Bangladesh parliament is hosting the 136th assembly of Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), a global organisation of parliaments, on 1-5April. Speakers, deputy speakers, parliament members and representatives from 130 countries are expected to attend the conference. This will be the largest ever internation conference held in Bangladesh since its independence.
The IPU President Saber Hossain Chowdhury told reporters in Dhaka on Monday (27 March) that the upcoming IPU conference in offers Bangladesh immense scope for tapping the benefits of parliamentary diplomacy to boost international trade and attract more foreign investment, reports the Daily Star.
Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina will inaugurate the conference on April 1 at the South Plaza of Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban, Chowdhury said.
Around 1,500 delegates of 130 national parliaments of the same number of sovereign states will join the upcoming IPU conference which will focus on democracy, security and ways to redress inequality.
Founded in 1889, the IPU is known as the focal point for worldwide parliamentary dialogue, and it works to establish democracy, peace and co-operation among people. It also works to strengthen parliaments. Currently, it has 170 members and 11 associate members.
Bangladesh got the membership in 1972, but its membership was stripped off thrice for martial law and emergency regimes.