A Memorandum of Understanding affirming the desire to establish a Mano River Union (MRU) Parliament has been adopted by the Speaker of the House of Representatives of Liberia and the President of the National Assembly of the Republic of Guinea.
House Speaker Emmanuel Nuquay, and his Guinean counterpart, Claude Kory Kondiano, agreed to begin working with their respective heads of state and governments to solicit support for approval of the MRU parliament by the authority of the MRU.
The MOU, signed at a local hotel in Monrovia on Wednesday, petitioned Nuquay and Kondiano to establish a technical working group that will be charged with the responsibility of working on all issues, including communication, documentation and organization relating to the formation of the parliament.
According to the MOU, Nuquay is charged with the responsibility to convince the Speaker of the Parliament of the Republic of Sierra Leone to be present at the second meeting of the body which is scheduled for May 2017 in Guinea.
The MOU also obligates Kondiano to exert efforts to have the President of the National Assembly of Ivory Coast present at the May 2017 stakeholders meeting.
The MOU states that the second stakeholders meeting, which is expected to be held with Guinean President, Alpha Conde, who currently chairs the MRU Authority of Heads of State, is intended to put forth the agenda for the establishment of the MRU Parliament.
Under the MOU Nuquay and Kondiano are to solicit funding through their respective national budgets to support activities of the technical working group.
The MOU also requires Nuquay and Kondiano to work towards supporting the training of two staffers from the Liberian Legislature to learn French in Guinea, as well as two other staffers from the Guinean Parliament to learn English in Liberia.
The idea of establishing a MRU Legislative Parliament, which will comprise of Liberia, Guinea, Sierra Leone and Ivory Coast, was initiated by Liberia.