SUNY/Afghanistan Supports Legal Research Unit to Improve Decree Review and Ratification Process
SUNY/CID NEWS STORIES 2006
Since March 2006, SUNY/CID's USAID-funded Afghanistan Parliamentary Assistance Project (APAP) has provided equipment and staff training to the lower house's (Wolesi Jirga) Legislative Research Unit (LRU). At the outset, the LRU had no space to operate and little experience in providing research services to it parliamentary clients. According to the LRU's Director, Mr. Hekmatullah Fushanji,"It was very difficult, if not impossible, for us to function. SUNY/APAP came to our assistance and today we are able to showcase a fully functional unit that clearly impacts the Wolesi Jirga's law making process".
The project has provided basic research, bill drafting and internet skills enabling the LRU staff members to conduct basic and advanced research on many of the Executive Decrees pending at the National Assembly Committee level. According to Director Fushanji, "With the Project's assistance we have developed a Legislative Review Tracking System that allows us to produce revised bill drafts that capture amendments sequentially, making it easier for Committee members to review their work and quickly move forward."