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Arab Parliamentary Libraries Network established at meeting

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The first regional meeting of Arab parliamentary libraries was convened at the Arab Institute for Parliamentary Training and Legislative Studies in Beirut, Lebanon, Jan. 19-20, with the technical support of SUNY/CID’s USAID-funded Project to Strengthen the Lebanese Parliament through Development of a Legislative Resource Center. During this two-day event, attended by librarians and research staff from the parliaments of Algeria, Bahrain, Djibouti, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Oman, Tunisia and the UAE, participants discussed services offered by their libraries and research services, opportunities for networking and collaboration, and ways to improve library and research services provided to the Members and staff of their respective parliaments.

To achieve these goals, the participants joined in laying the groundwork for the creation of the new Arab Parliamentary Libraries Network (APLN). They drafted and signed the Network’s constitution, elected the Network’Arab Institutes executive committee, and devised a plan of action for future development.  In order to formalize the Network, Noureddine Bouchkouj, Secretary General of the Arab Inter-Parliamentary Union, agreed to issue formal invitations to secretaries-general of all Arab Parliaments inviting and encouraging their parliaments to become members of the new network.

The workshop was greeted with enthusiasm and successfully promoted the development of Arab parliamentary libraries. Mr. Abdellatif Assaraj of the Moroccan Parliament and other parrticipants said this was an historic occasion in promoting development of parliaments in the Arab world.

The event was hosted by the Arab Inter-Parliamentary Union and the Lebanese Parliament. It was organized for the Arab Institute for Parliamentary Training and Legislative Studies, by the State University of New York's Center for International Development (SUNY/CID) and funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

Posted: Feb. 2. 2012