UK committed to help Sri Lanka strengthen democracy

The British Government says it remains committed to help Sri Lanka strengthen democracy in the country.

The UK High Commissioner to Sri Lanka James Dauris said the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association UK’s visit to Sri Lanka this week is a reflection of the important and long standing Parliamentary relations that the two Parliaments enjoy.

The UK Branch of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA UK) participated in a three day workshop in Sri Lanka on ‘Sectoral Oversight Committees for Members of Parliament’.

The workshop, which ran from 15th to 17th February, was attended by many Sri Lankan MPs and parliamentary officials.

British Members of Parliament Fiona Mactaggart, Richard Bacon and Julie Elliott, representing the Conservative and Labour Parties, worked together with Sri Lankan Parliamentarians to support Parliament’s aim of creating a strong, independent oversight committee system.

At a reception hosted by the British High Commission, MP Fiona Mactaggart said the visiting elagion has learnt that there is a hunger for effective democracy in Sri Lanka that has so recently dealt with bitter conflict.

“There is ambition to create a stable democracy, which allows those elected to Parliament to properly represent those who elected them. These sectoral oversight committees will enable Parliamentarians to work better for their constituents. Oversight committees will allow Members to use the authority that their election as MPs confers on them to help ensure that democracy thrives and government is held properly accountable.”

The UK High Commissioner to Sri Lanka H.E James Dauris said CPA’s work in Sri Lanka is a demonstration of the UK’s commitment to working with Sri Lanka’s Parliament and Sri Lankan parliamentarians in their efforts to strengthen its institutions and foster stronger democracy.

This project forms part of CPA UK’s and Westminster Foundation for Democracy’s Parliamentary Partnership Programme (PPP) with the Parliament of Sri Lanka, and was funded from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s Magna Carta Fund for Human Rights and Democracy. (Colombo Gazette)