Colombo, Oct 4 (newsin.asia) – Sri Lanka’s Speaker of Parliament, Karu Jayasuriya on Wednesday said that Sri Lanka would soon amend its parliamentary laws to fall in line with the best international practices and give more access to the public.
Addressing the 8th conference of the Association of SAARC Speakers and Parliamentarians in Colombo (ASSP), Jayasuriya said that Sri Lanka hoped to make its parliamentary mechanism more effective and efficient and provide access to the public. He said the national government would also soon introduce a new constitution which would benefit all communities.
He further explained that in line with new practices, a code of conduct for the Parliament Members had been drafted with the intention of regulating the conduct of all MPs in their official capacity as the representatives of the people.
“With all these new initiatives we firmly believe that the democracy of our Parliament will prosper. Our consensual government believes in working in agreement with all parties for the betterment of the country,” Jayasuriya said.
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, addressing the conference said that the ASSP Conference was held as the Sri Lankan Parliament celebrated its 70th anniversary.
He appreciated the attendance of the SAARC members and said Sri Lanka would soon introduce a new constitution which would strengthen democracy, bring national unity by addressing the issues which were at the heart of the ethnic question.
This year’s conference, organized by the Parliament of Sri Lanka, brought together Speakers and Parliamentarians from the SAARC countries.
The Conference is expected to provide a platform for the Parliamentarians of South Asia to work together to reach the 2030 agenda for Sustainable Development. The General Assembly also expects to hold discussions on “Promoting Parliamentary Diplomacy and Open Parliament in the age of digitalization” and “SAARC Parliamentarians’ role in preserving Cultural and Archaeological Heritage in South Asia Region”.