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Parliamentary seminar to assist lawmakers

Sessions House (File photograph)

Bermuda will host an international parliamentary seminar this week intended to help lawmakers broaden their understanding of the legislative process.

Dennis Lister, Speaker of the House, announced that the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association had been invited to Bermuda for the seminar, which will be held on Wednesday and Thursday.

Along with local parliamentarians and senators, attendees will include Angelo Farrugia, Speaker of the Malta House of Representatives, Shirley Osborne, Speaker of the Montserrat Legislative Assembly, Jacqui Sampson Meiguel, Clerk of the Trinidad & Tobago House of Parliament, and Paul Belisle, former Clerk of the Canadian Senate.

CPA members travelling to Bermuda from Britain will include the CPA secretary-general, Akbar Khan.

Mr Lister said: “This seminar and training programme will provide opportunities for Members of Parliament and Senators to learn more and deepen their understanding of parliamentary processes.

“When I took on the role of Speaker, one of my objectives was to ensure ongoing training was established for Bermuda’s parliamentarians. This training is one of several that has taken place over the last two years.”

The seminar will include sessions on the separation of powers and proper practice and procedure in the House.