Ghana’s Speaker Visits The French Parliament

The Rt. Hon. Speaker Edward Doe Adjaho (4th left) with the President of the French National Assembly, Mr. Claude Bartholone (5th left), H.E. Mrs. Johanna Odonkor Svanikier, Ambassador of Ghana to France (3rd left) the Hon. Alban Bagbin M.P. Majority Leader, (2nd left) the Hon Osei-Kyei Mensah- Bonsu M.P. Minority Leader and other visiting members from the Parliament of Ghana.A high-powered Ghanaian Parliamentary delegation led by the Speaker of Parliament, the Rt. Hon. Edward Doe Adjaho, visited the French Houses of Parliament at the invitation of their French counterparts from 18th – 20th May, 2015.

The purpose of the visit was to strengthen collaboration between the parliaments of Ghana and France and to further consolidate the bonds of friendship between their members. The delegation visited both the Palais Bourbon, the lower legislative chamber of the French Parliament and seat of the French National Assembly and the Palais du Luxembourg, the seat of the French Senate and upper chamber. Ghana’s Parliamentary delegation had the honour of attending and listening to a question-time session of the National Assembly where highranking Ministers including Prime Minister Manuel Valls and the Ministers of Education and Justice answered questions on France’s educational reforms, immigration and human rights.

This was followed by briefings by Mr. Gilles Carnez, the chairman of the finance committee of the French Parliament who briefed the delegation on the procedure for the preparation and approval of the budget. The delegation also met with Mr. John Paul Chanteguet MP, Chairman of the Parliamentary Committee for Sustainable Development and Spatial Planning and President of GLOBE France. The Global Legislators Organisation is an international organisation comprising national parliamentarians from over 80 countries committed to developing and overseeing the implementation of laws in pursuit of sustainable development.

The French Chapter is playing an important role in the effective organisation of the Climate Change Conference (COP 21) scheduled to be held in Paris in November and December, 2015. He underscored the need for effective collaboration between parliaments and other state institutions for the forthcoming COP21. He indicated that the international community should not only be concerned about global economic recession, but the increasing threat posed by pollution and its attendant global warming. Mr. Chanteguet informed the delegation that France had initiated a programme under the leadership of their former Energy Minister Mr. Jean Luis Borloo, to source funding for renewable energy in Africa, as part of efforts aimed at controlling climate change. In his response, the Rt. Hon. Edward Doe Adjaho thanked France for accepting to host the COP 21 and promised that Ghana would be represented at the highest level.

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