The US Embassy in Nepal has organized the first of its kind Pre-professional Parliamentary Support Program (PPSP) from September 15 – 19, 2020.
The primary objective of the program is to teach lawmaking and public policy to the Nepali youth.
Recognizing that youth constitute 52% of the Nepali voting population, the US Embassy and the Pokhara Research Center (PRC) organized the online public-policy training for 50 youth aged 20-30 from all 11 districts of Gandaki Province.
US Ambassador Randy W. Berry inaugurated the PPSP Program on September 15, 2020.
“Youth not only have the right to be included in political decision-making, but their inclusion strengthens government. Bringing Nepal’s youth to the policy drafting table ensures that Nepal’s democracy represents all of its people,” said Ambassador Berry during the inauguration ceremony.
During the 5-day program, the participants were taught about various issues, including geopolitics, federalism, diplomacy, economic policy, and good governance.
The project organized three camps in order to winnow 50 participants to a final 12 who will be serving as advisors to Members of Parliament (MPs) in the Gandaki State Assembly. The finalists will support MPs’ research policy areas, draft parliamentary inquiries, prepare for parliamentary discussions, and arrange schedules.