French Parliamentary Delegation headed by Senator Pascal Allizard was as part of their visit given a guided tour and were briefed about the Pakistan Institute of Parliamentary Services (PIPS).
Senator Pascal Allizard who is on his fourth parliamentary visit to the country has been the chair of Pakistan France Inter-Parliamentary Friendship Group expressed hope that the two countries will experience an enhanced cooperation in Parliamentary diplomacy. Senators Mrs. Chantal Deseyne and Mrs. Gisele Jourda, and Mr. Geoffroy Laurin from the Administrator of the French Senate are also a part of the visiting delegation.
Executive Director PIPS Zafarullah Khan briefed the delegation that the institute came into existence as art of an act of the Parliament and provides legislative drafting support to the members of the two Houses of the Parliament as well as the provincial legislatures in addition to the outreach activities to connect the legislature to the public through public hearings, training workshops, internship opportunities and seminars.
Both sides discussed the possible avenues to enhance interaction and engagement between the two Senates and making use of this kind of institutes on both sides. The French delegation told the PIPS team that the Parliamentary Services institute in France provides a different kind of support and instead of providing trainings and outreach opportunities, it is more responsible for having the opinion of civil society and academia on different pieces of legislation.
The similarities and differences in the mechanism of Committee procedures and the respective powers of the oversight committees of the Senate were also discussed and experience sharing proposed through frequent interactions between the two sides.