PARLIAMENTARIANS ENGAGE IN DEBATE ON THE POST-2015 DEVELOPMENT AGENDA
The National Assembly, in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) organized a workshop on supporting parliamentarians to promote dialogue, influence, and monitor achievements of the post-2015 development agenda. The opening ceremony held on Monday 3rd November at the STC Conference Room convened a number of Ministers and high level dignitaries including the Minister for Finance, Trade and Investment, Mr. Pierre Laporte and the Minister for Labour and Human Resources Ms. Idith Alexander.
In his opening address, the Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly Hon. Andre Pool reiterated the need for Members’ strong commitment to contributing to the design, implementation and oversight of the post-2015 framework: “As a Parliament, striving for the best for our country and people remains one of our top priorities”.
He reminded those present that other critical challenges remain: promoting inclusive growth and decent jobs, good governance, property rights, freedom of expression and a free media, open political choice, peace and security, as well as environmental sustainability.
The workshop which convoked Members of the National Assembly, staff of the Secretariat and representatives of the UNDP, was facilitated by Mr. Charles Chauvel a former MP of the New Zealand parliament involved with Inclusive Political Processes at the UNDP. Mr. Chauvel commended the National Assembly of Seychelles for its leadership on the post 2015 agenda and for championing an ambitious vision of development in Seychelles.
At the end of the workshop, recommendations voiced throughout the day were considered and adopted by the plenary. The working group discussions revealed a need for improved data collection to produce reliable statistics in support of evidence-based policies. Other priorities included: the elaboration of an effective communications strategy to better sensitize constituencies about development priorities; consideration of the devolution of decision-making at a local level in favour of greater development; the need for the Assembly to attain administrative and financial autonomy and engaging NGOs in its debates and committee proceedings.