FIRST DEPUTY SPEAKER OPENS THE INDABA FOR THE JOINT PARLIAMENTARY PEER GROUP OF THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY OF ZAMBIA AND THE PARLIAMENT OF AUSTRIA.

First Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly of Zambia, Hon. Catherine Namugala MP, has said the Joint Parliamentary Peer Group for Members of Parliament primarily focuses on enhancing the capacity of the Zambian and Austrian Parliament in providing oversight on the implementation of sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 4.

Speaking when she opened the Indaba for the Joint Parliamentary Peer Group of the National Assembly of Zambia at Parliament Buildings on Monday, 8th October, 2018, Hon. Namugala stated that the availability of a skilled workforce is necessary to support the transition of all economic sectors towards highly productive activities, raise labour productivity and attract investment into the economy. Issues of lifelong learning, continuing professional development and knowledge production, alongside innovative, are key to building the capabilities of individuals and society as a whole. It is for these reasons that the first two strategies under Development outcome 2 of the seventh National Development plan focus on enhancing access to quality, equitable and inclusive education and enhancing access to skills training.

And speaking at the same occasion, Member of Parliament of the Joint Parliament Peer Group Hon. Dr Kalila, MP stated that the Joint Peer Group of the Parliaments of Austria and Zambia is aimed at actualizing this constitutional mandate by enhancing the capacity of MPs to provide oversight over the implementation of SDGS.

Dr Kalila, MP noted that the Indaba is about exchanging of knowledge on how we can collectively implement and realise SDG 4 with specific emphasis on target 4.4 which focuses on Quality Education and Relevant Skills for decent work.