Parliament to operate paperless in 2019

11 Feb 2019 14:50pm
WINDHOEK, 11 FEB (NAMPA) - The speaker of the National Assembly (NA), Peter Katjavivi announced on Monday that Parliament will go paperless this year, with Members of Parliament (MPs) expected to use their tablets during its proceedings.
Speaking at a media briefing at Parliament, Katjavivi explained that in addition to promoting efficiency, the move also aims to cut costs.
“Committees [MPs] come to parliament (and) sometimes leave their papers in the offices, then the secretary or whoever is in charge of the committee is compelled to go and photocopy additional papers and we have reached a point of where we need to have a culture of basically using technology to cut down on the costs,” Katjavivi said.
At the same event, the speaker also announced that the official opening of Parliament for the year 2019 will be on Wednesday.
As part of the new changes for 2019, Katjavivi further noted that a bus will be availed to MPs this year to transport them to communities in a bid to ‘take Parliament to the people’.
“It [bus] is transporting members of a particular committee, not committees, to the destination to carry out their outreach activities,” the speaker added.