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Kenyan Legislators visit the US and Canada to learn about televising Parliament

The Delegation visiting the Oregon State Legislature in Salem, Oregon

Visiting the Oregon State Legislature in Salem, Oregon.

In October 2015, SUNY/CID conducted a two-week study visit to the United States and Canada for the Parliament of Kenya. The visit was funded by the Kenyan National Assembly’s Joint Committee on Parliamentary Broadcasting and Library with the objective of learning how proceedings and sessions are recorded and presented to the public in other legislatures. The Kenyan Parliament already has a live broadcast capacity that is quite popular with Kenyan citizens. The Joint Committee is investigating ways to expand its services and coverage in order to be more transparent and accountable to the public.

Delegation members getting some fresh air and viewing the devastation at Mount Saint Helens National Volcanic Monument

Delegation members getting some fresh air and viewing the devastation at Mount Saint Helens National Volcanic Monument.

Given this objective, SUNY/CID designed a program that included visits to the Washington and Oregon State Legislatures, the Provincial Assembly in British Columbia, Canada and the King County Council (Seattle, Washington). Additionally, the group visited KBTC the public television station in Tacoma, Washington, which covers the Washington State Legislature and offers a variety of public affairs programming.

The delegation consisted of three Senators, three Members of Parliament and three staff from the Joint Committee. In each visit, the participants learned about the programs and services offered; legislative and contractual structures; the types of equipment utilized; and costs.

This study visit continues a long and fruitful partnership between SUNY/CID and the Kenyan Parliament that stretches back over 15 years. It also represents another very successful study tour designed and implemented by SUNY/CID.

See more of SUNY/CID's work in Kenya

Posted April 1, 2016