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The newly-established Arab Institute for Parlimenary Training and Legislative Studies in Beirut is hosting two events this month.

The first Arab region seminar on the use of information and communication technologies (ICT) in parliaments will open Monday, Jan. 16, in the Arab Institute for Parliamentary Training and Legislative Studies, located at the Lebanese Parliament.

This two-day seminar, "Emerging Trends and Challenges for ICT in Parliament," is the first of its kind in the Arab region. It will address trends and challenges in the use of ICT in parliamentary operations, such as recording parliamentary proceedings, documentation, delivery of information to parliamentarians, and standards for parliamentary websites.

The seminar is designed for MPs from the Lebanese Parliament, and Secretaries General and senior parliamentary staff from these parliaments: Algeria, Bahrain, Djbouti, Iraq,  Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Somalia, Sudan, Tunis, Saudi Arabia, Syria and United Arab Emirates. The Secretary General of the Arab Inter-Parliamentary Union, as well as representatives from diplomatic and international donor community, will also be in attendance.

In addition, the first regional meeting of Arab Parliamentary Libraries will convene at the Library of the Lebanese Parliament on Thursday, Jan. 19. During this two-day event, librarians and research staff from the parliaments of Algeria, Bahrain, Djibouti, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Oman and Tunisia will discuss services offered by their libraries, opportunities for networking and collaboration, and ways to improve library and research services provided to the Members and staff of their respective parliaments.

This seminar aims to conclude with the establishment of the Arab Association of Parliamentary Libraries which will promote cooperation and development among Arab parliamentary libraries.  

The events are hosted by the Arab Inter-Parliamentary Union and the Lebanese Parliament. It is organized for the Arab Institute for Parliamentary Training and Legislative Studies by the SUNY Center for International Development (SUNY/CID) and funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The ICT seminar has additional support from the United Nation’s Global Center for ICT in Parliament.

Posted: Jan. 12, 2012