Significance of the Commonwealth in 21st century highlighted at first Asia Region Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Lecture 

Professor Dr Gowher Rizvi, International Affairs Advisor to the Prime Minister of Bangladesh has highlighted the significant role that the Commonwealth has played in international affairs at the first Asia Region Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Lecture which took place in the margins of the 63rd Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference (CPC) in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Professor Rizvi spoke of the Commonwealth’s enduring political values that bring challenges and opportunities for Commonwealth Parliamentarians. Professor Rizvi is a Bangladeshi historian, scholar and academic and he has taught at several British and American universities, including Oxford University, the University of Warwick, Harvard Kennedy School and the University of Virginia. His many publications cover the disciplines of history, international relations, and public policy.

The CPA President and Chairperson of the CPA International Executive Committee, Hon. Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury MP, Speaker of the Parliament of Bangladesh introduced the guest speaker and chaired the Q&A session afterwards. The Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Lecture was attended by over 100 guests including Members of Parliament, parliamentary staff, members of the diplomatic corps and representatives of many international organisations. 

The Secretary-General of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, Mr Akbar Khan also attended the lecture and said: “The Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Lecture Series offers CPA Members a unique opportunity to hear from distinguished Parliamentarians and experts in the field, who have made an outstanding contribution to their nation’s democracy and to the institution of Parliament. Collectively, this series of lectures will contribute not only to the CPA’s continuing dialogue within its membership, but also to reach out beyond to other stakeholders such as members of the international community, the diplomatic corps, civil society and the wider public.”             

Published Wednesday 15 November 2017.


Notes to Editors:

The 63rd Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference, taking place from 1-8 November 2017 in Dhaka, Bangladesh is the annual conference of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) and is hosted by the CPA Bangladesh Branch and the Parliament of Bangladesh. 

The Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA), now in its 106th year with HM Queen Elizabeth II, Head of the Commonwealth as its Patron, exists to develop, promote and support Commonwealth Parliamentarians and parliamentary staff to identify benchmarks of good governance and to implement the enduring values of the Commonwealth. The CPA is an international community of Commonwealth Parliaments and Legislatures working together to deepen the Commonwealth’s commitment to the highest standards of democratic governance. 

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