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Moldova LFP Alumna Mariana Buruiană Hosts Chief of Staff From Legislative Office of Oregon

November, 28 2013

Legislative Fellows Program (LFP) Mariana Buruiană hosted her supervisor, Kevin Moore, Oregon State Legislative Office Chief of Staff, in Moldova for almost two weeks as a part of her program outbound project.

"When Kevin and I were discussing the project I was going to implement upon my return to Moldova, we thought…[if we were to] bring U.S. best practices to the Republic of Moldova…[we could] enhance capacities of developing legislative projects to professionals from local public administration and Parliament, and provide professionals from Moldova with new ideas to develop socio-economic projects,” said Mariana.

Mariana’s project aims to provide Moldova’s legislative representatives with essential information about role of local governments through the U.S. legislative model and initiate common legislative projects between Moldova and U.S.

While in the U.S., Mariana and Kevin met with local officials and attended trainings about Oregon’s healthcare system, the recent presidential campaign for Barack Obama, and the role of state politics in U.S. legislature. The pair also attended round table events, local conferences, and visited different institutions in the legislative field.

While in Moldova, Kevin met with Chisinau City Mayor Dorina Chirtoacă and Liberal Party of Moldova President, Mihai Ghimpu—who also served as the Speaker of Moldovan Parliament (2009 - 2010) and Acting President (September 2009 - December 2010). Kevin also met with officials from the Moldovan health system, local public representatives, staff from the United Nations, judicial sector officials, and leaders and youth members of various political parties. He visited the Old Orhei archeological complex, Curchi Monastery Complex, Milestii-Mici (the biggest wine underground cellar in the world), as well local universities, museums, and theaters.

During his stay, Kevin was hosted by Open World Program alumnus Judge Alexandru Gafton.

“My time with the Gafton family was deeply enriching, for me personally and professionally. Around the dinner table and on weekend excursions, we shared experiences of the day and of our respective lives in Moldova and the states. Of particular interest to me was to gain perspective on politics in the country. The family shared this with me, not partisan but rather a perspective on a system very foreign to the U.S,” said Kevin.

Click here to learn more about Mariana’s outbound project.

Source: www.americancouncils.org

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