African Clerks of Parliament Discuss Modernisation and Evidence-Based Practices

Clerks of Parliaments in Africa that are Members of the Commonwealth have on Thursday concluded a Professional Development Seminar in Arusha, Tanzania under the theme Repositioning Parliamentary Administration in the Era of Evidence and Modernisation.

Addressing fellow participants, Momodou A. Sise, Clerk of the National Assembly of the Gambia emphasised the important role of parliaments. He stated that parliaments function as the cornerstone of meaningful representative democracy, serving as the platform for expressing the will and aspirations of the people, enacting laws, and holding governments accountable.

Mr. Sise further highlighted the importance of well-trained and well-equipped parliamentary staff. He underscored that, particularly in the current era of evidence-based practices and modernisation, adequately trained staff are essential for providing the necessary support services that allow parliaments to effectively fulfil their core mandates of legislation, oversight, and representation.

Convened by the SoCATT Africa Region, the seminar aimed to equip Clerks of Parliaments with the tools needed to navigate the ever-evolving global landscape. By fostering the development of innovative ideas, participants explored strategies for adapting and effectively responding to contemporary challenges.

The seminar also provided a platform for Clerks to share experiences and develop common strategies in response to emerging opportunities arising from global and regional development trends. Furthermore, it promoted a culture of innovation, encouraging participants to explore new ideas and solutions for streamlining parliamentary operations.

The seminar concluded with the development of resolutions, which Clerks are expected to implement to address current and emerging challenges within parliamentary administration.