Islamabad - Chairman Senate Mian Raza Rabbani has urged the Commonwealth nations to make collective efforts for overcoming the challenges of poverty, illiteracy and terrorism by boosting mutual cooperation and learning from their experiences.

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The Chairman Senate expressed these views at a reception organized in honour of the Secretary General of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) and participants of the 3-day parliamentary staff development workshop for Asia and South East Asia.

Raza Rabbani emphasized that nations belonging to Asia need to look inward, build on the Asian dream to put Asia back on the map of the history and give Asia its rightful place. 

He further said that the region was passing through a great deal of trouble and Commonwealth Parliamentary Association provided them an opportunity to learn from one another’s experiences and exchange of ideas.

“CPA is an essential requirement in present day polity where we share common values, our principled positions and have a common heritage,” the Senate Chairman further added.

He said that CPA could be a very effective forum to be able to take those goals forward as they shared commonality of views. He expressed the confidence that under the dynamic leadership of Akbar Khan, the new Secretary General, CPA would be playing a more active role in putting parliaments together and making collective endeavours for overcoming common challenges.

Raza Rabbani expressed his gratitude to the CPA for co-hosting an international workshop in collaboration with the Senate and said that such interactions were necessary for exchange of views, sharing of experiences and learning internationally recognized best practices for efficient service delivery and improving quality of work. 

Later, Akbar Khan also addressed the participants and said, “I believe that the Commonwealth nations have a wealth of expertise and a wealth of wisdom.”

He also underscored the need for boosting cooperation and exploring new avenues to learn and share experiences.

The Parliamentary Staff Development Workshop concluded in Islamabad, which touched upon different crucial areas necessary for parliamentary support.