The Association of Secretaries General met in Bern, Switzerland, from Monday 17 to Thursday 20 October 2011, in parallel with the 125th session of the Inter-Parliamentary Union. Further information on the session is now available under Past Meetings.
Venues for future ASGP meetings are as follows:
At its meeting on Tuesday 18 October, the ASGP elected Mr Marc Bosc, Deputy Clerk of the House of Commons of Canada, as its new President. Mr Bosc will take up his post from Thursday 20 October, after the close of the Bern meeting.
At its meeting on Tuesday 14 October, the ASGP elected Dr Hafnaoui AMRANI, Secretary General of the Council of the Nation of Algeria as its new President. Dr Amrani will take up his post from Thursday 16 October, after the close of the Geneva meeting.
At the ASGP session in Cape Town, Mr Brissi Lucas GUEHI, Secretary General of the National Assembly of Côte d’Ivoire, presented a communication on the African Network of Parliaments Staff 'Reseau Africain des Personnels des Parlements (RAPP)'. The main purposes of this network are to contribute to: parliament staff training; continuous improvement of their professional skills, and inter-parliamentary cooperation. 23 Parliaments and 16 countries, essentially African francophone states, are currently members. Further information on this Network is available at http://www.rappafrik.org.
A conference on 'Informing Democracy: Building Capacity to Meet Parliamentarians' Information and Knowledge Needs', organised jointly by the IFLA Section on Library and Research Services for Parliaments in cooperation with the IPU and ASGP, will be held in Geneva on Thursday 16 October 2008. Information about the conference is available on the 'Upcoming Meeting' page.
The next meeting of the ASGP will take place in Geneva between 13th and 16th October. There will be debates and communications on a number of interesting topics relating to parliamentary practice. Papers are available on the 'Upcoming Meeting' page. Papers from the ASGP's highly successful meeting in Cape Town in April are available on the 'Past Meetings' page.