Parliamentary Unions and Friendship Group
Establishment of Friendship Group
1/ The House may establish friendship groups that communicate with counterpart friendship groups of parliaments of various countries.
2/ Each friendship group shall have from nine to eleven members, including the chairperson and the deputy chairperson, who shall be elected by the House.
3/ Every friendship group shall be accountable to the Foreign Affairs Standing Committee.
4/ Notwithstanding the provision of this Article, the House may organize friendship groups continentally, sub-continentally or at regional level, according to the circumstances.
Duties and Responsibilities of Friendship Groups
Friendship groups shall have the following duties and responsibilities:
1/ to make efforts to create strong friendship and good relationship between the peoples’ of the countries;
2/ to co-operate, sharing experience and strengthen friendship between the counterpart parliaments;
3/ to build country image;
4/ to have awareness concerning the political, economic and social condition of the other country;
5/ to follow up, and sufficiently awarded of the current economic, social and political relationship between Ethiopia and the other country;
6/ to perform such other related activities.
Working Mechanism of Friendship Group
1/ Every friendship group shall collect country profile and important documents pertaining to the country with which it has established friendship group, and use these materials as resource.
2/ Every friendship group shall conduct its work according to plan and shall evaluate its work from time to time.
3/ A friendship group may, exchange gifts, where necessary, undertake studies, participate at various sitting either at home or abroad, and set up workshops.
4/ Every friendship group shall keep its documents properly and record its work by minutes.
5/ Each friendship group shall present its plan and report to the Foreign Affairs Standing Committee.
6/ Any friendship group may prepare rules of procedure concerning its work.
7/ The provisions of this Regulation regarding the code of conduct prescribed for committee members shall also apply to members of friendship groups, as necessary.
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