Newly elected LI bureau convenes for strategy meeting in Barcelona

Members of the newly-elected Liberal International Bureau representing 11 countries came together in Barcelona, Catalonia last weekend to begin the process of identifying LI’s political direction over the coming years.

Chaired by LI president, Dr Juli Minoves, the new Bureau worked over the weekend at a strategy planning meeting to identify areas of expertise and which projects will be worked on over the coming months. The strategy meeting also included a special briefing on the use of social media.

On Sunday, the Bureau discussed LI’s activities for the coming year, including the 199th Executive Committee meeting, hosted by the Democratic Alliance (DA – LI full member) in Johannesburg, South Africa on 27-19 October. This will be the first time that LI has held a statutory meeting in Sub-Saharan Africa for 5 years and with the DA’s staggering electoral success in recent years. Liberals world-wide will have much to gain from networking with their South African colleagues. The bureau also launched discussions about the awarding of the 2017 Prize for Freedom to laureate, lham Tohti, the Uyghur economist serving a life sentence in China on separatism-related charges.

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