Ouidah, Benin – About thirty staff members from the National Assembly of Benin gathered in Ouidah on 11 and 12 September 2015 for a workshop on the theme “What parliamentary administration for the Seventh Parliament? “.
This workshop was organised in the framework of the joint AWEPA-NIMD programme in Benin, aiming at strengthening the capacities of the National Assembly and political parties.
The objectives of the workshop were to identify the strengths and weaknesses of the parliamentary administration during the Sixth Parliament (2011-2015) as well as the opportunities and obstacles for its better functioning during the Seventh Parliament (2015-2019), but also to identify priorities and actions towards strengthening the parliamentary administration during the seventh legislature.
The workshop was opened by the First Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly, Hon. Eric Houndété, who emphasised the fundamental role played by parliamentary staff in the execution of the Parliament’s constitutional tasks. Moreover, he assured all the participants of the willingness of the National Assembly’s leadership to create the conditions for a modern and efficient parliamentary administration.
The two-day proceedings allowed the participants to identify priority actions for improving the performance of the parliamentary administration during the 7th parliamentary term, including the review of internal rules and regulations, the development of a strategic plan for capacity strengthening as well as an administrative and financial management manual. These recommendations were subsequently transmitted to the leadership of the National Assembly for mid-term concrete actions.