Former British Prime Minister, David Cameron, arrived in Dhaka on 26th April, on a two-day visit to Bangladesh. He met with Bangladeshi Prime Minister, Sheikh Hasina, and described Bangladesh as a “shining example.” The event marked his first ever visit to Bangladesh since he stood down on the back of Britain’s vote to leave the European Union last year.
On 27th April, he attended the ‘Global Challenges in 2017’ event, organised by Enam Ali MBE, President of the British Bangladesh Chamber of Commerce and Industry, who welcomed the former British Prime Minister at the Four Points Hotel by Sheraton in Dhaka.The event was hosted by prominent TV broadcaster Zillur Rahman, while guests included cabinet ministers, MPs, diplomats, High Commissioners, senior politicians, University Chancellors, BBCCI directors, bankers, academics, economists, media personalities, broadcasters and British Bangladesh expats.
David Cameron delivered a speech on the quality of democracy from a global perspective, and highlighting eradicating corruption and the fight against terrorism and violent extremism as global challenges. He expressed his views on governance, the rule of law, accountability and ensuring the rights of all, emphasising that democracy is not all about elections.
Enam Ali MBE said, “It was my immense pleasure to welcome the former British Prime Minister, David Cameron, to Bangladesh and it is my duty to develop further the ties between the two countries and bilateral trade. David is very popular in Bangladesh. He is not only my friend, but is the true friend of millions of people in Bangladesh.”