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Abuja hosts first MPs summit

29 October 2013, 07:36Augustine Osayande

Abuja - Legislators from the continent will next month converge in Abuja for the inaugural Africa Legislative Summit.

The National Institute for Legislative Studies (NILS) is organizing the event, which will be held on November 10-13 under the theme, “Emerging Legislatures in Africa: Opportunities and Challenges.”

The President of the Senate, Senator David Mark, in his speech to officially unveil the logo of the summit, said the summit aimed to encourage legislators across the African continent to develop themselves so as to deliver on effective representation that brought about development to their constituencies.

“Members of Parliament need to develop confidence and a sense of commonality across the Africa region. MPs need to define Africa’s interests and realise those interest within the global communities,” he said.

He said the Africa Legislative Summit was therefore being instituted as a medium for legislators and stakeholders to achieve developmental goals.

“It is my hope and aspiration that the summit becomes an influential and effective institution in African and global politics,” he added.

President of the Summit, Senator Victor Ndoma- Egba, said that the event would provide a platform of interaction for African Parliamentarians to exchange experiences and thoughts on their respective economies and democracies.

“The intent of the summit, among other aims, includes addressing challenging issues confronting legislatures of developing countries such as the procedures of legislation, the limitations of oversight duties, the existent gap created by the absence of needed technology for enhancing regional integration” he added.

– CAJ News


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