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    The Parliament Building.
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    Ahsan Manjil( Residential Palace and Seat of the Dhaka Nawab family)in Sadargaht, Dhaka.
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    Hon’ble Prime Minister of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh addressing in the Parliament Chamber.
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    The Supreme Court building of Bangladesh.
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    National Martyr’s Memorial, Savar, Dhaka.
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    Sixty Dome Mosque, Bagherhat, Bangladesh, An UNESCO World Heritage site.
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    Plucking of tea leaves from a tea garden in the Northeastern district of Bangladesh.
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    The Parliament Chamber.
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sp1 Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury
CPA President

Chairperson of the Executive Committee

Bangladesh Parliament extends a very warm welcome to all the Honourable Speakers, Deputy Speakers, Members of Parliament and distinguished Delegates to Bangladesh at the upcoming 63rd Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference (CPC) scheduled to be held in November 2017 in Dhaka.

Bangladesh Parliament, a member of Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) since 1973, has been an active partner in promoting democratic values across the Commonwealth . It is indeed an honour for the Bangladesh Parliament to host the 63rd Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference.

A collaborative Commonwealth embraces and celebrates diversity. The Commonwealth is the platform to draw upon diversity and bridge differences. Each parliament within Commonwealth being at a different stage in its own history and development comes together under CPA. Together, they build trust within the Commonwealth family. This is the integral strength of Commonwealth nations to work effectively towards achieving common goals.

Parliamentary democracy in Bangladesh nurtures the values of the rule of law, fundamental freedoms and human rights. It upholds the pledge to build an equitable and inclusive society free from poverty and exploitation-- where economic, social and political justice will be ensured for all,as embedded in our Constitution. This was the dream of our Father of the Nation' Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

The Tenth Parliament under the visionary leadership of the Leader of the House and Honourable Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is engaged in ensuring poverty eradication, food security, gender equality and the attainment of sustainable development goals (SDGs) to bring about substantive changes in the lives of the people.

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The surge of globalization presents us with critical challenges. It is time to adopt new ideas, innovative strategies and to instill fresh perspectives. The 2017 CPC in Bangladesh will provide a unique opportunity to all Honourable Members of participating Parliaments to have valuable discussions on how to pursue common goals. These discussions will be enriched through comparative analyses of parliamentary practice and procedure and thereby contribute to strengthening democratic processes. It will provide the scope to identify emerging challenges, find solutions for the same and pave the way forward.

Let us embrace this opportune moment, turn it to our advantage, allowing the voices of the people from all corners of the globe to resonate and dominate the discourse of democracy. It is my firm conviction that it is through our concerted efforts that we can make a positive difference in realization of the common aspirations of the people. I earnestly believe that the upcoming Conference will be a milestone in promoting our collective endeavour to bring about "a better tomorrow for all."

Looking forward to welcoming the distinguished Delegates to Bangladesh "Sonar Bangla"-- the Golden Bengal.


sp1 Mr Akbar Khan
7th Secretary-General
Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA)


Know Bangladesh

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Bangladesh is located in the north-eastern part of South Asia. The majestic Himalayas stand some distance to the North, while in the South lays the Bay of Bengal. West Bengal borders on the West and in the East lies the hilly and forested regions of Tripura, Mizoram (India) and Myanmar. These picturesque geographical boundaries frame a low lying plain of about 1,47,570 square kilometer, criss-crossed by innumerable rivers and streams. Mighty rivers are the Padma (Ganges), Brahmaputra (Jamuna), Meghna and Karnafuli.
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Bangladesh offers many tourist attractions, including archaeological sites, historical mosques and monuments, the longest natural beach in the world, picturesque landscapes, hill forests and wildlife, rolling tea gardens and tribes. To know more about tourism in Bangladesh, please click here

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Hon. Dato' Noraini Ahmad MP
Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP)
The Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP) is the network of women members of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association’s parliaments and legislatures.

With women continuing to be disproportionately under-represented in governance and at all levels of decision-making, the CWP works for the greater participation of women in legislatures and for the furtherance of gender equality across the Commonwealth.

The CWP also seeks, through the nine regions of the CPA, to build the capacity of elected women members to be more effective in their roles and to increase parliamentary awareness of issues affecting women and girls within the Commonwealth. The CWP recently launched a new strategy and is focusing on three policy priority areas including: violence against women, women’s economic empowerment and women in leadership.

Its Chairperson is the Hon Dato’ Dr. Noraini Ahmad MP (CPA Malaysia Federal Branch) and the Vice Chairperson is the Hon Poto Williams MP (New Zealand). The CWP is governed by a Steering Committee made up of representatives from each of the nine CPA Regions.  Read more

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Hon Anglu Farrugia
Small Branches Chairperson

Dr Angelo Farrugia, born on 29 December 1955, a lawyer by profession, was elected Speaker on 6 April 2013.

He first entered Parliament in 1996 and served as Shadow Minister for Justice, and for Employment and Workers’ Rights. He was Deputy Leader of the Labour Party.

During his parliamentary career, Farrugia was Chairman of the Standing Committee for the Consideration of Bills and Member of the Privileges Committee. Between 1996 and 1998, he headed the Maltese Parliament’s delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe and served as member of its Standing Committee on Human Rights.


Countdown To 63rd CPC


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Online registration is open now; please register online.

Last date of Acceptance is 30 July, 2017.

Valid email addresses of Branches your email address is different from the one published in our website please contact us (cell@cpc2017.org, coordinator@cpc2017.org) for clarification.

Highlights of 63rd CPC

The 63rd Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference (CPC) will take place from 1-8 November 2017 in Dhaka, Bangladesh, hosted by the Parliament of Bangladesh. The Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference will bring together over 500 Parliamentarians, parliamentary staff and decision makers from across the Commonwealth for this unique conference and networking opportunity.

With ever increasing focus on greater scrutiny of parliamentarians and the overall public trust deficit in parliaments, the CPA’s annual conference offers the opportunity for Members to benefit from professional development, supportive learning and the sharing of best practice with colleagues from Commonwealth parliaments. The Conference Theme for 2017 is: Continuing to enhance high standards of performance of Parliamentarians.

Workshops and debates will be held during the conference on a wide range of topics including the role of Parliamentarians in building stronger ties within the Commonwealth; giving voice to the youth; mechanisms for ensuring effective participation of the youth in the governance process; how can CPA Members work with their own governments in ensuring that the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have a gender lens to ensure success in the areas of alleviating poverty and women’s empowerment; small jurisdictions and big problems: logistics and infrastructure challenges.

During the 63rd Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference there will also be a number of additional conferences and meetings including 36th Small Branches Conference; CPA Executive Committee; CWP Business Meeting and Session; 63rd General Assembly including the election of the Chairperson of the CPA Executive Committee.
 

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