The National Assembly of the Parliament of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana and the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia have signed a Partnership Agreement between the two Assemblies. The Delegation include the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia, Hon. Linda Reid, MLA, accompanied by Mrs Kate Ryan-Lloyd, Deputy Clerk of the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia, and Mr. Rob Sutherland, Director of the Hansard Department of the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia. The Partnership Agreement will foster the development of inter-parliamentary co-operation between the two Assemblies. At the signing, Speaker of Guyana’s National Assembly Dr. Barton Scotland, CCH, MP explained that the initiative serves to improve understanding of the functions of both institutions, particularly in the fields of legislation, culture, economics, health, science and technology, and generally reinforce greater friendship, goodwill and mutual understanding of traditions, customs, procedures and practices of each House. The Hon. Linda Reid, Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of British Colombia noted that Guyana and British Colombia already enjoy many opportunities to exchange information about the work of their Parliaments at conferences, seminars and exchange visits. Hon. Speaker Reid signalled the hope that the agreement will promote increasing connections between the two jurisdictions. Under the terms of the Partnership Agreement, the two Assemblies will actively work towards developing the professional relationships between the two Assemblies through: a. Exchange of information regarding the work of the two Assemblies on matters of common interest; b. Professional development activities between the Assemblies; c. Exchange of visits between the two Assemblies as a means of fostering links between parliamentarians and parliamentary staff; and d. Meetings between representatives of the Assemblies at conferences or seminars they may attend. The Hon. Linda Reid, while in Guyana, will took the opportunity to distribute toys to children of the Ruimveldt Children's Home and Care Center and Mahaica Children's Home.