President of the Senate attends the 37th FOPREL Meeting

Belmopan. January 31, 2019. The President of the Senate, Honourable Lee Mark Chang, is in Panama attending the 37th Ordinary Meeting of Presiding Officers of National Parliaments of Central America and the Caribbean Basin (FOPREL). The highlight of the meeting which was held on 30th January 2019, was the official handing over of the Pro Tem Presidency of FOPREL from the Congress of Honduras to the National Assembly of Panama.

After the official handing over ceremony, the Speakers of the Congresses and National Assemblies of Honduras, Panama, El Salvador, Dominican Republic, Costa Rica, Mexico and Belize discussed and approved seven (7) Motions relating to legislative frameworks on areas such as climate change and exploitation of child labour among other things.

Participants also discussed and approved the strategic plan of FOPREL for the year of 2019. The Inter parliamentary Committee on Migration of FOPREL which is chaired by the Senate of Mexico also met and approved a resolution relating to the issue of migration. A report on the current legislations that member countries of FOPREL have on migration was also presented. The Honourable President of the Senate is being accompanied by Mrs. Clarita Pech, Deputy Clerk to the National Assembly.