Wilton Park conference on Bangladesh starts today
Monday, 23 June 2008

A conference sponsored by the British government on Bangladesh's political reform and democracy starts at Wilton Park in southern England on Monday, reports agency.

The two-day conference will bring together representatives of Bangladesh and British governments, international organisations, political parties and civil society to discuss the future of democracy in Bangladesh.

"The conference, planned over many months, will bring together a diverse group of senior representatives from the government of Bangladesh, political parties, civil society, the UK government and international organisations," the British High Commission in Dhaka said in a statement Sunday.

Discussions will focus on issues such as elections, governance and democratic reform.

Bangladesh government did not issue any statement yet on the Wilton Park conference.

"The UK's interests, and those of Bangladeshi people, are best served by a stable, prosperous and democratic Bangladesh," the statement said.

The Wilton Park conference is designed to facilitate discussion among leading Bangladeshi players on how democracy can be strengthened—now and under the next elected government, acting British high commissioner Duncan Norman said.

Wilton Park is an "academically independent" agency of the UK's Foreign and Commonwealth Office, which brings together decision-makers and opinion-formers from around the world to address the most pressing global issues.

Wilton Park has run over 1,000 events since 1946.

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