ISLAMABAD, Nov 16 (APP): The Senate of Pakistan and the Senate of Cambodia have agreed to broaden cooperation and parliamentary linkages for improving functioning of the secretariats of both the Houses.
Delegation of Cambodian Senate headed by Secretary General of the Senate of Cambodia Oum Sarith spent a busy day here at Parliament House, said a press release issued on Wednesday.
The delegation was given a detailed briefing on working, performance and functions of different wings of the Senate Secretariat.
Members of the delegation took keen interest in the briefings and underscored the need for cooperation at bilateral levels to learn from each other experiences.
It is pertinent to mention here that Senate of Pakistan and Cambodian Senate have inked a historical Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to provide a framework for enhanced cooperation and continuous interaction between the two Secretariats.
“Both the Secretariats agreed to organize cooperation programmes in spheres of mutual interests”, the MoU said.
According to the MoU, the scope of cooperation will take place in promotion of parliamentary exchanges in administrative branch besides jointly promoting human resource development through exchanges of experiences, knowledge, expertise and study visits.
The MoU was signed during a meeting when a six member delegation comprising of officers of different wings headed by Secretary General of the Senate of Cambodia, Oum Sarith called on Secretary Senate Amjed Pervez Malik and exchanged views on enhancement of bilateral cooperation between the two Secretariats.
Secretary Senate of Pakistan expressed the hope that the first ever bilateral MoU would lay the foundation for permanent exchange of knowledge, human resource as well as good experiences and parliamentary practices for the mutual benefit of both the countries.
Amjed Pervez Malik apprised that under the command of the incumbent Chairman Senate of Pakistan Mian Raza Rabbani committees system of the senate has become very strong which also serve as a check on the executives.
He said that clerks of the parliament, public petition system , amendments in the rules and other such important steps have contributed towards better connect with the people and enabled the secretariat to develop institutional linkages.
He said the focus on developing inter-parliamentary linkages has also increased which is paving the way for strong parliamentary relations.
He said senate of Pakistan appreciates the cooperation of Cambodia for strengthening the Asian Parliamentary Association (APA) which would serve as one common voice on the regional issues.
He said Pakistan launched successful military operation ‘Zarb-e-Azb’ against the militants.
“Situation on the Line of Control is disturbing,” he said , adding it was the right time for Asia particularly this region to rise and resolve outstanding issues to give peace a chance to flourish and make collective efforts for socio-economic prosperity of the Asian region.
The Secretary General of Cambodian Senate said that the signing of the MoU would further boost fruitful bilateral parliamentary linkages.
He said it was a great opportunity to learn from each others experiences and invited the Secretary Senate of Pakistan to visit the Cambodian Senate to further cement the parliamentary interaction.