ISLAMABAD : U.S. Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs Tara Sonenshine joined U.S. Ambassador Cameron Munter and National Assembly Speaker Dr. Fehmida Mirza to celebrate the opening the Pakistan Institute for Parliamentary Service (PIPS).
The PIPS will be housed in a $11.5 million facility built and furnished by the U.S. government and will serve as an independent research and training center for all of Pakistan s legislative bodies.
This building is a gift from the American people, said Ambassador Munter in remarks at the ceremony, says a press release issued here on Wednesday. It is an expression of our deep partnership and commitment to democracy and the people of Pakistan, he added.
The four-floor, 55,000 sq. ft. facility houses state-of-the-art computer systems, offices, seminar rooms, a library, and an auditorium. The institute will support professional development and orientation programs for parliamentarians and staff and will provide data collection and research tools to help parliamentarians better serve the people with effective public policy.