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BGIPU hosts signing ceremony for 2017 IPU Assembly in Dhaka

The formal agreement between the Inter-Parliamentary Union and the National Parliament of Bangladesh on convening the 136th IPU Assembly in Dhaka was signed by The Hon Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury, the Bangladesh Speaker, and the IPU Secretary General, Mr Martin Chungong, in the River Room of the UK House of Lords on 28 April 2016.

The BGIPU Chair, Mr Nigel Evans MP, BGIPU Vice-Chair and IPU Vice-President, Mr Ian Liddell-Grainger MP and BGIPU Lord’s Vice-Chair Lord Anderson of Swansea were honoured to attend and witness the signing ceremony. Moreover, BGIPU was very pleased to lend its support to the IPU in hosting the signing ceremony, taking advantage of Speaker Chaudhry’s presence in London in her capacity as the Chairperson of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Assocviation (CPA) for meeting of the CPA Executive Committee. The BGIPU also registered its gratitude to the Lord Speaker, Rt Hon Baroness d’Souza, for her kind gesture in making the River Room of the House of Lords available for this important ceremony.

This signing ceremony formalised the decision taken at the most recent IPU Assembly in Lusaka in March 2016, where the IPU Governing Council heard the positive findings of the on-site mission to Dhaka carried out by officials of the IPU Secretariat in January 2016. As a result, the Governing Council agreed to hold the 136th IPU Assembly in Dhaka from 1 to 5 April 2017. BGIPU looks forward to its active participation in the upcoming Assembly in Dhaka where it will enjoy the warm welcome and hospitality of the Parliament and people of Bangladesh.