Commonwealth parliamentarians on Monday reached a consensus on a recommendation to introduce uniform visa and trade systems, and ease tariff restrictions among the Commonwealth countries.
They also agreed on some other recommendations, including the one for introducing youth quota in parliaments of the commonwealth countries.
The recommendations were passed at different workshops of the 63rd conference of Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) being held at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre in the city.
The eight-day annual CPC conference with the participation of some 500 MPs began on November 1.
The general assembly of the 63rd CPC will be held on Tuesday to finalise Dhaka declaration following the placement of a number of resolutions on different issues.
The Commonwealth lawmakers at a workshop titled ‘The Role of Parliamentarians in Building Stronger Ties within the Commonwealth: Including New Trade Issues, Travel Restrictions, non-tariff restrictions’ unanimously agreed to work for the introduction of uniform visa and trade systems and easing tariff restrictions among the commonwealth countries.
Three MPs from Nigeria, the UK and Guiana were the key discussants at the workshop moderated by Canadian lawmaker Alexandra Mendès.
At another workshop titled ‘Giving Voice to the Youth: Mechanism for Ensuring Effective Participation of Youth in the Governance Process,’ the Commonwealth MPs agreed on introduction of youth quotas in parliaments, and youth quotas at the party levels in case of choosing candidates.
The MPs also agreed that parliaments must ensure that youth participations are given voice in the parliamentary national, regional and international representative bodies. Parliament needs to give voice to the youth by making sure the policies close to their hearts are actively considered.
Parliaments and parliamentarians should ceaselessly endeavour to ensure mainstreaming of the youths in governance and nation building so as to equip and empower them to shape the destinies of democracies worldwide.
Youth delegates from different countries also attended the workshop.
Five other workshops were also held on Monday on different issues focusing on democracy, Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and what factors fuel the rise of different kinds of nationalism.