Welcome Message to the 63rd Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference from the CPA President 

The Bangladesh Parliament extends a very warm welcome to all the Hon. 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.

The Bangladesh Parliament, a member of Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) since 1973, has been an active partner in promoting democratic values across the Commonwealth countries. It is indeed an honour for Bangladesh Parliament to host the 63rd Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference. A collaborative Commonwealth embraces and celebrates diversity. Commonwealth is the platform to draw upon diversity and bridge the difference.

Each parliament within Commonwealth being at different stage in its own history and development comes together under CPA and helps build a trust within the Commonwealth family of nations. This is the integral strength of the unity of nations to work effectively towards achieving common goals. Parliamentary democracy in Bangladesh nurtures the values of 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 -- 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 Hon. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is engaged in ensuring poverty eradication, food security, gender equality and attainment of sustainable development goals (SDGs) to bring about substantive changes in the lives of the people.

The surge of globalization presents us with critical challenges. It is time to adopt new ideas, innovative strategies and instill fresh perspectives. The 2017 CPC in Bangladesh will provide a unique opportunity to all Hon. Members of Parliaments to have valuable interactions in pursuing common goals, enriching through comparative analysis of parliamentary practice and procedures and thereby contribute in strengthening democratic process. It will provide the scope to identify the emerging challenges, find solutions to encounter the same and chart out 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 Bangia"-- the Golden Bengal.

Hon. Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury, MP

CPA President and Chairperson of the CPA Executive Committee
Speaker of the Parliament of Bangladesh

Updated 19 June 2017/CPAHQ

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