EU to provide wide range of support to provincial assemblies

‘Subai-Pakistan’ launched to better democratic governance

Zubair Qureshi

European Union (EU) on Wednesday launched a 3-year project ‘Subai-Pakistan’ or (Province of Pakistan) focused to provide support services to the provincial and legislative assemblies.
Ambassador of the European Union to Pakistan, Jean-François Cautain was the host at the launching ceremony held at the Pakistan Institute for Parliamentary Services (PIPS).
The event was attended by the Speakers of the Provincial Assemblies of Punjab, Balochistan, Sindh, and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, as well as the Speakers of the Legislative Assemblies of Azad Jammu and Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan. Speaker of the National Assembly and the Chairman Senate were also in attendance besides senior Pakistani officials, Ambassadors of the EU Member States, EU delegates and senior representatives from the donor community and civil society.
Various services will be provided under the project to strengthen the institutions, provide support for elected representatives and selected committees, secretariats, as well as help improve the transparency and accessibility of the provincial assemblies. Jean-François Cautain referred to the project as a benchmark of the EU’s support towards strengthening democratic institutions and promoting human rights in Pakistan and noted that both the EU and Pakistan were committed to consolidating the EU’s support to the democratization process that started in Pakistan following the elections of May 2013. He added that “The EU and Pakistan have a shared understanding and commitment to strengthening the institutional and organizational capacities of Pakistan’s Parliament to improve performance in law making, oversight and representation.”
The EU Ambassador and the speakers of the provincial assemblies later signed a pledge: “The EU and Provincial Assemblies are working together to strengthen democracy in Pakistan”. This was done to symbolize the excellent relationship and shared values between the EU and Pakistan.

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