Opening in Kinshasa of the 1st Congress of the Senate with the Presidents of the 26 Provincial Assemblies

The President of the Senate, Modeste Bahati Lukwebo

Kinshasa, November 16th, 2021 (CPA) – The Minister Delegate to the President of the Republic, Nana Manuanina, on behalf of the Head of State Felix Antoine Tshisekedi Tshilombo, opened on Monday, the first congress bringing together the Senate and the Provincial Assemblies at Béatrice Hôtel, in Gombe municipality.

This framework for dialogue, placed under the high patronage of the Head of State, will provide an overview of decentralized entities, in order to curb crises between provincial institutions which do not facilitate their development.

The presidents of the provincial assemblies and the directors of their respective administrations will reflect, for 4 days, on how to improve and strengthen institutional links, with a view to good governance of the provinces.

The president of the senate, Modeste Bahati Lukwebo, maintained, in his speech for the occasion, that this first congress, between the Senate and the institutions from which it is the emanation, will restore confidence and the financial relationship between the provincial assemblies, the central government and provincial governors.

Framework for dialogue and consultation

“Our meeting is a constitutional provision which provides for consultation of the Senate on the proper functioning of the provincial assemblies. It turns out that the situation in our various provinces is not bright to date. There are recurring crises in most of the provinces of our country. We, the Senate, which emanate from the provincial assemblies and represent the provinces, we cannot sit back in the face of such a situation which ultimately plagues economic and social development », he declared.

It is within this framework that a framework for dialogue and consultation was created, within which will take place, added Modeste Bahati, exchanges on all the questions and problems that arise at the level of the provinces and the provincial assemblies. ,

Work is continuing in a workshop to assess the needs of each province and to propose lasting solutions that will then be translated into resolutions and recommendations. This forum for the implementation of the framework for dialogue and consultation is an initiative of the President of the Senate, Modeste Bahati, as part of the reforms undertaken by him and the office of the Upper House of Parliament. This framework, provided for in Law No. 013 of January 22nd, 2013 on fundamental principles relating to the free administration of the provinces, has never been implemented, it should be remembered. ACP /