Parliament will today launch the Malawi Parliament Enhancement Project (Mpep) to stimulate cordial political relations and strengthen institutional and individual capacity in improving performance and delivery of parliamentary functions.
Clerk of Parliament (CoP), Fiona Kalemba said in a statement issued yesterday that, among others, the project aims to increase Parliament’s autonomy by cultivating relations between the Legislature and the Executive and fostering transformational leadership.
Said the CoP in the statement: “Mpep also seeks to increase Parliament’s operational efficiency through designing and implementing a strengthening programme aimed at bolstering Parliament’s capacity for effective performance of the oversight, legislative and representation functions.”
Parliament will steer implementation of the project with leaders across the political spectrum.
It will also draw on local and international governance experts to provide technical assistance in the project’s implementation.
The project, which runs from December 2017 to November 2020, is expected to be presided over by Speaker of the National Assembly Richard Msowoya at Parliament building in Lilongwe.
The project is being funded by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs through the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Malawi and it is a partnership of the Malawi Parliament, the African Institute for Development Policy (Afidep) and the Institute for Policy Research and Social Empowerment (IPRSE). n