Key opportunity to discuss UK-Nicaragua relations with Assembly members
On 22 October, BGIPU and the Nicaraguan Embassy co-hosted a virtual bilateral meeting between members of the UK Parliament and the Nicaraguan National Assembly. The British delegation was made up of Andrew Rosindell MP, Mark Menzies MP, Catherine West MP, Rt Hon Jeremy Corbyn MP and Baroness Hooper. The meeting was moderated by HE Guisell Morales-Echaverry, Nicaraguan Ambassador to the UK who was joined by Nicaraguan National Assembly Members Maritza Espinales, Wilfredo Navarro, Florence Levy Wilson, and Mario Asensio Florez.
Both parties recognised the importance of virtual meetings in the absence of international travel and expressed thanks that they are still able to exchange views and engage constructively online. The Nicaraguan delegation gave a presentation which outlined the current political composition of the National Assembly and emphasised the role that women play in the legislature, noting that the majority of committees are now chaired by women. They also provided UK Members with details of Nicaragua’s pandemic response and explained that Members of the National Assembly have continued to meet physically throughout the pandemic.
Both delegations emphasised the importance of continual collaboration in healthcare, the environment and education. They also echoed one another’s desire to nurture the relationship and to visit one another’s Parliaments once international travel resumes.