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Speaker Visits Development Projects In Kavango West

Speaker of the National Assembly, Hon. Prof. Peter Katjavivi (left) at the Sikondo irrigation project. On the extreme right is Kavango west Governor, Hon. Sirka Ausiku
  Story by George Sanzila

Speaker of the National Assembly, Hon. Prof. Peter Katjavivi has embarked on an outreach programme covering the regions of Kavango west and east and Omaheke. Read more >>>

National Council Standing Committee on Urban and Rural Development Assess Effectiveness of Decentralization Policy, 19 May 2017

The National Council Standing Committee on Urban and Rural Development Committee Chairperson Hon. Phillipus Katamelo (center) made his contribution to the Education Ministry's presentation on their implementation of the Decentralisation Policy
  Story by Pamela Mate

The National Council Standing Committee on Urban and Rural Development held a briefing session with the Ministry of Education to gauge their implementation of the decentralization policy. The Education Ministry shared with the members present the challenges and progress made thus far. The decentralize process is said to be taking too long to come into full effect. The members called for the process to be implemented at all levels of government and for Regional Councils to be considered an integral part of the process as they are the eyes and ears of the regions. The members also called on harmonizing the Public Service Act and the Regional Council Act to address the communication gaps and break down in reporting lines often experienced between the central government and Regional Councils. On their part, the representatives from the Ministry of Education stressed the importance of ownership and accountability, noting that in as much as regions call for decentralization; capacity building is equally important and needs to be catered for to make the policy a reality.

The Education Ministry assured the gathering that they are working hard in decentralizing the activities of their Ministry and have made significant strides to this effect.

Parliament website launched today, 19 May 2017

Members of Parliament and stakeholders attending the launch of the Parliament website
 

Story by Ndahafa Kaukungua

Speaker of the National Assembly, Hon. Prof. Peter H. Katjavivi officially launched the Parliament of Namibia website on 19 May 2017. Read more >>>

The National Council Launched its Customer Service Charter, 10 May 2017

 
 

Story by Immanuel Kooper

Customer Service Charters are tools for Institution’s Management and staff to continuously improve service delivery to the general public and other stakeholders, whether it be across the counter, via the telephone or through electronic means. Institutions including Parliaments are recognizing the benefits of customer service charters and various models have been adopted to reshape a client-focused, open and accountable entity. The National Council therefore has also recognized the benefits of using Customer Service Charters as a tool to drive this cultural change, noted the Chairperson Ms Margaret Mensah-Williams. On her part during the launch, the Secretary of the National Council said; “This charter explains what we do and how we provide our services. It has been developed in consultation with staff members. We set out our service commitments, and we seek your feedback and advice to help us improve our service”. The Secretary sincerely thanked the Office of the Prime Minister; Department Public Service Management for their guidance and acknowledge the collective contribution and efforts made by all staff members throughout the development process of the charter. She invite any comments and suggestions to be Send via email or be dropped in the Suggestion Box at the entrance of the National Council.

RESUMPTION OF THE NATIONAL COUNCIL, 09 MAY 2017

NATIONAL COUNCIL
 

 

The National Council will resume its Session on Monday, 08 May to Wednesday, 24 May 2017 at 09h30 to consider the following Bills which have been referred to it by the National Assembly and any other business.

The National Assembly has passed and referred the following Bills to the Council:

  1. Appropriation Amendment Bill (B. 7 – 2017)
  2. Nature Conservation Amendment Bill (B. 22 – 2016)
  3. Access to Biological and Genetic Resources and Associated Traditional Knowledge Bill (B. 4 - 2017)
  4. Witness Protection Bill (B. 2 – 2017)

National Council Media Open Day a Resounding Success, 08 May 2017

 
 

Story by Pamela Mate

The National Council held its first ever Media Open Day on Monday, 8 May 2017. The event was organised in an effort to strengthen the existing relationship between the National Council and the media as well as touch on inaccuracies reported in the media in reference to the National Council, National Assembly as well as Parliament as a whole. Read more >>>

 

Media Release

LAUNCH OF THE NEW PARLIAMENT WEBSITE, 19 MAY 2017

 
The Speaker of the National Assembly, Hon Prof Peter Katjavivi herewith invites media practitioners to attend and cover the launch of the new website of the Parliament of the Republic of Namibia, which take place tomorrow, 19 May 2017, at 10h00. Download the document >>>

Parliamentary Standing Committees' Visits To The Regions, May 08 - June 05, 2017

NATIONAL ASSEMBLY
 
Parliamentary Standing Committees are modules of organisation within legislatures that provide greater freedom for in-depth analysis of issues making it possible for Members of Parliament and ultimately the parliament itself to perform the core functions of law making, oversight and representation. Download Media Release >>>

National Assembly Goes on Recess, 28 April 2017

NATIONAL ASSEMBLY
 

The 5th session of the 6th Parliament breaks for May recess yesterday, 27 April 2017. Download Document >>>

BUDGET PROGRAMME 2017/2018

NATIONAL ASSEMBLY
 

Compiled by Table Office

Note that this is not a final copy. There would be changes made to it occasionally; i.e, Ministers may be coming to tell us to change or swap their dates with someone else because they would not be available on the said date. Download the Programme

2017 OPENING STATEMENT BY HON. MARGARET MENSAH-WILLIAMS, MP CHAIRPERSON OF THE NATIONAL COUNCIL, 15 FEBRUARY 2017

NATIONAL COUNCIL
 

It is with God`s Grace that I bid you all, Honourable Members, a cordial welcome back to this august House for the first time in this calendar year, 2017. I hope that you have spent the much needed quality time with your loved ones, even though our work as councilors never ceases, I am nevertheless hopeful that you have rested well and ready once again to build upon the momentum this house gained in 2016. Download Document >>>

Committee Notices

PUBLIC HEARINGS ON THE LOCAL AUTHORITIES AMENDENT BILL (B.12 - 2015)

NATIONAL COUNCIL
Published on: 16 January 2017

The National Council has referred the Public Private Partnership Bill [B.24-2016] to a Select Committee on 01 December 2016 to scrutinize the provisions of the Bill and report its findings, conclusions and recommendations to the House on or before 23 February 2017. Read more >>>

Presiding Officers


Hon. Prof. Peter Katjavivi, MP

Speaker of the National Assembly


Hon. Margaret Mensah-Williams, MP

Chairperson to the National Council

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