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NZ congratulates Inter-Parliamentary Union Secretary-General

New Zealand congratulates Inter-Parliamentary Union Secretary-General

21 March 2014

The New Zealand Parliament today congratulates Mr Martin Chungong on his appointment to post of Secretary-General to the Inter-Parliamentary Union. Mr Chungong was elected at the 130th IPU Assembly held in Geneva, Switzerland, 16 - 20 March 2014, at which Hon Tau Henare MP, Sue Moroney MP and Dr Kennedy Graham MP were present.

Mr Chungong is skilled in promoting the role of parliamentarians in peace and international cooperation. He has twenty years of experience with the IPU, including leading the IPU Secretariat’s largest division, the Division of Programmes, and as Deputy Secretary-General. Mr Chungong has been active in the Pacific Region, including negotiating key political agreements in Fiji. Prior to joining the IPU, he spent fourteen years working for the National Assembly of the Republic of Cameroon.

“The New Zealand Parliament welcomes Mr Chungong to this significant role and looks forward to our on-going engagement with IPU ”, says Rt Hon David Carter, Speaker of the House of Representatives. “I know that Mr Chungong will continue to direct an ambitious and strategic IPU programme to strengthen parliaments and promote democracy amongst its 164 members.”

“I also offer our best wishes to Mr Anders B Johnsson, who served for four terms, and I thank him for ensuring the voices of New Zealand and the Pacific Region were heard within the IPU during his tenure.”

Mr Chungong has been appointed for a four-year term.

ENDS

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