Senate speaker Ken Lusaka and his National Assembly counterpart Justin Muturi on Friday joined regional speakers in signing a document to establish the East African Parliamentary Institute (EAPI).
Speakers form new organization that will operate within Parliament
The new regional organization will begin to operate from the Kenyan Parliament as it gains its footing in the region.
EAPI was established on the initiative of Kenya's Centre for Parliamentary Studies and Training (CPST) which was established in 2011.
Collaboration between East African Parliament Speakers
"Congratulations to the EAC Member Parliaments on the occasion of the launch of EAPI. Glad that the dream of establishing a regional parliamentary institute is taking shape. Kenya is proud to in the interim host the institute.
"The establishment of EAPI is a laudable and historic moment for our region. We hope to make the institute a one stop shop for training on parliamentary practices and procedures; a source and repository of Parliamentary knowledge and a platform for experience sharing.
"The launch of EAPI is timely as it comes at a time when regional Speakers of our legislatures are presiding over young, dynamic, energetic and diverse Parliaments," Speaker Muturi Stated in his address.
Speaker Lusaka added: "This is a fulfilment of a dream for our Parliament that dates back to 2015. I congratulate my brother, Speaker Muturi and the CPST Board for the spirited effort.
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