Four members of Eastern Cape Legislature attending US summit

BY TAI CHISHAKWE - AUGUST 19, 2014

Four representatives from the Eastern Cape Provincial Legislature are attending a National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) summit in the United States, the legislature has said.

They are Deputy Speaker Bulelwa Tunyiswa, Chief Whip Mzoleli Mrara, Member of Provincial Legislature (MPL) Bobby Stevenson and Sizwe Mzamo.

The NCSL, which was established in 1975, is a bipartisan non-government organisation that serves the legislators and staff of the nation's 50 states, its commonwealths and territories. It is touted as a platform for exchanging ideas by state legislatures and to provide policymakers with a forum to research and discuss vital state or provincial issues.

The week-long summit is also being attended by thousands of legislative and government officials, business representatives and union members. 

The summit is a huge gathering of legislators from both sides of the aisle that provides research, technical assistance, and opportunities for policymakers to exchange ideas on the most pressing state issues and is an effective and respected advocate for the interests of state governments before Congress and federal agencies.

The Eastern Cape representatives are expected to learn from more than 100 learning sessions on topics such as health reform, budgets and taxes, jobs and the economy along with many other discussions which will be of benefit to the delegation.