ABIDJAN – United States Ambassador Terence McCulley joined National Assembly Speaker Guillaume Soro today for the reopening of the Speaker’s Office at the National Assembly following its rehabilitation. The United States Government provided over $300,000 to repair and furnish the office that had been severely damaged by fire in 2009 and looted during the 2010-2011 post-electoral crisis.
Support for the National Assembly is part of a comprehensive $30 million U.S. government effort to support institutional reform and capacity building in Côte d’Ivoire over the next six years. This includes the provision of equipment and short-term technical support as well as a five-year $13 million legislative strengthening project.
In his remarks, Ambassador McCulley said that, “a strong, independent National Assembly performing the essential functions of legislation, representation, and governmental oversight serves as a balance to the role of the executive branch and provides a voice to the people. This is a fundamental role in democratic Côte d’Ivoire.”