The Commonwealth Parliamentary Association United Kingdom Branch (CPA UK), in partnership with the Parliament of Namibia, will deliver a program that aims to support effective parliamentary scrutiny.

Speaker of the National assembly of Namibia, Peter Katjavivi announced this on Tuesday during Namibia’s 5th session of the 6th Parliament opening in the capital, Windhoek, where the delegation from the UK Parliament, under the auspices of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) UK Chapter was present.

Katjavivi said the UK delegates are in the country to conduct a capacity building training program with Namibia.

The UK delegation brought expertise in parliamentary scrutiny from two Members of the House of Commons, David Mackintosh MP and Liz McInnes MP, as well as two Members of the House of Lords, Baroness Blackstone and Lord Purvis of Tweed.

According to the British High Commission, the key objective of the visit is to introduce and discuss techniques and methods for conducting scrutiny, with the aim of increasing the technical capacity of parliamentarians.

“As such, the program will look in detail at oversight through committee management; legislative scrutiny; and, in particular, scrutiny of practices and policies,” British High Commission, Political and Press Officer, Hans-Christian Mahnke added.

“The delegation will draw on their experience of the UK committee system and questions and debates in the Chambers, to discuss effective processes of scrutiny with parliamentarians from both the National Assembly and the National Council,” Mahnke said.

According to Mahnke, CPA UK is keen to strengthen bilateral relations between the Parliament of Namibia and CPA UK and to encourage further engagement through parliamentary strengthening programs. Enditem

Source: Xinhua/


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