A delegation of the National Assembly representing the Committee on Government Assurances (COGA) returned to Seychelles on Sunday following a five-day working visit to the National Assembly of Botswana.
The delegation was led by Hon. Gervais Henrie, the Chairperson of the Committee and the other members were the Vice-Chair, Hon. Clive Roucou, Hon. Simon Gill, Hon. Sandy Arissol, Hon. Sylvanne Lemiel, Hon. Norbert Loizeau and Hon. Wilbert Herminie.
COGA is a Standing Committee that scrutinises the assurances, promises and undertakings given by Ministers and other agents of Government in Parliament from time to time and report to the Assembly.
According to Hon. Henrie the visit was aimed at benchmarking the parliamentary practices and processes of Seychelles Parliament by increasing interaction with other parliaments.
The Seychellois parliamentary group met with the Speaker of the National Assembly, Gladys K.T. Kokorwe, who said she was delighted that the team had chosen Botswana for their benchmarking activity as it would serve to strengthen the already existing relations between Botswana and Seychelles.
“The committee on Promises, Undertakings, and Assurances, which COGA represents, is an important committee in the work of Parliament,” said Kokorwe.
The Seychelles delegation also met with the Chairperson of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence, Justice and Security, Major General Pius Mokgware and his committee. “It was interesting to learn how to deal with challenges faced by committees, such as human and financial resources,” said Hon. Henrie.
The group learned that Botswana Parliament had recently amended its Standing Orders to separate the Committee on Government Assurances from that of Foreign Affairs, Justice and Security Committee because the mandate was too broad.
A meeting with the Botswana Parliamentary Committee on Health on HIV chaired by Gilbert Mangole was also held ahead of the delegation’s visit to his constituency, Mochudi West. During that meeting, the two sides exchanged news on the latest political development in the two countries. Hon. Roucou who is also the Chairperson of the HIV and AIDS and Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) Committee said it was a rich experience to get acquainted with the work of a similar committee outside Seychelles.
A courtesy call was also paid on the Gaborone City Council where the delegation exchanged ideas about environmental protection and promoting gender equality. The acting Gaborone City Mayor, Sesupo Jacobs expressed his desire to develop cooperation with Victoria in various fields including tourism, issues on environment, and economic development as well as women representation, sports and education, among others. The delegation had the honor of accepting the letter of intent to be delivered to the Major of Victoria.
The delegation was accompanied by two secretariat staff, the Deputy Clerk, Mrs. Tania Isaac and the Senior Financial Officer, Mrs. Ghislaine Thelermont.