Myanmar’s Rakhine state. The delegates have said that Bangladesh has set a humanitarian example by providing shelter to the displaced Rohingyas. The CPA urged the Myanmar government to stop the violence and practice of ethnic cleansing in the Rakhine state ‘immediately, unconditionally, and indefinitely’ and to ensure the sustainable return of all the displaced Rohingyas sheltered in Bangladesh.
Centre for Research and Information (CRI), a leading policy research organization in Bangladesh, was present in the conference. CRI displayed some selected publications on progress and sectoral development achieved by Bangladesh and the success stories of youth-led initiatives at the assembly venue at BICC. The international delegates and other visitors collected the publications, interacted with the CRI staff members and showed keen interest regarding CRI initiatives. CRI also arranged visual display of youth initiatives at its stall.