The Head of State, His Excellency, President Dr. Hage Geingob (left) together with the Speaker of the National Assembly, Hon. Prof. Peter H. Katjavivi (middle) and the Chairperson of the National Council, Margaret Mensah- Williams during the opening of Parliament
Story by George Sanzila
Speaker of the National Assembly, Hon. Prof. Peter H. Katjavivi has pledged continued cooperation between the legislature and government in a joint session involving all three Organs of the State to mark the opening of the fifth session of the sixth Parliament by President Dr. Hage Geingob today (14/02/17).
According to Hon. Prof. Katjavivi, Parliament is the transmission belt for social development hence the need to redouble its efforts to ensure planned projects and programmes are implemented. “On the aspect of service delivery, Parliament will continue to work closely with our government to ensure that the programmes and projects that are initiated correspond to the actual needs of our people and that such programmes are aligned to national development plans and policies including the Harambee Prosperity Plan”, stressed Katjavivi.
The Speaker said the theme chosen for this year's Parliament session "Parliament working towards the attainment of Sustanable Development Goals (SDG's)" is befitting given the fact that the Namibian Parliament is part of a global network of Parliaments committed to the achievement of SDGs.
“The sustainability of mankind can be summarized in the 17 SDGs and a nation that can successfully achieve these will have had to commit itself to the wellbeing of its people. Most countries did not meet the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and they have taken a step back to examine where things could have gone wrong”, noted Katjavivi.
SDGs replaced the Millennium Development Goals that ended in 2015.
Despite financial headwinds currently experienced in the country that had also forced the opening to take place in Parliament Chambers amid a critical shortage of space, the Speaker noted that Parliament did an exceptional job in 2016 with very limited resources. He further welcomed a delegation from the United Kingdom Parliamentarians that are on invitation to conduct a capacity building training under the auspices of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) UK Chapter.
Over 40 bills are expected to be tabled in this year’s Parliament session.