Parliament of Pakistan committed to uplift inter-parliamentary cooperation for regional prosperity: NA Speaker

The Speaker apprised the visiting dignitaries about the establishment of Pakistan Institute for Parliamentary Services and it’s utilisation for capacity building of Parliamentarians and Parliamentary staff.

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Islamabad: During a meeting with Acting Chair Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Mr. Ian Liddell-Grainger, MP and Secretary General CPA Mr. Stephen Twigg , Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser has said that Parliamentary interaction is vital for strengthening of democratic institutions. He said that the role of Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) in providing interaction among regional Parliaments is praise worthy. He reiterated his stance to strengthen democratic norms in the country while learning from best democratic practices in other Parliaments of the world. He said that Pakistan has been an active member of CPA as it has played a leading role in CPA affairs in Asian Region.

The Speaker apprised the visiting dignitaries about the establishment of Pakistan Institute for Parliamentary Services and it’s utilisation for capacity building of Parliamentarians and Parliamentary staff. He said that he has envisioned transformation into a University which offers courses in Legislative drafting, Parliamentary practices and Parliamentary diplomacy. He asked the Acting Chair CPA to use his good offices to acquire collaboration with Universities in United Kingdom. He also asked the CPA Chair for his patronage in acquiring services of faculty from UK universities for capacity building of Parliamentarians at PIPS. Apprising about the CPA Asia Regional chapter, the Speaker said that Pakistan being the CPA Asia regional secretariat has reinvigorated parliamentary interaction between the members regional Parliaments.

While talking about relation between UK and Pakistan , Speaker Asad Qaiser has said that Pakistan values high it’s ties with UK as both countries have unanimity of interest in numbers of national and international affairs. He said that Parliamentartary exchanges are significant in deepening bilateral cooperation. He also expressed his desire that a Parliamentartary delegation would soon visit CPA headquarter in London. While mentioning about initiatives taken by Parliament of Pakistan to fulfill the benchmark laid out by Democratic Legislatures self Assessment, he said that this had become first Parliament to be fully accessible to Persons with Disabilities. He also reiterated that Parliament of Pakistan would continue to strive for fulfilling Democratic norms in its Parliament.

Acting Chair CPA Mr. Ian Liddell-Grainger, MP appreciated the steps taken by Pakistani Parliament to fulfill the bench marks set by CPA. He said that UK and Pakistan are interlinked in mutual relations with shared interests . He said that parliamentary interaction between CPA members states would strengthen democratic norms and bilateral relations. He also commended the role of Pakistan to strengthen CPA in Aisa region.

Secretary General CPA Mr. Stephen Twigg also appreciated role of Speaker Asad Qaiser for his active role in CPA. He also appreciated the establishment of PIPS and pledged his support for arranging collaboration between PIPS and UK universities.

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