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Knesset conference

Israeli lawmakers are hosting representatives from 25 countries and organizations at the largest conference of its kind in the Knesset’s history.

By: United with Israel Staff

The Knesset, the Israeli parliament, is hosting the Conference for Heads of Parliamentary Administration, with representatives coming from 25 countries and organizations.

Representatives from Armenia, Belarus, Brazil, Canada, Cyprus, the Council of Europe, the Czech Republic, the European Parliament, Germany, Ghana, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Mexico, Moldova, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Rwanda, Sweden, Switzerland, Uganda, and Ukraine convened at the Knesset to learn about its special projects and achievements.

The conference, the largest ever held in the Knesset, is attended by 49 senior members of parliamentary administrations and is being hosted by the Director General of the Knesset, Albert Sakharovich, and the Secretary General of the Knesset, Yardena Meller-Horovitz.

Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein, who opened the conference, said “the Knesset’s initiative to host such a large conference, and the fact that we are among the few parliaments in the world who have done so, demonstrates the high regard in which we are held by parliaments around the world.”

“People are coming from around the world to hear about the work of the Knesset and discuss how to advance parliaments around the world. This is a great honor to the Knesset and its capabilities, as well as to the State of Israel in its seventieth year of independence,” he added.

The guests are attending panels on accessibility and the Knesset initiative to establish an inter-parliamentary forum on the subject, transparency, parliamentary oversight, the Green Knesset project, the Knesset Guard, media and public affairs, the Knesset Visitors Center, and more.

In addition, the guests will tour the Western Wall and the Yad Vashem Holocaust museum in Jerusalem, and Beit Hatfutsot heritage museum in Tel Aviv, among other sites.

Ilana Trombka, the Jewish, Hebrew-speaking Secretary General of the Brazilian Parliament, said ”I never dreamed the day would come when I would speak here in the Knesset, in Hebrew, as an official representative of Brazil.”

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