On the 22nd of March, the Chairperson of the National Council, Hon. Sinimbo Lukas Muha entered into a historic cooperation agreement with the Federal Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation, in Moscow, Russia.
The signing of the cooperation agreement stems from Her Excellency, Mrs. Valentina Matviyenko, Chairperson of the Federal Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation’s official visit to Namibia in February 2020, which resulted in the proposed draft Agreement in August of 2021 that has now resulted in the Cooperation Agreement.
At the occasion, Hon. Muha expressed gratitude to his predecessor, Hon. Bernard Songa Sibalatani for having worked on the inception of the agreement. Furthermore, the Chairperson stated that the Cooperation Agreement will facilitate Inter-Parliamentary interaction and cooperation at the level of Members of Parliament and staff. This will include exchange of information and work processes relating to oversight and law making. The agreement also aims to streamline participation in international Parliamentary bodies such as the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) as well as the Pan African Parliament (PAP).
The signing of this Cooperation Agreement takes place at the right time after the Russia-Africa Parliamentary Conference has just concluded. The modern paradigm of multipolar democracy can best be nurtured through agreements of this nature where Parliaments can play a significant role at bilateral and multilateral levels.
During his official visit, Hon. Muha paid homage to the tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Moscow where he laid a wreath in memory of the fallen soldiers. The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is a war memorial dedicated to the Soviet soldiers killed during World War II.