2017 visits and engagements

Session 5: 2017 Inward visits and engagements

Agent General of the Quebec Government Office in London, Christos Sorros (9 January 2017): Meeting with the Deputy Presiding Officer, Christine Grahame MSP

Rt Hon David Carter MP, Speaker of the New Zealand House of Representatives, and David Wilson, Clerk of the House (15 & 16 January 2017): Meetings with the Presiding Officer, Deputy Presiding Officers, MSPs and Scottish Parliament officials

Ambassador Maria Leissner, Secretary General of the Community of Democracies (31 January 2017): Meetings with the Deputy Presiding Officer, Linda Fabiani MSP, and the Convener of the Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee

Members of the Pakistani Provincial Assembly of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (1 & 2 February 2017): Meetings with MSPs and Scottish Parliament officials

Federico Pinedo, President of the Argentine Senate (2 February 2017): Meeting with the Presiding Officer, Ken Macintosh MSP

Seán Ó Fearghaíl TD, Ceann Comhairle (Speaker) of the Dáil Éireann (6 February 2017): Meeting with the Presiding Officer

Lord McFall of Alcluith, Senior Deputy Speaker of the House of Lords (6 February 2017): Meeting with Deputy Presiding Officer (Christine Grahame MSP)

His Excellency Mr Kristóf Szalay-Bobrovniczky, Ambassador of the Republic of Hungary (23 February 2017): Courtesy call with the Presiding Officer

Members of the Committee on Economy, Budget and Finance of the Parliament of Montenegro (23 & 24 February 2017: Meetings with the Deputy Presiding Officer (Linda Fabiani MSP), MSPs and Scottish Parliament officials

Senators from the Roads and Transportation Committee of the Senate of the Parliament of Kenya (8 & 9 March 2017): Meetings with Convener and Members of the Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee, Scottish Parliament officials and Transport Scotland officials

Hon Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury MP, Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Chairperson and Speaker of the Parliament of Bangladesh, and Mr Akbar Khan, Secretary-General of the CPA (14 March 2017): Meeting with the Presiding Officer and MSPs

Members of the Canada-UK Inter-Parliamentary Association and Canada-Europe Parliamentary Association (16th & 17th March). Meeting with members of the Economy, Jobs and Fair Work Committee & Culture, Tourism, Europe and External Relations Committee.

Members and Officials from the Jordanian House of Representatives and the Moroccan House of Representatives (24th & 25th March). Meeting with the Presiding Officer and meetings with Scottish Parliament officials

Mr Pan Xinchun, Consul General of the People’s Republic of China in Edinburgh (28th March): Meeting with both Deputy Presiding Officers

His Excellency Mr Arkady Rzegocki, Ambassador of the Republic of Poland (30th March): Meeting with the Presiding Officer

Mr Jean-Marc Fournier, Minister for Canadian Relations and the Canadian Francophonie & Government House Leader, Government of Quebec (19 April 2017): Meeting with Deputy Presiding Officer (Linda Fabiani MSP) and Bruce Crawford MSP, Convener of the Finance and Constitution Committee

Members of the Pakistani Provincial Assembly of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (26 & 27 April 2017): Meetings with MSPs and Scottish Parliament officials

President of the Cantonal Parliament of Zurich, Dr Rolf Steiner, and Members of the Management Select Committee (27 April 2017): Meeting with the Presiding Officer, MSPs and Scottish Parliament officials

Secretary General and senior officials of the Secretariat of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine (28 April 2017): Meeting with the Clerk/Chief Executive and Scottish Parliament officials

Ms Anju Ranjan, Consul General of India (2 May 2017): Meeting with the Presiding Officer

Her Excellency Ms Mona Juul, Norwegian Ambassador to the UK (9 May 2017): Meeting with the Presiding Officer

Presiding Officer and Clerk/Chief Executive videoconference evidence session with the Senate Modernisation Committee of the Parliament of Canada (17 May 2017)

His Excellency Mark Regev, Ambassador of Israel (18th May 2017): Meeting with the Presiding Officer

His Royal Highness Prince Ghazi bin Muhammad of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan (23 May 2017): Meeting with the Presiding Officer

John Smith Fellows (24 May 2017): Meeting with the Presiding Officer and MSPs

Muhterem Aras Mdl, President of the Parliament of Baden-Württemberg and Members of the Executive Committee (25 May 2017): Meeting with the Presiding Officer and the Conveners and Members of the Economy, Jobs and Fair Work Committee and the Culture, Tourism, Europe and External Relations Committee

His Excellency Mr Armen Sarkissian, Ambassador of the Republic of Armenia (31 May 2017): Meeting with the Presiding Officer

Boston University Students (22 June 2017): Meeting and discussions with parliamentary officials

Emory University Students (27 June 2017): Meeting and discussions with parliamentary officials

Charles Hay, UK Ambassador to the Republic of Korea (29 June 2017): Meeting with Deputy Presiding Officer Christine Grahame MSP

Members of the Supreme Council of the Kyrgyz Republic (27 July 2017): Meeting with parliamentary officials and Ash Denham MSP  

Members of the Swedish Parliament's Committee on the Labour Market (7 September 2017): Meeting with Economy, Jobs & Fair Work Committee

Her Excellency Tamar Beruchashvili, Ambassador of Georgia to the UK (21 September 2017): Meeting with Deputy Presiding Officer Linda Fabiani MSP

Members of the Assembly of the Republic of Macedonia and civil society organisations (27 September 2017): Meeting with MSPs and parliamentary officials

Elin Jones AM, Llywydd (Presiding Officer) of the National Assembly for Wales (28 September 2017): Meeting with the Presiding Officer Ken Macintosh MSP and parliamentary officials

Steve Vemunavi Katjiunjo, High Commissioner of the Republic of Namibia to the UK (26 October 2017): Meeting with the Presiding Officer Ken Macintosh MSP

Members & officials of the Natural Resources and Climate Change Commission of the National Assembly of Venezuela (26 October 2017): Meetings with Graeme Dey MSP, Emma Harper MSP and Committee clerks 

Members of Legislative Assemblies from the Southern States of India (31 October 2017): Meeting with Joan McAlpine MSP Convener of the Culture, Tourism, Europe and External Relations Committee and Parliament Officials

Members of the Swedish Parliament (1 November 2017): Meeting with Members of the Culture, Tourism, Europe and External Relations Committee and Parliament Officials

Members of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey (2 November 2017): Meeting with Parliament Officials about the role of Committees and recent developments

Members of the NTL`s trade union in the Parliament of Norway (4 November 2017): Meeting with Officials regarding the role of the Scottish Parliament

Members of the Pakistani Provincial Assembly of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (8/9 November 2017): Meeting with Parliament Officials regarding Legislation, Business, Non-Government Bills, Financial Scrutiny and Induction training

Members of the Moroccan House of Representatives Committee on the Thematic Evaluation of Public Policies (8/9 November 2017): Meeting with Members of the Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee and Parliament Officials

John Smith Fellows (15 November 2017): Meeting with Deputy Presiding Officer Linda Fabiani MSP & Stewart Stevenson MSP

Her Excellency Ms Tiina Intelmann, The Ambassador of Estonia (16 November 2017): Meeting with the Presiding Officer Ken Macintosh MSP and evidence session with the Culture, Tourism, Europe and External Relations Committee

Chair of the Arctic Circle and Former President of Iceland, Ólafur Ragner Grimsson (21 November 2017): Meeting with the Presiding Officer Ken Macintosh MSP

Her Excellency Natalie Galibarenko, The Ambassador of Ukraine (23 November 2017): Meeting with the Presiding Officer Ken Macintosh MSP

His Excellency Mr Branko T. Neskovic, The Ambassador of Bosnia & Herzegovina (23 November 2017): Meeting with the Presiding Officer Ken Macintosh MSP

Right Honorable John Bercow MP, Speaker of the House of Commons and Elin Jones AM, Llywydd (Presiding Officer) of the National Assembly for Wales (24 November 2017): Tri-lateral meeting with the Presiding Officer Ken Macintosh MSP 

Jean-Pierre Jouyet, Ambassador of France (30 November 2017): Meeting with the Presiding Officer Ken Macintosh MSP

Honourable Dr Darryl Plecas MLA, Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia (6 December 2017): Meeting with Deputy Presiding Officer Linda Fabiani MSP

Honourable Dr Darryl Plecas MLA, Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia (7 December 2017): Meeting with Presiding Officer Ken Macintosh MSP

Ephraim Mirvis, Chief Rabbi to the UK & Commonwealth (13 December 2017): Meeting with the Presiding Officer Ken Macintosh MSP and Party representatives

Ricardo Martínez Vázquez, Consul General of Spain (13 December 2017): Meeting with the Presiding Officer Ken Macintosh MSP

Members of the National Peoples Congress of China Standing Committee (14 December 2017): Meeting with Deputy Presiding Officer Linda Fabiani MSP

Members of the Supreme Council of the Kyrgyz Republic (14 December 2017): Meetings with MSPs and Parliament Officials

Mr Asad Qaiser MPA, Speaker of the Pakistani Provincial Assembly of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (21 December 2017): Meeting with the Presiding Officer Ken Macintosh MSP

Session 5: 2017 Outward visits and engagements

Wilton Park: Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (24 February 2017): Meeting attended by Margaret Mitchell MSP

Legislative Assembly of Manitoba, Winnipeg; both Chambers of the Parliament of Canada, Ottawa; Tartan Day Parade, New York City: Presiding Officer, Clare Adamson MSP; and Edward Mountain MSP (2-9 April 2017)

Cardiff: British Isles and Mediterranean Region Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (6-8 April 2017): Annual conference attended by Gillian Martin MSP and Rhoda Grant MSP

Gibraltar: British Isles and Mediterranean Region Conference (21-24 May 2017): Conference attended by Bruce Crawford MSP, Margaret Mitchell MSP, Elaine Smith MSP & Tavish Scott MSP

St.Kitts & Nevis: Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Caribbean Region Conference (19-23 June 2017): Conference attended by Kenneth Gibson MSP

Entebbe, Uganda: Modern Slavery Project, Africa Regional Workshop (4-6 July 2017): Workshop attended by Ash Denham MSP

Bavaria: Presiding Officer led visit to the Bavarian State Parliament, Bayerischer Landtag (10-11 July 2017): Accompanied by Graeme Dey MSP, Joan McAlpine MSP & Gordon Lindhurst MSP

Ireland: British-Irish Parliamentary Assembly 54th Plenary Conference (16-18 July 2017): Conference attended by James Dornan MSP, Gordon MacDonald MSP, John Scott MSP, Pauline McNeill MSP & Ross Greer MSP

Brussels: British-Irish Parliamentary Assembly Committee B meeting (25 September 2017): Attended by John Scott MSP

Jersey: British-Irish Parliamentary Assembly (27-29 September 2017): Steering Committee meeting attended by Deputy Presiding Officer Linda Fabiani MSP

London: British Islands and Mediterranean Region Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians: Steering Committee meeting attended by Margaret Mitchell MSP

Liverpool: British-Irish Parliamentary Assembly (15-17 October 2017): 55th Plenary Conference, attended by Linda Fabiani MSP, John Scott MSP & Ross Greer MSP

Ottawa, Canada: Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (15-21 October 2017): 14th Canadian Parliamentary Seminar, attended by Kate Forbes MSP

Dhaka, Bangladesh: Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (1-8 November 2017): 63rd Commonwealth Plenary Conference, attended by James Dornan MSP & Elaine Smith MSP

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