Ghana, France Parliaments to collaborate

The Parliaments of Ghana and France have agreed to collaborate and share ideas towards enhancing their performance.

The two sides believed that the partnership was necessary in helping their respective governments to improve the welfare of their citizenry and ensuring good governance.

The agreement was reached during a recent visit by the leadership of Ghana’s Parliament, led by the Speaker, Edward Doe Adjaho, to the French Houses of Parliament.

As part of the visit, which was at the invitation of their French counterpart, Ghana’s delegation visited the Palais Bourbon, the lower legislative chamber and the Palais du Luxembourg, the seat of the French Senate and upper chamber, where bilateral discussions were held.

The purpose of the visit was to strengthen collaboration between the Parliaments of Ghana and France and to further consolidate the bonds of friendship between their members.

During the visit, Mr. Gilles Carnez, the Chairman of the Finance Committee of the French Parliament, also briefed the delegation on the procedure for the preparation and approval of the budget.

The delegation, which included Mr. Alban Bagbin and Mr. Osei-Kyei Mensah Bonsu, the Majority and Minority Leaders respectively, also met with Mr. John Paul Chanteguet, MP and Chairman of the Parliamentary Committee for Sustainable Development and Spatial Planning, and President of GLOBE France.

The Global Legislators Organisation (GLOBE) is an international organisation comprising parliamentarians from over 80 countries committed to developing and overseeing the implementation of laws in pursuit of sustainable development.

The French Chapter is playing a key role in the organisation of the Climate Change Conference (COP 21) scheduled to be held in Paris in November and December, 2015.

Mr. Chanteguet underscored the need for effective collaboration between Parliaments and other state institutions for the forthcoming COP21, and indicated that the international community should not only be concerned about global economic recession, but the increasing threat posed by pollution and its attendant global warming.

In his response, the Mr. Adjaho thanked France for accepting to host the COP 21 and promised that Ghana would be represented at the highest level.

By Edwund Mingle    

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