World e-Parliament Conference report presented

19 Jun 2019 16:50pm
WINDHOEK, 19 JUN (NAMPA) – The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Information, Communication Technology and Innovation on Tuesday presented its report on the World e-Parliament Conference held in December last year, in the National Assembly.
The conference was held from 03 to 05 December 2018 in Geneva, Switzerland.
Committee chairperson Faustina Caley said the conference focused on how technology supports innovation in parliamentary processes by acting as a catalyst for modernisation, cultural change, greater transparency and more effective representation.
The report, presented by Caley, highlighted two featured launches - the new Centre of Innovation in Parliament (CIP) and the latest edition of the World e-Parliament Report (WePR).
According to the report, the CIP provides a platform for parliaments to develop and share good practices in digital implementation strategies, and practical methods for building capacity.
With regards to WePR, the report said digital technologies are firmly embedded with clearly identified governance and technology practices in most parliaments.
“It shows that parliaments want more inter-parliamentary cooperation, something the CIP is intended to address,” reads the statement.
The report said Members of Parliament (MPs) have to find a proper balance between technology adaptation and the involvement of citizens in deciding how this is going to shape democracy.
The report further said MPs told the conference digital technologies and social media have changed people’s lives in the last few decades, while on the other hand, parliamentarians expressed their dismay, saying they are experiencing the negative impacts of social media in their work, especially during the digital era.
MPs also had an opportunity to discuss new developments in parliament video as a tool to increase media exposure of the parliamentary work, alongside a national legislation database.
The four MPs who represented Namibia at the summit recommended that the local Parliament should design and implement a secure e-Parliament system, create a CIP, implement cloud-based technology to improve security and adopt document management system to support legislation processes.
Four MPs represented the Namibian Parliament.