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Press Release: Fifth high-level Meeting of the Board of the Global Centre for ICT in Parliament

The high-level Board of the Global Centre for ICT in Parliament held its fifth meeting at the Pan-African Parliament in Midrand, Johannesburg on 22 October 2010. The meeting took place during the World e-Parliament Conference 2010 organized by the United Nations, the Inter-Parliamentary Union, the Parliament of South Africa, the Pan-African Parliament and the Global Centre for ICT in Parliament.

Les avantages des réseaux parlementaires : Le cas de APKN

Time slot: 
09:30 - 11:00
Panelists
Moderator: 
Zingile Dingani, Secretary to the Parliament of South Africa
Panelists: 
Cecilia Matanga, Programme Officer, Africa i-Parliament Action Plan, UN/DESA
Simon Engitu, Chair of the APKN Working Group on Parliamentary Libraries, and Assistant Director, Library Services, Parliament of Uganda
Mireille Eza, Director of Noria, Parliamentary Assembly of the Francophonie

La mission de l’APKN est de soutenir les travaux des Assemblées africaines en établissant des mécanismes et des procédures d'échange d'information et d'expérience dans des domaines d'intérêt commun. Il entend également améliorer la coopération pour le développement institutionnel, le renforcement des capacités et la formation du personnel, et collaborer pour le développement technologique en vue d’assurer les fonctions parlementaires.

Construire un bibliothèque parlementaire basée sur les TIC

Time slot: 
14:30 - 16:00
Panelists
Moderator: 
Raissa Teodori, Secretary of the IFLA Section on Libraries and Research Services for Parliaments and Head of the Special Collection Office of the Library of the Senate of Italy
Panelists: 
Soledad Ferreiro, Director of the Library of the Congress of Chile
Sari Pajula, Director of the Library of the Parliament of Finland
Roxanne Missingham, Librarian of the Parliament of Australia

A l’heure actuelle, les collections de ressources et d’archives organisées et conservées par les services de bibliothèque et de recherche peuvent être des outils dynamiques accédés de manière quotidienne par les parlementaires et le public pour obtenir des références et contexte concernant les débats politiques actuels. Cependant, peu de services de bibliothèque et de recherche parlementaires ont été en mesure de développer et de fournir cette aide novatrice. Beaucoup sont de petite taille, avec des ressources modestes et en retard dans l'adoption des technologies.

Allocutions d'ouverture

Time slot: 
10:00 - 11:00
Panelists
Moderator: 
Zwelethu L. Madasa, Clerk of the Pan-African Parliament
Panelists: 
Radhakrishna Lutchmana Padayachie, Deputy Minister of Public Service and Administration of the Republic of South Africa
Jeffrey Griffith, Senior Advisor, Global Centre for ICT in Parliament
  1. Gouverner en temps de mutations technologiques
  2. Aperçu des conclusions du Rapport mondial 2010 sur l'e-Parlement

Cérémonie d'ouverture

Time slot: 
09:00 - 10:00
Panelists
Moderator: 
Zwelethu L. Madasa, Clerk of the Pan-African Parliament
Panelists: 
Thomas Stelzer, Assistant-Secretary-General for Policy Coordination and Inter-Agency Affairs of the United Nations
Ntlhoi Motsamai, Speaker of the National Assembly of Lesotho
Mninwa Johannes Mahlangu, Chairperson of the National Council of Provinces of South Africa
Moussa Idriss Ndélé, President of the Pan-African Parliament

Official closing of the World e-Parliament Conference 2010

Time slot: 
18:00 - 18:30
Panelists
Moderator: 
Hammi Laroussi, 3rd Vice President of the Pan-African Parliament
Panelists: 
Obed Bapela, House Chairperson, National Assembly of South Africa
John-Mary Kauzya, Chief, Governance and Public Administration Branch, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, United Nations

The benefits of parliamentary networks: the APKN case

Time slot: 
09:30 - 11:00
Panelists
Moderator: 
Zingile Dingani, Secretary to the Parliament of South Africa
Panelists: 
Cecilia Matanga, Programme Officer, Africa i-Parliament Action Plan, UN/DESA
Simon Engitu, Chair of the APKN Working Group on Parliamentary Libraries, and Assistant Director, Library Services, Parliament of Uganda
Mireille Eza, Director of Noria, Parliamentary Assembly of the Francophonie

The mission of the Africa Parliamentary Knowledge Network (APKN) is to support the work of African assemblies by establishing mechanisms and procedures for exchanging information and experience in areas of common interest. It also intends to strengthen cooperation for institutional development, capacity building and staff training, and collaborate on technology development to serve parliamentary functions.

The Workshop on "ICT Strategic Planning in Parliaments of the Caribbean" took place in Barbados

27 September - Hon. Michael Carrington, Speaker of the House of Assembly of Barbados, opened the Workshop on ICT Strategic Planning in Parliaments of the Caribbean addressing parliamentary delegations of twelve countries attending the meeting. The Workshop, co-organized by the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, through the Global Centre for ICT in Parliament, and the Caribbean Centre for Development Administration (CARICAD), focused on experiences and methodologies to better plan ICT processes in the legislative environment.

Building an ICT-based parliamentary library

Time slot: 
14:30 - 16:00
Panelists
Moderator: 
Raissa Teodori, Secretary of the IFLA Section on Libraries and Research Services for Parliaments and Head of the Special Collection Office of the Library of the Senate of Italy
Panelists: 
Soledad Ferreiro, Director of the Library of the Congress of Chile
Sari Pajula, Director of the Library of the Parliament of Finland
Roxanne Missingham, Librarian of the Parliament of Australia

Today, collections of resources and archives organized and maintained by libraries and research services can be dynamic tools accessed on a daily basis by parliamentarians and the public to provide background and context to current policy debates. However, only a few parliamentary libraries and research services have been able to develop and provide this advanced assistance. Many are small, resource constrained and lagging behind in their adoption of technology.

Keynote addresses

Time slot: 
10:00 - 11:00
Panelists
Moderator: 
Zwelethu L. Madasa, Clerk of the Pan-African Parliament
Panelists: 
Radhakrishna Lutchmana Padayachie, Deputy Minister of Public Service and Administration of the Republic of South Africa
Jeffrey Griffith, Senior Advisor, Global Centre for ICT in Parliament
  1. Governing at a time of technological changes
  2. An overview of the findings of the World e-Parliament Report 2010

Opening Ceremony

Time slot: 
09:00 - 10:00
Panelists
Moderator: 
Zwelethu L. Madasa, Clerk of the Pan-African Parliament
Panelists: 
Thomas Stelzer, Assistant-Secretary-General for Policy Coordination and Inter-Agency Affairs of the United Nations
Ntlhoi Motsamai, Speaker of the National Assembly of Lesotho
Mninwa Johannes Mahlangu, Chairperson of the National Council of Provinces of South Africa
Moussa Idriss Ndélé, President of the Pan-African Parliament

List of Delegations - World e-Parliament Conference 2010

National Parliaments

  • House of Elders of Afghanistan
  • Council of the Nation of Algeria
  • Senate of Argentina
  • National Assembly of Armenia
  • Parliament of Australia
  • National Assembly of Azerbaijan
  • Shura Council of Bahrain
  • Parliament of Bangladesh
  • Parliament of Barbados
  • House of Representatives of Belgium
  • National Assembly of Benin
  • National Council of Bhutan
  • Chamber of Deputies of Bolivia
  • National Assembly of Botswana
  • Chamber of Deputies of Brazil
  • National Assembly of

IPEX: Interparliamentary EU Information Exchange

Exchanging EU information among parliaments has become increasingly important during the past decade. In order to facilitate the flow of information, national parliaments - in cooperation with the European Parliament - have created their own database and website – www.ipex.eu.

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