IRI Hosts former US Congressional Representatives for legislative forum with Guyanese MPs

Last Updated on Friday, 28 April 2023, 10:30 by Denis Chabrol

The International Republican Institute (IRI) will host former United States (US) Congressional Representatives David Price and Erik Paulsen and former Deputy Chief of Staff and District Director Karen Glaser for a legislative forum with current and potential Guyanese Members of Parliament (MPs).

Two half-day sessions will take place at the Guyana Marriott Hotel, Kingston, Georgetown on May 2 and 3, 2023.

Through its respective point-of-contacts, IRI has invited the Government of Guyana and the Parliamentary Opposition  (including A Partnership for National Unity, Alliance For Change and the parliamentary joinder made up of the Liberty and  Justice Party, The New Movement and A New and United Guyana) to engage in the legislative forum.

Sessions will focus  on “From Candidate to Legislator, Making the Transition” (Day 1) and “Creating Impact, Strategies for Effective Service in  Parliament” (Day 2).

Experts from IRI’s Center for Global Impact will also facilitate expert sessions alongside the visiting  delegation of former US Congressional Representatives and former senior staff.

IRI’s legislative forum is among several activities being delivered with support from National Endowment for Democracy  to strengthen engagement among Guyanese leaders and citizens, especially marginalized groups like youth, women,  indigenous peoples, and persons with disabilities.

IRI is a nonpartisan, nongovernmental international development organization that has performed high-impact work in more than 100 countries  since 1983. The Institute works with organizations and individuals across the globe to help citizens build democratic societies that are open and  responsible, accountable, and resilient. IRI worked in Guyana from 2013-2015 and returned in 2019 to deliver pre- and post- electoral  programming.