PM suggests making CW high-level group more representative

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PV Desk : Seeking inclusion of representative from Asia in the High Level Group to review the Commonwealth Secretariat’s Governance, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday suggested making the Group more representative with inclusion of member states of different regions.

“We value the knowledge and expertise of the Secretariat for furthering work of the Commonwealth. However, we believe that views of the member states through appropriate representation, is equally important,” she said.

With that in view, she said, the Group should be more representative with inclusion of member states of different regions of Commonwealth.

Sheikh Hasina said this while sharing her thoughts on various mutual and global issues with Commonwealth leaders at CHOGM retreat at Windsor Castle here yesterday.

Extension of High Level Group, Financing and Governance of the Commonwealth Secretariat and other important issues of global context were discussed during the day-long retreat, PM’s press secretary Ihsanul Karim said.

British Prime Minister Theresa May chaired the retreat session while Commonwealth Heads of Government were present.

Sheikh Hasina said there should be a mechanism for wider consultation with member states through open ended discussions with the Board of Governors.

Group may focus particularly on different financing mechanisms and options including innovative financing, she said adding that “this is important at a time when CFTC fund is shrinking and other flows of funding are drying up.”