Last night I attended the Christian Aid and Islamic Relief event at the Brady Centre, in Whitechapel.
Greg gave a great speech about his recent trip to Bangladesh, and showed us a video of some of his findings whilst visiting the country. I was impressed to hear about the positives that he had found in Bangladesh, and in particular the impressive network of cyclone centres across the country. I have always been struck by how resourceful and resilent the people of Bangladesh are. Many other countries with similar climate problems have much to learn from them.
However, there is still much to do. Greg reaffirmed the commitment of the Conservatives to ensuring that there is aid and development in countries such as Bangladesh.
I took the opportunity to raise the issue of the Tipaimukh dam with Greg, and to highlight the importance of the issue to the people of Bangladesh. Whilst water causes a number of problems in Bangladesh, it is also a great resource. It is vital to ensure that the dam does not have any adverse knock on effects. The real worry is that the consequence is the drying up of rivers, and the knock on effect that greater scarcity of water will have. This will affect not only the local economies but also whether people can survive in those areas. It is a subject that has been raised regularly with me when I have met with British Bangladeshis, and also with the High Commissioner.
Pictures to follow.