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Curtain comes down on EU funded support programme

Curtain comes down on EU funded support programme

The Delegation of the European Union and Namibian Parliament meet on 18 May to celebrate the closure of the EU funded Parliamentary Support Programme (PSP) in Windhoek.

The event marked the end of the programme and its achievements. During period, the EU put over EUR 1.7 million from 2012 to 2017.

The main mandate of this Programme was to strengthen the contribution of Parliament to the poverty reduction agenda by enhancing its efficiency and effectiveness and it also focused on improving interaction between the Standing Committees and Parliament on one hand, and civil society on the other.

According to a statement this week, various events and workshops have been organised to ensure enhanced communication and regular knowledge exchange on poverty between relevant Standing Committees, civil society and academia.

Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS) Representative to Namibia and Angola, Thomas Keller, and the EU Ambassador to Namibia, Jana Hybaskova made remarks on how the programme strengthened the capacity of targeted Standing Committees within the National Assembly and the National Council whose mandates include oversight of poverty reduction programmes.

Hon. Professor Peter H. Katjavivi, Speaker of the National Assembly, delivered the key-note speech whilst the closing remarks where delivered by Hon Margaret Mensah-Williams, Chairperson to the National Council

Meanwhile, in the statement it was noted that the Parliamentary Support Programme reported great progress during the five years of implementation. Katjavivi said, such as the post-election induction trainings for newly elected members of the National Assembly and the National Council were held with the goal to ensure enhanced quality of their work.

Furthermore, the Programme improved domestic accountability of the Parliament by creating a freely available database containing all laws and regulations, as amended, currently in force in the country. In addition the revamped Parliament website will be launched this week which includes the database of all acts and regulations.

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