The visiting CPA-UK Delegation paying a courtesy call on President Hage Geingob at State house today (10/11/17). Fltr, Hon. Dr. Rupa Huq, Hon. Sir Peter Bottomley,President Hage Geingob, Speaker of the National Assembly, Hon. Prof. Peter Katjavivi, Hon. Baroness Barker and UK Ambassador to Namibia, H.E. Jo Lomas
|Story by George Sanzila
Speaker of the National Assembly, Hon. Prof. Peter Katjavivi together with the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, United Kingdom (CPA-UK) visiting Members of Parliament paid a courtesy call on President Hage Geingob at State house Friday (10/11/17).
Hon. Katjavivi noted that he was deeply gratified with the initiative as it would further deepen the bond between the two Parliaments. “We greatly value this engagement and especially the CPA-UK contribution and we look forward to deepen this collaboration between our two Parliaments. We view this as one of the strong pillars to help us to strengthen our commonwealth family”, noted the Speaker.
The Speaker noted that given the increase in the number of Namibian Parliamentarians, training was important to enhance the work of the legislative body. “There’s a great need for skills development for both staff and MPs. MPs have come from different backgrounds and the one day induction that we have at Parliament is not sufficient enough. We also have about 47% women representation in Parliament and therefore it is of significance to capacitate our women MPs as well”, said Katjavivi.
President Geingob was in agreement and stressed that Namibia is a child of international solidarity and therefore the collaboration was befitting.
The collaboration, known as the Strategic Parliamentary Partnership Programme (PPP) encompasses effective Parliamentary management and scrutiny of government policy, practices and budgets at national level as well as strengthening the skills of the Parliamentary secretariat. The programme, developed by the CPA – UK that will run for three years until February 2020 was born after the Namibian Speaker had visited Westminster and requested for collaboration between the CPA-UK and the Namibian Parliament.
Other UK Parliamentarians forming part of the delegation included, Hon. Barroness Barker and Hon. Dr Rupa Huq, both Members of Parliament in the House of Lords.
The workshop that started on Tuesday (07/11/17) ended on Friday (10/11/17)