The Media Committee of the National Assembly have for the first time in the history of the institution expanded their mandate to include the culture & youth sector. The Committee is now named the Media Youth & Culture Committee when the new Terms of Reference was approved by the Assembly after it was presented to the House through a Motion by the Chairperson of the Committee, Hon. Gervais Henrie last week.
The Standing Committee was created back in 2012 with the mandate to ensure proper, fair, dignified and unbiased coverage of the proceedings of the National Assembly.
To streamline with commonwealth parliaments and the values of transparency, good governance and accountability, the committee discussed the need to expand their mandate to provide oversight over these two sectors, as well as responding to the important impact of the creative industries in the country’s development. In response to the UNESCOs report on the creative industries, the Committee have identified that the industry of media and culture is a key component for the economic development of the country. The Committee also values the importance of taking into account the current challenges facing the young population, and as one of the arms of Government, an oversight role on this sector is primordial for the proper management of youth affairs nationally.
Going forward, the Committee plans to establish relations with Ministries, Departments and Agencies linked to Youth & Culture to ensure monitoring and analysis of policy, administration and the budget of these sectors. The scope of work will also include making reports and recommendations, site visits, inquiries, as well as study and make proposals for the review of legislation within these portfolios.
The Media, Youth & Culture Committee is a standing Committee which comprises of the following Members; Hon. Gervais Henrie, as Chairperson, Hon. Flory Larue, as Vice-Chairperson, Hon. Jany De Letourdi, Hon. Paul Ernesta, Hon. Chantal Ghislain, Hon. Simon Gill and Hon. Wavel Woodcock. A large part of the work of the Members of the National Assembly takes place in Committees that are constitutionally empowered; where policy issues are considered, the work and expenditure of the Government is analysed and proposals for legislation examined and investigated.