NLD-Led Group on Parliamentary Capacity-Building Meets Int’l Actors

By The Irrawaddy 18 March 2016

RANGOON — An Aung San Suu Kyi led-coordination group for parliamentary development held a meeting with representatives of several international organizations and embassies on Thursday at Naypyidaw’s Lower House compound, according to the National League for Democracy (NLD) chairperson’s office.

The main responsibility of the working group, which was formed last week, is to emphasize capacity-building for lawmakers and parliamentary staff, in coordination with international actors.

The sitting Parliament, convened on Feb. 1, is dominated by the NLD, which scored a landslide general election victory on Nov. 8.

The team met Thursday with delegations from foreign embassies, the World Bank, Hans Seidel Foundation, British Council, Asia Foundation, European Union, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), Thabyay Education Foundation and Myanmar Scholarship Alumni Association.

The coordination group is chaired by NLD leader Suu Kyi and lawmaker Zeyar Thaw, also of the party and representing Naypyidaw’s Zabuthiri constituency. The working group includes three directors-general from parliamentary offices, two other NLD lawmakers and one from the formerly ruling Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) as members.