Parliament Support Programme comes to an end

18 May 2017 19:10pm
WINDHOEK, 18 MAY (NAMPA) – The European Union (EU) Parliament Support Programme (PSP) has come to end after five years.
The N.dollars 21 million EU initiative sought to strengthen the National Assembly (NA) and National Council (NC) to exercise their constitutional mandate and promote greater engagement in the implementation of poverty.
A statement issued by PSP Coordinator, Johan de Waal on Thursday said the programme has strengthened the capacity of targeted Standing Committees within the NA and the NC whose mandate include overseeing of poverty reduction programmes.
“Post-election induction training for newly elected members of the NA and NC were held with the goal to ensure enhanced quality of their work,” the statement says.
The programme also enabled the reinforcement of transparency and accountability in the implementation of development projects, and created a freely available database containing all laws and regulations as amended.
The programme also focused on improving interaction between the standing committees and Parliament.
Various events and workshops were organised to ensure enhanced communication and regular knowledge exchange on poverty between relevant standing committees, civil society and academia.
A closing ceremony will be held in Parliament on Thursday, with the keynote address to be delivered by the Speaker of the National Assembly, Peter Katjavivi.