Speaker Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury on Wednesday hoped that the opposition will join Parliament and take part in discussions on any issue ‘in light of the Constitution and as per Parliament’s rules of procedure’.
“I say Parliament is the centre of democracy where elected representatives can take part in discussions in light of the Constitution and as per Parliament’s rules of procedure,” she told reporters after a function in the city.
Responding to a question, the Speaker said the 19th session of Parliament, started on September 12, is still on which will resume on September 30. “I hope the opposition will join it and take part in discussions.”
Replying to another question, she said discussions can be held on any issue and there is scope for removal of any type of differences in Parliament through talks.
The Speaker said parliament members are people’s representatives to the House and they can discuss any important national issue. “They can discuss, and this scope is there.”
Access to Information Program, Prime Minister’s Office arranged the event at Media Bazar of the Bangabandhu International Conference Centre to distribute ‘Service Innovation Fund Award’.
US Ambassador in Dhaka Dan W Mozena, UNDP Country Director Pauline Tamesis, Finance Secretary Fazle Kabir and Policy Adviser, A2I Anir Chowdhury also spoke on the occasion.
Speaking as the chief guest, Shirin Chaudhury said it is the high time to utilise technology for ensuring public service delivery and improve the lives of people. “In this process of transformation, it’s the youth of Bangladesh, and no one other, who are thinking out of box.”
She said the initiative to award fund is a unique way to promote innovations for better services ensuring good governance.
Dan Mozena said he, like others, believes that digital technology is the key to unleashing the great potential of Bangladesh.
“I speak of the power of digital technology … a power so great, so revolutionary, so life altering … a power that is shifting the course of history … digital technology.”
The US diplomat said Bangladesh, however, does not content itself to be a mere witness to history. “Rather, Bangladesh is a part of history, as this great nation engages aggressively and creatively in the transformation … the global revolution … driven by the power of digital technology. Bangladesh has already taken great strides into the Digital Era.”
He appreciated Bangladesh’s efforts saying Bangladeshis already have digital access to key government services such as land titling, birth registration, university applications, among others. “This is an impressive progress.”
Mozena said Bangladesh continues to push the frontiers of digital technology, and young Bangladeshis are getting plugged making the Embassy’s Facebook page the third most visited of any US Embassy in the world.
“I’m pleased that my government is a partner with the government of Bangladesh and UNDP in making these small grants possible to the digital innovators of Bangladesh.”
Mozena said he believes the Digital Bangladesh will be a more efficient Bangladesh, a more competitive Bangladesh, a more just Bangladesh, a stronger and more prosperous Bangladesh.
“I believe digital technology will foster the middle-income Bangladesh, where all have the means to provide their families safe housing, ample, nutritious food, good healthcare, quality education. I believe the Digital Revolution will contribute importantly to Bangladesh’s becoming the next Asian tiger.”
Appreciating government’s efforts, UNDP Country Director Pauline Tamesis said the UNDP will continue to support the government in this process ensuring access to information. “Innovation requires support system.”
She also laid emphasis on public-private partnership to expedite the process.
Later, the guests handed over the awards to five government institutions, a non-government organisation and a private university.