The delegates and NC Staff During the Information Session and Introduction
|Story by Pamela Mate
The Kwazulu-Natal Legislature Standing Committee on Public Accounts and the Gauteng Oversight Committee on the Premier’s Office and the Legislature are on a study visit to Parliament. The two-fold study visit has MPs from the two Provincial Legislatures in the country for a week to benchmark best practices here in Namibia.
The main objectives of the undertaking by the Gauteng Legislature is to learn and share information on mechanisms applied in Namibia on issues related to public participation in the law making process, assess strategies and techniques which may assist to implement governance best practices, accountability framework and standard, learn more on anti-corruption programmes implemented as well as to exchange ideas and information related to oversight and accountability. Meanwhile, the delegates from Kwazulu-Natal have their focus on sharing ideas on how to strengthen public financial management and transparency, learn from Namibia’s models of IT to check accountability as well as to examine Namibia’s systems of procurement.
At the start of their visit yesterday, an information sharing session was held were the members were taken through the mandate, functions and role of the National Council before they embarked on a tour of Parliament, going through the chambers of the National Council and the National Assembly. The visitors where then treated to a tour around the City, to places such as the Incubation Centre in Katutura where they engaged the SME operators on the challenges and opportunities of small business enterprise in Namibia.
The delegation is expected to engage various Standing Committees of both houses of Parliament as well as several officials from government institutions during their one week study visit.