A Parliamentarians Round-table Session on “7th Five Year Plan and Extreme Poverty Free
Bangladesh” held on 16 February 2016 was organised by EEP/Shiree in cooperation with Unnayan
The objective of the event was to further sensitize the Honorable Parliamentarians about the
special emphasis on the extreme poverty issue given in the 7th Five Year Plan and to discuss
what role the Honorable Parliamentarians can play in implementing the strategies to eradicate
extreme poverty pointed out in the Plan.
Ten of the esteemed lawmakers made it to the event including Zabunnasa Afroz of Barisal-5,
Begum Akhtar Jahan of Reserved-5, Chhabi Biswas of Netrokona-1, Farhad Hossain, Meherpur-1,
Sagufta Yasmin of Munshiganj-2, Golam Faruk Khandakar Prince of Pabna-5, Md. Israfil Alam of
Naogaon-6, Md. Ayeen Uddin of Rajshahi-3, Tipu Sultan of Barisal-3, and Md. Nurul Islam of
Omar – Bogra-6. Apart from the lawmakers, two key civil society representatives were also
invited to participate in the event- Miss Aroma Dutta (Executive Director, PRIP Trust) and
Dr. A.K.M. Musha (Country Director, Concern Worldwide Bangladesh). Honorable Deputy Speaker
of the National Parliament Mr. Fazle Rabbi Miah, MP graced the session as the Chief Guest.
Dr. S. M. Zulfiqar Ali (Senior Research Fellow, BIDS; and Head of Research and Advocacy,
EEP/Shiree) presented the issue paper on behalf of the organizers, while Khondker Ibrahim
Khaled (former Deputy Governor of Bangladesh Bank) moderated the event.