Parliamentarians agree that greater cross-party collaboration is needed


Government and Opposition Members of Parliament (MPs) have agreed that there is a need for greater cross-party collaboration in Guyana, according to a release from the International Republican Institute (IRI).

The IRI said it hosted a forum for Parliamentarians on May 2 and 3.

At two sessions, retired United States (US) Congressional Representatives David Price and Erik Paulsen, along with former Deputy Chief of Staff and District Director Karen Glaser, met with Guyanese Parliamentarians and exchanged experiences on stronger legislative practices.

In her opening remarks at the first session, US Ambassador to Guyana Sarah-Ann Lynch was quoted by the IRI as saying, “It is truly my sincere hope  that everyone participating will come together to exchange ideas and possible solutions, not only with the former  congressmen and professional chief of staff, but also with the government as a representative parliamentary institution  that speaks for all Guyanese citizens.”

Further, it was noted that Ambassador Lynch encouraged Parliamentarians to actively engage in discussions because their contributions “give life to the democratic values that we all collectively cherish”.

She also expressed U.S. commitment to supporting Guyana’s democracy to become stronger, more inclusive, and more resilient.

Minister of Parliamentary Affairs and Governance Gail Teixeira delivered opening remarks on the second day.

Importantly, the release noted that Government and opposition MPs acknowledged the high level of professionalism practised by the Parliamentary staff in delivering support and expressed optimism about finding ways to foster greater cross-party collaboration.

Resident Program Director Carin Mirowitz reportedly said, “IRI looks forward to continuing to support the work of leaders building Guyana’s  democratic resilience.”

IRI’s legislative forum was among several activities being delivered with support from the National Endowment for  Democracy (NED) to strengthen engagement among Guyanese leaders and citizens, especially marginalised groups like youth, women, indigenous peoples, and persons with disabilities.

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