SUNY/CID Experts Assist National Legislature of Cote d’Ivoire
Members of the Cote d’Ivoire National Assembly met in Grand Bassam from January 30 – 31 to review and evaluate the Assembly’s implementation of its 2013 Annual Work Programme of the National Assembly (PTAN). The Work Programme was established under the direction of the President of the National Assembly, Guillaume Soro Kigbafori, to help ensure that the Parliament is able to accomplish its strategic plan for the legislative year. This workshop was underwritten by the USAID funded Legislative Support Program for Cote d’Ivoire and SUNY/CID experts participated to both facilitate the group’s deliberations and to assure that LSP’s programming aligned with the National Assembly’s goals and work planning.
The workshop was attended by over 50 participants including MPs, National Assembly staff, USAID representatives, and representatives of the UNOCI Office of Political Affairs, UNDP and ONUFEM. Jeanne Briggs, US Embassy Development Advisor and USAID Country Representative, gave the opening remarks noting “PTAN is the compass that guides the activities of technical and financial partners” and that ''USAID and SUNY/CID are [committed] to assisting the National Assembly in strengthening its capacities...'' Quester Abdoulaye Kone, Chair of the Scientific Committee, added that this mid-term evaluation provides an important opportunity to not only review progress but examine how to further develop the PTAN in order to advance the goals of the National Assembly.
The first part of the workshop examined the accomplishments and challenges encountered during the first stage of implementation and potential solutions. This was followed by a second phase in which the participants broke up into two committees to further explore how to overcome the challenges in order to more effectively move forward. The first committee examined the implementation of the PTAN focusing specifically on developing institutional guidelines to implement PTAN including its housing in the National Assembly and its composition. The second committee focused on finding and securing financing in order to more effectively move forward with the implementation of the PTAN.
The workshop closed on a high note with USAID representative Benjamin Olagboye commending the participants for their attendance and the quality of their work during the two day work shop and reaffirming USAID and SUNY/CID ‘s continuing support for this work. Questor Kone also spoke and thanked the participants for their work and participation. SUNY/CID will continue to aid the National Assembly of Cote d’Ivoire to better fulfill its basic legislative, representational and oversight functions by aiding with the implementation of PTAN and other initiatives.
Posted April 1, 2014