Under the patronage of Hon Karu Jayasuriya, Speaker of the Parliament of Sri Lanka and in collaboration with the Strengthening Democratic Governance and Accountability Project (SDGAP) of USAID, the first in a series of capacity development programmes for the journalists of the Parliament was held on 16th and 17th of June, 2017 at The Heritance, Negombo and 41 Media personnel representing different state and private Media Institutions participated in the workshop.
The programme was chaired by Hon. Lasantha Alagiyawanna, Deputy Minister of Finance and Mass Media and was attended by Mr. Neil Iddawala, Chief of Staff and Deputy Secretary General of Parliament, Mr. Tikiri Jayathilake, Assistant Secretary General of Parliament and Ms. Danielle Reiff, Director, Office of Governance and Vulnerable Populations, USAID, Sri Lanka, along with a panel of officials from the Parliament Secretariat.
Sessions covering the basic Operating Principles of the Parliament of Sri Lanka, Services and logistics for journalists in Parliament and Reporting of Parliament were conducted by the Officials from the Parliament Secretariat. At the conclusion of the programme an interactive session was conducted to solicit information on needs and recommendations of the participating electronic and print media personnel. They welcomed the initiative taken by the Hon. Speaker to strengthen the Media Centre in Parliament and to open the Parliamentary Committee proceedings to the public.