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Experiences and expertise from one of the oldest
parliaments in the world were shared with advisers to one of the newest by trainers
from the University of Kurdistan Hewlêr (UKH). The workshop was organised by
the European Technology and Training Centre (ETTC) and funded by the
Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung. It took place on 14/15 December.
Advisers at the 29-year-old Kurdistan Parliament
participated in lectures and training sessions led by the former British MP and
Minister, Bill Rammell, who is now the President of the UKH.
Bill Rammell opened with a lecture titled “What MPs
Need?”, in which he gave an overview on his personal experience as a member for
13 years of the UK Parliament. He discussed the different areas in which
advisors play a key role in supporting parliamentary members to deliver the
best services to the public.
UKH Director of Policy Gary Kent’s lecture on “What
Parliamentary Researchers Do” and a lecture on comparative progress in
parliamentary democracy in Kurdistan and Iraq, were delivered by UKH Dean of
Social Sciences, Dr. Bayar Mustafa.
On the second of the event, UKH President Bill Rammell
held a special Q&A session to give further explanations and comparisons of
how parliaments and their researchers operate in the UK and the Kurdistan
Region. This was followed by a lecture on media handling and social media
delivered by Karokh N. Othman, UKH Director of Public Relations, Media and
At the end of the event, the German Acting Consul General in
Erbil, Sven Mossler, UKH President, Bill Rammell, Head of the Divan of the
Parliament Ardalan Mohamed, and the ETTC Chief Executive Officer, Jihad Zero
distributed certificates of participation to attendees.