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Ponta Delgada ,  July 21, 2008

Secretary of the Presidency in the annual meeting of the National Conference of State Legislatures

The regional secretary of the Presidency, Vasco Cordeiro, participates, from Tuesday, in the annual meeting of the National Conference of State Legislators (NCSL), which happens in the North American city of New Orleans till next Saturday.

The NCSL is considered, in the United States of America, like the representative of the regional powers before the Congress and the federal agencies, joining several thousands of participants originating from the several North American state administrations, as well as political representatives of other regions of the world, becoming, therefore, a privileged forum for the exchange of experiences and informations on the legislative options that are being adopted in these different regions.

For the four meeting days more than two hundreds of communications are scheduled on subjects related with the legislative activity, this year with particular distinction for the financial and economical situation and the answers that are being implemented to overcome the effects of the current financial instability, the current challenges for the health systems, the north American presidential elections of next November, and the policies addressed for innovation, among others.

Of the tens of invited speakers participating in the meeting, there stand out Marvin Odum, president of the oil producing company Shell, with a communication on the energetic needs in the future, Newt Gingrich, former president of the Chamber of Representatives of USA and author of “Contract with America”, from the Republican Party, Celinda Lake and Kellyanne Conway, two of the major north American specialists in soundings as well as one of the most accredited political analysts of the present, among others.

The National Conference of State Legislatures is an independent organization that has been developing its activity with the purpose of supporting the development of policies at state level.

For such, it tries to provide opportunities of share of experiences, support to the development of studies and technical solutions for the emergent problems which this kind of powers comes across at present.


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