CPA Chairperson stresses the need to instil the youth of society with democratic values so that democracy can flourish at CPA Roadshow in Bangladesh 

The Chairperson of the CPA Executive Committee, Hon. Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury, MP, Speaker of the Parliament of Bangladesh has stressed the need to instil the youth of society with democratic values so that democracy can flourish and people can  benefit from a democratic system of government. The Chairperson was speaking as the chief guest at the CPA Roadshow on Parliamentary Democracy held at the North Plaza of the Bangladesh Parliament today.

The Chairperson said that among the more than 2 billion population of the Commonwealth, 60% are young people under the age of 30 and if the potential of these young people can be fully utilised the world can become a better place for future generations. The Chairperson said that the countries of the Commonwealth have lots of things in common and share similar values among themselves. She also briefed the young people attending the CPA Roadshow on the workings of the Bangladesh Parliament and the Democratic System of Government. The Chairperson of the CPA Executive Committee, Hon. Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury, MP also spoke about the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) and the activities carried out by the parliamentary organisation throughout the Commonwealth.

More than 120 students, both boys and girls, from four renowned colleges of Dhaka - Holy Cross College, Sahid Bir Uttam Anwar Girls College, Adamjee Cantonment School and College and Notre Dame College - participated in the CPA Roadshow event.
For images of the CPA Roadshow event at the Parliament of Bangladesh please click here.

The young people at the CPA Roadshow were also addressed by Dr Dipu Moni, MP, former Foreign Minister of Bangladesh and now the Hon. Chair of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Bangladesh Member of Parliament, Mr. Pankaj Nath, MP. Members of the CPA Bangladesh Branch - Mr. Md. Mahbub Ali, MP; Ms Sagufta Yasmin, MP; Ms Mahbub Ara Begum Gini, MP; and Adv. Umme Kulsum Smrity, MP also attended the CPA Roadshow. A lively interactive session followed the discussion meeting where the students raised questions on different issues which were answered by the Speaker of the Bangladesh Parliament and other Members of Parliament. The students were then taken for a tour of the Parliament of Bangladesh to conclude their visit.

This is the second CPA Roadshow hosted by the CPA Bangladesh Branch. The CPA Roadshows were launched by the CPA Chairperson, Hon. Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury, MP in Bangladesh in March 2016 and since then CPA Roadshows have been held with schools, colleges and universities across the CPA Regions in the Commonwealth.

The CPA Roadshows provide an opportunity for young people to learn about the political values of the Commonwealth such as diversity, development and parliamentary democracy; to discuss issues of concern about the society in which they live; and to meet local Members of Parliament and Parliamentary staff and to find out about the work of the CPA. The CPA Roadshows aim to engage with young people and education establishments to promote parliamentary democracy and participation in political life. 

Published Thursday 10 November 2016.

The Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA), now in its 105th year with HM The Queen, Head of the Commonwealth as its Patron, exists to develop, promote and support Parliamentarians and their staff to identify benchmarks of good governance and to implement the enduring values of the Commonwealth.

The CPA is an international community of around 180 Commonwealth Parliaments and Legislatures working together to deepen the Commonwealth’s commitment to the highest standards of democratic governance. Parliaments, their Members and officials learn from each other through CPA activities: Annual Commonwealth Parliamentary Conferences, Regional Conferences and other symposiums; Interparliamentary visits; Parliamentary Seminars and Workshops; Publications including The Parliamentarian, the Journal of Commonwealth Parliaments; and the Parliamentary Information and Reference Centre.

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