Parliament has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Westminster Foundation for Democracy from the United Kingdom to build the capacity of Members of Parliament and staff of the Parliamentary Service.
The MoU was signed by the Speaker, Edward Adjaho, on behalf of Parliament and Mr. Andrew Rosindel, Member of Parliament for Romford in London, on behalf of the foundation.
It is expected to help strengthen Parliament and deepen democracy in the country.
In a short remark, Mr. Adjaho said Parliament would benefit tremendously from the MoU and commended the foundation for choosing Ghana as the hub of its operations in West Africa.
The Speaker added that the signing of the MoU would also deepen the relationship between Parliament and the foundation.
“This represents a fitting testimony and acknowledgement of our ever improving democratic credentials,” he said.
Mr. Adjaho indicated that the objectives for the MoU would materialise if members of the programme’s steering committee exhibited commitment and diligence to the course and urged the members of the committee to bring any difficulty they faced during the implementation of the programme to his attention.
Mr. Rosindel, on his part, said the United Kingdom (UK) had special relations with Ghana because of the historic bonds and partnerships through the Commonwealth of Nations.
He described the new partnership as the beginning of a new chapter between the two countries and expressed the foundation’s commitment to help improve the work of Parliament.
“We are here to make sure that it is ever stronger in the years to come. We are to support Ghana’s continous progress as its democracy deepens,” he said.
He said the law makers in the UK cherished the relationship between Ghana and the UK and indicated that the programme would benefit all the Parliamentarians, irrespective of the political party they belonged to.
By Yaw Kyei