The National Assembly today unanimously agreed via a motion for Guyana to become a member of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), a move that pre-dates the Coalition Government’s ascension to office, according to Leader of the House, Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo.
The IPU is the focal point for world-wide parliamentary dialogue and works for peace and co-operation among peoples, and for the firm establishment of representative democracy.
Prime Minister Nagamootoo, who moved the motion, explained that the Parliamentary Management Committee, at its 13th meeting on May 2, 2014 decided that Guyana should become a member of the union and subsequently, the Parliament of Guyana, on May 27, 2014, made application to the IPU.
The Prime Minister pointed out that the motion is in keeping with the IPU’s request that a resolution of this country’s Parliament must first be passed, in order for the union to accept Guyana’s application for membership.
Guyana has great advantage in becoming a member of the union, the Prime Minister noted. In addition to fostering contacts and exchange of experiences among parliaments and parliamentarians of other countries, he noted that Guyana as a member of the IPU will also benefit from having better knowledge of how other institutions work and how Guyana can, in cooperation with bodies such as the United Nations, bring its own Parliament to a level of acceptable best standards.
Expressing support for the motion, now Opposition Chief Whip, Teixeira noted that IPU is a very important international body in which Guyana’s Parliament should be represented. She added that the Opposition side of the House looks forward to Guyana being represented at the IPU meeting upcoming in Zambia.
Guyana’s membership to the union will be an annual subscription of just over $2 Million.
The IPU has been in existence since 1889 and has had significant influence working along with the United Nations General Assembly and other similar organisations to bring about greater harmony in the work of National Assemblies, worldwide. (GINA)