Parliamentary delegation in Bangladesh
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.