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Speaker for strong role of MPs to ensure people's welfare

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Jatiya Sangsad (JS) Speaker Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury urged the members of the parliament (MPs) to play a strong role to ensure welfare of the people.
"Development will become fruitful if people's welfare is ensured…the parliament members can play a vital role to ensure greater welfare of the people," said the Speaker.
Dr Shirin made the remarks on Wednesday while addressing as the chief guest at a programme titled 'Consultation meeting on the Nairobi Summit on ICPD25, Accelerating the Promise', jointly organized by the Parliament Secretariat and UNFPA, said an official press release here.
The Speaker said Bangladesh is progressing rapidly, under the dynamic leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. The government is committed towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG's) by 2030.  She said that parliament members under the banner of 'Bangladesh Association of Parliamentarians on Population and Development (BAPPD)' are playing a leading role in preventing child marriage, reducing maternal mortality and youth development.
Dr Shirin noted that the example of Bangladesh's success in the health sector is appreciated universally.
Terming the women as 'ambassadors of development', Dr Shirin called upon the members of the parliament to give special importance towards women development, added the release.
It was stated in the programme that the 25th anniversary of the ICPD will be held in Nairobi next November.
The programme was presided over by the JS Senior Secretary Dr Jafar Ahmed Khan. While, UNFPA'S Bangladesh Representative Dr Asha Torkelson presented the welcome speech.
JS Whip Iqbalur Rahim and UNFPA's Regional Director of Asia Pacific Borjen Anderson were also present as chief guests.

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