The Speaker of Parliament of Ghana, Rt. Hon. Alban Sumana Kingsford Bagbin, has inaugurated an 11 member Management Committee of the Parliamentary Friendship Associations at the Justice D.F Annan Auditorium, of the Job 600 in Parliament. The Management Committee is tasked to oversee and manage the formation, operation and functioning of Parliamentary Friendship Associations.
Parliamentary Friendship Associations are cross-party associations of legislators established to promote continued dialogue with Members of other Legislatures. These associations, once established, enter into bilateral or multilateral relations with their counterparts in other Legislatures, and collaborate for their mutual benefits.A Parliamentary Friendship Association may establish and pursue contacts with counterparts in other Parliaments through periodic exchange of visits, holding of joint cultural and educational programmes, participation in activities to celebrate important events undertaken by the Diplomatic Missions of the counterpart countries etc.Members of the Management Committee are;Hon. Alexander Afenyo-Markin, Hon. James Klutse Avedzi, Hon. Lydia Alhassan, Hon. Ahmed Ibrahim Hon. Bryan Acheampong, Hon. Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, Hon. O. B. Amoah, Hon. Dr Emmanuel Marfo and Hon. Richard Acheampong.Mr Richard Kwame Acheampong is the Secretary to Committee. He is assisted by Mrs Anthonia-Gloria French-Okine.
The event which was under the theme Strengthening Parliamentary Diplomacy; the Quest for Legislative Excellence, was well attended by some Members of Parliament, Members of the Diplomatic Corps, the Clerk and staff of Parliament, etc. The two leaders of the House spoke about the benefits of bi and multilateral relations. They further emphasized how people to people diplomacy facilitated by the association was in the interest of the nation. The Speaker did a trajectory of the history of the association and its benefits and pledged his support for the Parliamentary Friendship Association. He tasked the Committee to add more females to the group.