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SADC countries hold meeting ahead of IPU Assembly

Speaker of the National Assembly, Hon. Prof. Peter Katjavivi making his contribution during the SADC Group of countries meeting

 

  Story by George Sanzila

Doha, Qatar - Members of Parliament from SADC countries represented at the Inter Parliamentary Union (IPU) General Assembly in Doha had a meeting last week to look at matters of regional interest ahead of the official opening of the assembly.

Apart from considering minutes of a similar meeting held in 2018 in Geneva, Switzerland, the geopolitical group intends to consider a report of its executive committee, vacancies open at the IPU and an emergency item that calls for international action to support SADC countries Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe that were recently hard hit by Cyclone Idai.

The Speaker of the National Assembly, Hon. Prof. Peter Katjavivi chaired a previous meeting of the SADC Group in 2018.

 

The transformation of the SADC PF into a regional Parliament will also form part of the discussions during the meeting.

The 140th IPU Assembly will run from 06 to 10 April in Doha, Qatar. Besides the Speaker of the National Assembly, the Namibian Parliament is represented at the event by Chairperson of the National Council, Hon. Margaret Mensah Williams, National Assembly MPs, Hon. Elma Dienda and Heather Sibungo and National Council lawmakers, Hon. Phillipus Katamelo and Rosalia Shilenga.

The IPU Assembly is a global organization of parliaments that brings together parliamentarians to identify international challenges and make recommendations for action. According to a statement released by the world parliamentary body ahead of the meeting, over 1600 parliamentarians, UN partners and experts from around the world are expected to attend the meeting to expound on issues such as gender equality, promotion of human rights and renewable energy among many others. This year’s overarching theme for the assembly is “Parliaments as platforms to enhance education for peace, security and the rule of law”.

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