Tara Sonenshine
Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs
Islamabad, Pakistan
May 30, 2012

U.S. Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs Tara D. Sonenshine joined U.S. Ambassador Cameron Munter and National Assembly Speaker Dr. Fehmida Mirza today in Islamabad, to celebrate the opening of the Pakistan Institute for Parliamentary Service (PIPS).

The inauguration, said Under Secretary Tara Sonenshine, “is not only a long term investment in Pakistan’s future but a perfect symbol of our mutual commitment to democratic and transparent government.”

By sharing information between democracies, she continued, “we can strengthen our democracies at home.”

The Institute will be housed in a $11.5 million, four-floor facility built and furnished by the U.S. Government. As an independent research and training center for all of Pakistan’s legislative bodies, it will give elected parliamentarians and staff of the national parliament and provincial assemblies the opportunity to strengthen their professional capabilities and continue to build their knowledge of the parliamentary process.

“The more informed that legislators are,” said Under Secretary Sonenshine, “the more informed their decisions will be – which will be to the benefit of all Pakistani citizens.”