Dhaka – Legislators from across the globe have thronged to Dhaka to attend a conference to iron out ways to address issues of common concerns as Bangladesh hosts the Inter-Parliamentary Union assembly Saturday.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will inaugurate the five-day event at Jatiya Sangsad premises while other sessions for thematic debates will be organized at the Bangabandhu International Conference Center in Dhaka.
“Redressing Inequalities: Delivering on Dignity and well being for all” is the prime theme of the assembly, IPU President Saber Hossain Chowdhury told a press conference ahead of the gathering.
Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and Children’s Rights Activist Kailash Satyarthi of India will present keynote paper on the topic.
Bangladesh is hosting the conference for the first time since it joined the century-old global forum in 1972.
All preparation has been taken to make the assembly success, Chowdhury said adding that a total of 1,348 delegates including 53 speakers, deputy speakers and 209 women parliamentarians of 120 countries will join the event.
They will remain engage in debate on redressing inequalities, women empowerments, health issues and on the role of parliaments in preventing outside interference in the internal affairs of sovereign states during the assembly.
Prime Minister Hasina will release a commemorative stamp and inaugurate IPU website television.
Speaker Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury said successful holding of the assembly would remain as a milestone towards the forward march of Bangladesh’s democracy and it would bring a rare honour for Bangladesh.
“We will be able to project the country’s ongoing progress, prospect and potentialities for building a hunger and poverty-free prosperous Bangladesh before international community through holding of the assembly,” she added.
Secretary General of IPU Martin Chungong also spoke at the briefing.
A makeshift media centre equipped with computers, laptops, high-speed internet bandwidth and adequate manpower was set up at BICC for the local and foreign media to send news feed.
An IPU spokesperson will brief media at the end of the day’s programme at the media centre, the IPU President told journalists, according to state-run Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha news agency.
The five-day event will be wrapped up on April 5 through Dhaka declaration.
A four-tier security arrangement has been taken in and around the Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport ahead of the 136th IPU Assembly to ensure foolproof security of the participants.
A help desk was set up at the airport along with increasing number of counters for quick baggage delivery.
The thoroughfare from airport to the BICC and adjacent areas would be illuminated while colourful festoons and banners were set up at roadside poles welcoming the guests.
The IPU Assembly, which was earlier called Inter-Parliamentary Conference, is the principal statutory body that expresses the views of the global forum on political issues bringing together parliamentarians to study international problems and make recommendations for action.
The IPU, established in 1889 with its headquarters in Switzerland, is the focal point for global parliamentary dialogues for peace, development, and cooperation among peoples, and for the safeguard of representative democracy.