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63rd CPA conference in city Nov 1-8

DHAKA, Sept 19, 2017 (BSS) - Bangladesh Jatiya Sangsad (JS) Speaker and Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) Chairperson Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury today said all preparations are going on to hold the 63rd CPA conference here from November 1 to 8.

"The upcoming CPA conference will play a vital role in enhancing parliamentary democracy and establishing good governance in the commonwealth countries," she told a press conference at the JS Media Center in the city.

CPA Secretary General Akbar Khan and Chief Whip ASM Feroz were present in the press conference marking the CPA conference.

The 63rd CPA, themed 'Continuing to enhance the high standards of performance of parliamentarians' is one of the largest annual gatherings of commonwealth parliamentarians.

The gathering will see participation of over 600 foreign delegates, including speakers and deputy speakers of commonwealth countries.

Representatives from the United Nations and other international agencies will also be invited to attend the annual conference.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, also the Vice Patron of the commonwealth parliamentary conference, will inaugurate the conference on November 5 at South Plaza of the parliament.

Speaker and CPA Chairperson Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury will chair the inaugural function.

Besides, Deputy Speaker Md Fazle Rabbi Mia will lead the Bangladeshi parliamentarians.

The conference will be critical for the CPA as members will elect their new chairperson for a three year term.

Responding to a query, Speaker Shirin Sharmin said the Rohingya issue is not on the agenda of CPA conference, but it can be discussed at a scheduled workshop focused on nationalism.

CPA Secretary General Akbar Khan told the press conference that he is confident that someone will raise the humanitarian issue of Rohingyas at the conference.

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