A roundtable on Does Bangladesh Need an Upper House?


Event Name : Recent Events

Date : 24 April, 2008- ,

Description :

The Bangladesh Enterprise Institute (BEI)  organized A roundtable on Does Bangladesh Need an Upper House on Thursday, 24 April 2008 from 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm at the BEI Conference Room (House 20, Road 5, Gulshan-1, Dhaka).

Mr. Farooq Sobhan, President, BEI chaired the roundtable Session.

Two papers on the theme will be presented. Eminent politicians, parliamentarians, academics, civil society members and media personalities will participate in the brain storming session.

In the first paper, Salahdin Imam presents two themes. Firstly the paper shows how the present unicameral system, with total concentration of Executive power in the Jatiyo Sangsad (Lower House) of Bangladesh, is largely responsible for the country’s periodic breakdowns of political stability. Secondly, the paper argues for the establishment of an Upper House and proposes that this should take the form of an appointed Council of Elders (in effect a “Permanent Caretaker Government”) and sets out some preliminary ideas about its composition and functions. The paper recognizes that this should be the start of an ongoing process of reflection on these topics.

In the second paper, Ambassador C. M. Shafi Sami observes that in Bangladesh, for some time now, various constitutional issues are receiving extensive public attention the like of which has never been seen before. Many of these issues focus on the democratic deficit in the country and a plethora of ideas have been floated on the need for dispersal of power in the government at the central level to over come that. In dealing with these issues it is important to keep in perspective the history of constitutional developments and its pitfalls in Bangladesh as well as in the regional countries.

For further information, please contact Ambassador Shafiullah, Senior Research Fellow at BEI.

Posted Date : 3 March, 2012