New NDI headquarters opened [Archives:2005/823/Local News]

March 10 2005

Sheikh Abdullah bin Hussein al-Ahmer, Speaker of the Parliament and President of the Islah Party, inaugurated, the new headquarters of the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI) and one of its new branches, the Democracy Promotion Center, on March 3.

The centre which is devoted to educating members of parliament on the principles of parliamentary work.

In his speech, Sheikh al-Ahmer urged the institute to activate communication with the parliament and organize activities that help promote MPs' understanding of parliamentary work, to further bolster democracy.

Meanwhile, Robin Madrid, NDI director, welcomed Sheikh al-Ahmer and all the participants in the inauguration of the institute, pointing out the challenges before Yemen in different areas.

She explained the pressing need to know mechanisms of joint work, and exchange opinions among democratic institutions, within the community and among NGOs. That illustrates the importance of the parliament as a national establishment fostering democratic existence in the society.

Madrid briefed the attendants on the service to be provided by NDI and the DPC for MPs and political parties in terms of research capacities, library and digital literature, the Internet, all to add a significant contribution into democracy-enhancing studies.