Speaker of the National Assembly, Hon. Prof. Peter Katjavivi (right) in a meeting with the newly appointed KAS Resident Representative, Natalie Russman (left)
|Story by George Sanzila
Windhoek - Speaker of the National Assembly, Hon. Prof. Peter Katjavivi has reiterated the importance of technology in the work of the legislature particularly now that the COVID 19 pandemic has disrupted its normal activities. Hon. Katjavivi said this today (04/02/2021) when he met the newly appointed Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS) Resident Representative, Natalie Russman at parliament.
KAS has been supporting Parliament in some of its e-parliament initiatives such as the transformation of the parliament website. The development partner is further engaged in facilitating the training of parliament research staff among other support programmes. According to the Speaker, these types of initiatives would boost the activities of parliament, that opens its business virtually next week Tuesday. He further noted that there is a need for broadening the cooperation to include the training of members of parliament on the usage of ICT tools and infrastructure necessary to fully realise the goal of a paperless parliament. This, he says would help the legislative body fulfill its mandate of lawmaking and oversight.
Russman who acknowledged the continuous good partnership that exist between the two bodies, promised to continue to assist parliament in any way possible. She noted that the organization will further carry on with its facilitation role of linking the Namibian Parliament with the German Bundestag for exchange of expertise.