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Advocacy for capacity building of deputies and senators in legislative evaluation

Kinshasa, October 19th, 2021 (CPA).– The adviser to the Senate studies office in DRC and researcher, Germain Mbav Yav, pleaded on Saturday for the capacity building of national deputies and senators in order to familiarize themselves with the methods and appropriate legislative assessment techniques, in an interview with CPA.

Germain Mbav Yav expressed the wish to see senators and national elected familiarize themselves with legislative evaluation like that amplified by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the Center for Studies, Technics and Legislative Assessment (CETEL) of the University of Geneva.

He said that the capacity building of national elected and senators should go through their awareness of legislative evaluation.

Germain Mbav Yav advocated the professionalization of evaluation in DRC parliament through the establishment of parliamentary evaluation bodies or services in terms of competence centers or support for elected officials.

Concerned about consolidating the culture of evaluation among elected officials in DRC, he also recommended that Congolese elected representatives join regional parliamentary networks such as the Network of African Parliamentarians for Development Evaluation (APNODE).

According to the Congolese researcher, the National Assembly and the Senate have, since the current legislature, devoted the evaluation of laws, public policies and recommendations in their respective internal regulations.

« This new mission is not understood by most elected officials with the exception of a tiny part of them, a gap, which is not the preserve of the Congolese alone. It is observed in several quarters of the world, even in the parliaments of countries with old democracy”, he explained.

In a round table organized by APNODE network, headquartered in Abidjan, on June 4th, 2021, by videoconference, as part of 2021 global evaluation week under the theme: « The role of parliamentarians in the recovery of ‘Africa after the Covid-19’, Germain Mbav Yav had invited African MP to use the parliamentary recess to explain to voters the emerging issues that concern them. Among these problems, he cited in particular, the partnership to accelerate tests against Covid-19 or the African continental free trade agreement.


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