Members of the European Parliament (MEPS) of the Delegation for relations with South Asia welcomed the Minister for Law, Justice and parliamentary Affairs Anisul Huq and the State Minister for Foreign Affairs Shahriar Alam at the European Parliament yesterday. The Ministers were invited to attend a meeting of the Parliamentary Committee where they briefed the MEPs on the development initiatives and achievements of Bangladesh during the last few years.
In the meeting of the Committee, the Minister for Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs explained the stable and sustainable growth rate that has been achieved by Bangladesh under the present government. He also informed the MEPs, and Ambassadors from different countries who were also present, about some recent initiatives by the Government of Bangladesh regarding some laws aimed to address important social and economic issues. He briefed the Parliamentarians about the recently adopted child marriage restraint act. Minister for Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs and State Minister for Foreign Affairs explained the rationale of the law, its relevance, and how the society already has seen the positive results after enactment of this law. They also tried to dispel any misgiving the MEPs might have because of misinformation.
Minister Anisul Huq also briefed the MEPs about the current state of play regarding the proposed EPZ labor law. He informed that further negotiations would take place on the draft law.
The issue of Rohingya crisis also came up for discussion in the meeting. minister Huq and State Minister Alam requested the European Parliament to help the Rohingyas to get back their citizenship of Myanmar with full rights, responsibilities and dignity.
Earlier in the day, the Law Minister and the State Minister for Foreign Affairs held meeting with Ms. Mariane Thyssen, European Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labor Mobility at the headquarters of the European Union. The discussion was focused on the labor law and the child marriage restrain law of Bangladesh.
EIAS Briefing Seminar on “Bangladesh: Development Through Connectivity”
Bangladesh Minister for Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Anisul Huq, State Minister for Foreign Affairs Shahriar Alam MP and Bangladesh Ambassador to EU attended the briefing seminar organised and hosted by the European Institute of Asian Studies (EIAS), in collaboration with Bangladesh Embassy in Brussels. European External Action Service (EU Foreign Service) Head of South Asia Ms Veronica Cody and members of different diplomatic missions, think-tanks, and civil society, among others, were also present at the event.