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Center for International Development signs Memorandum of Understanding with the National Assembly of Quebec

Photo of SUNY/CID Staff and Quebec Secretary General

SUNY/CID Acting Director, Jim Utermark (right), and Senior Associate, Dr. David E. Guinn, in the National Assembly Chamber with Secretary General, Michel Bonsaint (seated).

On March 31, 2015, the National Assembly of Quebec (NAQ) and SUNY Center for International Development signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) under which they will join forces to develop programming to promote legislative development around the world. This agreement brings together two preeminent leaders in legislative development.

The NAQ is a leading provider of legislative strengthening support in the Francophone world. Since 1996, the National Assembly has organized or participated in more than 120 inter-parliamentary cooperative activities and representatives of the National Assembly have shared their expertise with counterparts from francophone countries including: Algeria, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ivory Coast, Gabon, Haiti, Madagascar, Mali, Morocco, Niger, and Togo. They are active participating members of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Francophonie (APF), the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA), the Parliamentary Confederation of the Americas (COPA) and numerous other bilateral and multilateral institutions. The NAQ also hosts meetings with legislative delegations from legislatures from all over the world. This expertise will be coupled with SUNY/CID’s experience as one of the preeminent US legislative strengthening program implementers, with three decades of successful programming in over 40 countries on five continents.

This relationship grew out of SUNY/CID’s use of NAQ staff experts as a part of our Legislative Strengthening Project in Cote d’Ivoire. Following up on this collaboration, the two institutions agreed to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to codify mutual interests and areas of cooperation. The MoU outlines our comparative advantages and establishes the mechanism for pursuing future partnership opportunities.

According to NAQ President Jacques Chagnon, “Our common goal is to make the management tools and methods of a modern parliament available to emerging or consolidating democracies.”

Posted May 20, 2015