35 Young Parliamentary Associates receive certificates

ISLAMABAD: The second group of 35 Young Parliamentary Associates (YPAs), selected and trained as part of the European Union-funded ‘Improving Parliamentary Performance in Pakistan’ project, received their certificates on Wednesday at the end of a three-week long training programme.  The certificates were presented by Senator Sabir Ali Baloch, deputy chairman of the Senate and Lars-Gunnar Wigemark, ambassador of the European Union to Pakistan. The YPAs will serve the National Assembly, the Senate, and the committees of parliament by providing research and operational support. The presence of the YPAs will increase the parliament’s capacity to research issues for legislation and provide for better and informed decision making and debate among the parliamentarians, an official press release said. Senate Deputy Chairman Sabir Ali Baloch told the ceremony that that the project has been instrumental in strengthening the relationship between the EU and the parliament of Pakistan. He emphasised the need for greater collaboration between the EU and the parliament of Pakistan. EU Ambassador Lars-Gunnar Wigemark said, “It is good to hear that these young and talented Pakistani graduates are appreciated by both the National Assembly and the Senate as a significant resource, adding to the parliament’s analytical, research and legislative drafting capacity. Some of these young professionals may go on to hold more permanent positions in the secretariat of the parliament or, who knows, may even one day enter politics themselves. Either way they are certain to help strengthen democracy in Pakistan”. 

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