Bangladesh is set to host a three-day South Asian sanitation conference called SACOSAN scheduled to begin on Monday.
The three day conference will draw over 500 officials and experts.
Officials said the theme of the 6th South Asian Conference on Sanitation (SACOSAN-VI) at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre(BICC) was set to be "Better Sanitation, Better Life" in Dhaka.
"More than 500 delegates and participants from our South Asian neighbours and foreign development partners are to join the SACOSAN," a spokesman of the Local Government Division (LGD), the host of the meet told a media briefing at Department of Public Health Engineering (DPHE) auditorium in the capital.
Deputy Secretary of LGD Khairul Islam added that SACOSAN aimed to develop a regional sanitation agenda, enable neighbours to share experiences and set a coordinated regional action plan to expedite expansion of sanitation coverage for hygiene promotion in South Asia.
President Abdul Hamid is expected to inaugurate the conference.
Delegates of the participating countries spoke at the briefing while they expected the SACOSAN-VI to provide a scope to review the development of sanitation campaign in the past several decades at the end of the UN's Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in 2015.
They, however, noted that the sanitation campaign achieved a remarkable progress in South Asia particularly in the past 15 years in the region compared to its success in the other parts of the global.
DPHE's additional chief engineer M Waliullah and heads of delegates from South Asian countries Engr. Ghulam Qader of Afghanistan, Rinchen Wangdi of Bhutan, Balasubramaniam Govindasamy of India, Mohamed Musthafa of the Maldives, Rajan Raj Pandey of Nepal, Ranjit Balssuriya of Sri Lanka spoke at the briefing.
SACOSAN is a government-led biennial convention on sanitation in South Asia, which is held on a rotational basis in every SAARC country, according to BSS. - Idrak