From 13-20 February 2010 a UK delegation of nine parliamentarians visited the Parliament of Bangladesh
With the aim of gaining a better understanding of the challenges faced by the Bangladeshi Parliament, the delegation examined the mechanics of the National Parliament of Bangladesh, poverty reduction strategies, and the impact of climate change on Bangladesh.
Among the issues discussed, the programme focused on the commitment of the people of Bangladesh to parliamentary democracy in the face of multiple difficulties. The strengths and weaknesses of the Bangladeshi Parliamentary system were discussed in depth, in particular the need to move away from confrontational politics and stagnation.
The programme explored the issue of poverty reduction, with a particular focus on health, education and women’s empowerment initiatives.
The UK delegation also considered the Bangladeshi concerns about climate change, highlighting the importance of climate change-related legislation, disaster reduction and preparedness, and international aid programmes.
Further programme details can be found below: