Par­lia­men­tary del­e­ga­tion in Bangladesh

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A five mem­ber par­lia­men­tary del­e­ga­tion led by the Na­tional As­sem­bly Speaker Jigme Zangpo left for Dhaka, Bangladesh on Fri­day. The del­e­ga­tion will at­tend the South Asia Speak­ers’ Sum­mit on achiev­ing SDGs to be held from 30-31 Jan­uary 2016 and hold high level meet­ings with their Bangladeshi coun­ter­parts from 1-2 Fe­bru­ary 2016. The Sum­mit will aim to de­fine the op­por­tu­ni­ties and chal­lenges fac­ing par­lia­ments in fully ex­er­cis­ing their role in the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the SDGs. It will as­sess whether par­lia­ments in South Asia are fit for pur­pose to ad­vance the vi­sion of the SDGs. The sum­mit will also have a spe­cial fo­cus on to­bacco con­trol in the re­gion which will help shed light on some of the gov­er­nance gaps in the re­spec­tive coun­tries which make the pub­lic health re­sponse to this is­sue par­tic­u­larly dif­fi­cult. By plac­ing to­bacco con­trol on the agenda of the par­lia­ments of South Asia, the Sum­mit’s ob­jec­tive is to spur re­gional co­op­er­a­tion and greater na­tional com­mit­ment to re­duce the use of to­bacco in the in­di­vid­ual coun­tries and the re­gion as a whole. The del­e­ga­tion upon ar­rival at the Dhaka In­ter­na­tional Air­port was re­ceived by the Bhutan Am­bas­sador to Bangladesh Pema Cho­den and MP Ab­dul Matin Khasru, Fr. Min­is­ter of Law. Later in the af­ter­noon the del­e­ga­tion vis­ited Bari Dhara, site mea­sur­ing 80 dec­i­mals gifted by the Govern­ment of Bangladesh for con­struc­tion of Royal Bhutanese Em­bassy Of­fice. The bound­ary wall is un­der con­struc­tion and it will be com­pleted by March 2016. This re­gional gath­er­ing of Speak­ers of Par­lia­ment is hosted by the Par­lia­ment of Bangladesh un­der the co­or­di­na­tion of the In­ter-Par­lia­men­tary Union.

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