Cotonou, Benin – Twenty Beninese parliamentarians conducted a series of public hearings between 13 and 16 April in eight municipalities across the country, namely Tchaourou, Djidja, Adja-Ouere, Aguégués, Bassila, Savalou, Lalo and Grand-Popo. The hearings included working sessions with locally elected officials, traditional leaders as well as representatives of decentralised State bodies. Sanitation, hygiene, health, security, agriculture and local taxation are some of the topics which were tabled. Public hearings and their results will serve to support the role of parliamentarians in monitoring State budget execution and, ultimately, gather input for the elaboration of the 2015 State budget.
Beninese parliamentarians already conducted public hearings in May 2013, in the framework of the joint AWEPA/NIMD programme “Bridging the gap between political parties and the Parliament“.
After successful participation in the 2013 hearings, Bernard Lesterlin, French MP and member of AWEPA, took part in this year’s hearings again. He chairs the Benin-France friendship group at the National Assembly of France and advocates for stronger ties between African MPs and their European peers.