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Parliamentary delegation from Zambia calls on Lok Sabha speaker

Parliamentary delegation from Zambia calls on Lok Sabha speaker

New Delhi, Feb 2 (UNI) A parliamentary delegation led-by Speaker of the National Assembly of the Republic of Zambia Nelly Butete Mutti, called on Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla at the Parliament House Complex here on Thursday.

Welcoming the delegation, Birla congratulated Mutti on being elected the first woman Speaker of the National Assembly of Zambia.

Referring to India as the mother of democracy, the Speaker said that India is the largest and most vibrant democracy in the world where more than 90 crore voters elect 545 Members of the Lok Sabha.

He said that in the House, public representatives give voice to the hopes, aspirations and concerns of the people.

Speaking on India's development journey, Birla said that democracy has contributed immensely in the nation's progress.

He added that in the last seven decades, the Parliament of India has made several socially and economically progressive laws in order to solve the problems of different sections of society.

Referring to the extensive Committee system in the larger Indian parliamentary system, Birla said that the legislature is empowered due to the Committee system, leading to higher accountability and transparency; thereby strengthening parliamentary oversight.

Describing bilateral relations between India and Zambia as being historically based on mutual and multifaceted cooperation, the Speaker said that in the 21st century the friendly relations between the two countries have been strengthened and expanded to several new areas of cooperation.

Referring to India as the fastest growing economy in the world, Birla expressed joy that bilateral trade and investment between India and Zambia is also growing steadily.

Mentioning India's G-20 presidency, Birla said that the G-20 is a major forum for international economic cooperation and India intends to use this forum to address the important issues of developing nations and the Global South. In this context, he added that this year India is also organizing the P-20 Conference.

The Speaker informed that as per the concept of 'Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam', India sees the whole world as one family and therefore this year, the theme of G-20 is 'One Earth, One Family, One Future'.

He added that India would seek effective resolution of major global affairs through this forum and was looking forward to Zambia's active cooperation in this direction.

Describing parliamentary institutions as an important pillar of democratic governance, Birla stressed on regular dialogue between the two countries.

UNI DS RKM

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