IPU President Abdelwahad Radi

So far, the Egyptian, United Arab Emirates and Canadian parliaments have submitted proposals on Syria where lawmakers will join international efforts to push for a peaceful and democratic solution to the conflict.

IPU President Abdelwahad Radi and other dignitaries are already in the country to grace the world’s largest union of the national parliaments established in 1889. Meetings will take place at the Commonwealth Resort Munyonyo, Imperial Royale and Kampala Serena Hotel.

Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga said all is set for the event.

“It is a great opportunity that the conference is being hosted here and we will use the chance to market Uganda abroad. We are also hoping to be strengthened by our colleagues in other Parliaments who will take positions on health, good governance and economic development,” she said.

Expounding on the assembly’s theme; ‘Parliaments and the People: bridging a gap”, Ms Kadaga said parliamentarians would lay strategies on how to draw the ordinary person closer to parliament through including their issues high on the agenda.

“We want to draw people closer to parliaments by comprehensively discussing their problems and taking immediate solutions. We want to share experiences with the people of the European Union, Latin America and Asia as there is a lot we can learn from each other,” Ms Kadaga said.

During the 2007 Chogm summit, Uganda hosted about 4,000 guests, who benefited the tourism sector.
“Those in the supply chain will greatly benefit from the conference. Also tourism will be boosted as we are showcasing our potential,” IPU spokesperson Moses Talemwa said.

Women and children will have their voices heard when health issues such as maternal and infant mortality, malnutrition, HIV/Aids and access to health services rights are brought to the fore.

With more than 1,500 delegates coming, hotel owners are in for big profits.

By Mercy Nalugo, Daily Monitor

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