Bangladesh President addresses the Parliament
The President of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh, Mr. Md. Abdul Hamid addressed the joint sitting of Parliament on last Monday.
The Speaker of the National Assembly Lyonpo Jigme Zangpo, welcomed The President on behalf the parliament. The speaker shared that the visit makes an event in the history of Bhutan. The speaker also said that Bhutan and Bangladesh share a common cultural and spiritual heritage dating back to ancient times since the independence of Bangladesh.
The speaker further added that the parliament and people of Bhutan was shocked to hear about the attack by the miscreants in Dhaka. He condemned such a cruel act and offered prayers to the people of Bangladesh. The speaker also said that Bangladesh became an important country for the Bhutanese students to pursuit their higher education.
During his address to the joint sitting of the parliament, The President of Bangladesh acknowledged the overwhelming hospitality extended by His Majesty the Druk Gyalpo and the government, “I would like to express my gratitude to His Majesty the King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck for his kind gesture in according state welcome to me. From our touch down at Paro, everywhere, we have been showered with overwhelming hospitality, which Bhutanese have always been known for.” He further added that, “I am gratified by the gracious presence of the Hon’ble Prime Minister, Hon’ble Chairman of National Council an, distinguished Members of both the Houses, and other esteemed guests here today.”
The president spoke about the July 1st terror attacks in Dhaka where 22 innocent lives were lost and many injured, “I am saddened today in the wake of unfortunate deaths of some innocent people in Dhaka who were mercilessly killed by a group of miscreants.” he said. He also said that, “I am grateful to His Majesty the King, the Royal Bhutanese Government and people of Bhutan for showing solidarity with us in expressing deep sorrow for these unfortunate deaths.”
The president also offered goodwill to His Majesty the King and the member of Royal family, “We are delighted about the birth of His Royal Highness Prince Jigme Namgyel Wangchuck. All our blessings are for the Gyalsey. I also wish prosperity, long life, and happiness for all the members of the Royal family,” he said.
During his stay n Bhutan, His Excellency informed that he had very fruitful engagements with Bhutanese leaders and observed that pristine beauty of Bhutan, Buddhist landmarks, rich and heritage that symbolize the Bhutanese people’s quest for peace and happiness not only for themselves but also for the entire humankind.
Bhutanese people while being very dynamic and entrepreneurial have retained its values, ethos as well as cultural diversity, richness and heritage. The President said, “Bhutan’s display of its distinctiveness is a strong assertion of its sovereignty.”
His Excellency, Abdul Hamid cited that His Majesty the 4th Druk Gyalpo has played in an important role in transforming the monarchy into parliamentary democracy for a modern nationhood, “This is a rare example in the history of democracy. The Hon’ble Prime Minister and his cabinet are judiciously steering the state of affairs. I am confident this pragmatic, collective and benevolent leadership would ensure the people of this kingdom their best possible future,” he said.
His Excellency also said that Bhutan occupies special place in the heart of the people of Bangladesh as Bhutan was the first nation to recognize Bangladesh’s independence on 06 December 1971. Hence, he said the relations have grown in depth and dimension based on mutual respect.
The President also mentioned that the relationship between Bangladesh and Bhutan is multifaceted, encompassing a whole range of areas including hydro-power, water resources management, connectivity, trade and commerce, education, cultural exchange and tourism.
The President said hydro-power cooperation is one of the sectors which hold the greatest potential for our bilateral cooperation, “We need to take more target-oriented actions for achieving tangible results in this area. I am happy to know that there has been some notable progress in hydropower cooperation in the form of a tri-nation project among three friendly neighboring countries.”
Another area of cooperation that holds huge potential is regional connectivity, “I am happy to know that the National Assembly of Bhutan, on 21 June 2016, passed the bill related to the BBIN Motor Vehicles Agreement. I hope this would go a long way in establishing seamless connectivity in this sub- region.” he said.
The President said, “In Bangladesh, the Parliament is the centre of democratic practices, we believe that an independent parliamentary system holds to socio-economic development. With similarities in democratic outlook, our two countries can partner in strengthening the foundations of democratic governance.”
Concluding the address, His Excellency said that Bhutan’s pioneering concept of Gross National happiness (GNH), a unique philosophy to meet global challenges is getting more and more acceptance and if this simple concept be our guide as vision described by His Majesty the Fourth King, further generations will live in a world be prosperous, more secure and peaceful and more meaningful.
He said that the two countries must forge stronger partnership to work the welfare and economic development of the nations, “Let it be our steadfast endeavor. Long live His Majesty the King. Long live Bangladesh-Bhutan friendship.” he concluded his address.
The President left the country on last Monday after concluding his four days official visit and was seen off by Lyonchen Tshering Tobgay and the other officials.