Namibia, UK MPs build capacity in legislative scrutiny

10 Nov 2017 06:20am
WINDHOEK, 10 NOV (NAMPA) – Namibian Members of Parliament (MPs) are engaged in a three-day capacity building training programme initiated by a delegation of MPs from the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association in the United Kingdom.
The programme, which was launched here on Thursday, focuses on information sharing regarding principles of parliamentary scrutiny, examining the process of making and scrutinising legislation and general legislative processes.
The aim is for the MPs to increase their skills and acquire knowledge on the passing of bills in parliament for both Namibia and the UK.
Speaking at the opening, Member of the UK House of Commons and delegation leader, Peter Bottomley highlighted the importance of legislative scrutiny for a good democracy.
He added that effective legislative scrutiny is a key part of an elected parliamentarian’s duty.
Through this programme, the MPs from the two countries aim to improve parliamentary management and build capacity by encouraging diplomacy and also strengthening ties between Namibia and the UK.
The capacity building programme forms part of a long-term parliamentary partnership between Namibia and the UK which started in February 2017 and is expected to run until 2019.
Namibian MPs are also set to attend the Westminster Seminar on Parliamentary Practice and Procedure and the Westminster Workshop on Public Accounts Committees in London later this year.