Deputy Speaker of Parliament Esther Mcheka-Chilenje has assured Malawians of improved Parliament deliberations following capacity building training that the Malawi Institute of Management (MIM) is providing to Members of Parliament (MPs).
Chilenje made the remarks yesterday during the Third Parliamentary Training Programme at MIM Campus in Lilongwe.
She pointed out that performance of the MPs has improved after similar training provided last year.
Said Chilenje: “MPs are making vibrant contributions during deliberations because of this training programme. The skills which they obtain from different courses really improve and enhance their knowledge in the House.”
She added that, with available resources, all parliamentarians are expected to undergo the training by the end of next year.
MIM executive director Precious Giva said 60 MPs already underwent the training last year and 30 more will be trained this week.
Said Giva: “Among other areas, the MPs are being equipped with skills and knowledge on conflict resolution, leadership development, financial management and information communication technology [ICT].
“We have done two previous cohorts. After the second cohort we did a programme review where we identified areas that require improvement and made changes. We also looked at the feedback we got from the previous cohorts and the effectiveness of each one was included in this programme.”
The training programme is being sponsored by Malawi Government in partnership with development partners, including the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).