The Acting Clerk of the National Assembly of Zambia calls for quality Report Writing and Recommendations by the Committee Department

The Acting Clerk of the National Assembly, Mr Roy Ngulube, has called for improved quality reporting and recommendations by the Committee Department. He said this on Monday, 9th August, 2022, when he officially opened the Capacity Building Workshop on Annual & Evaluation Report Analysis and Report Writing for selected Members of Staff of the National Assembly, at Lake Kariba Inn, in Siavonga. The Workshop which runs from the 8th to 11th August, 2022, is jointly organised by the National Assembly of Zambia, in particular the Committee Department, and the European Union (EU) through its Support to the National Assembly of Zambia Project Phase II (NAZ II). The Project is part of the Support to Effectiveness and Transparency in Management of Public Resources (EFFECT) Programme that the European Union is supporting in Zambia. The project at the National Assembly of Zambia aims at enhancing the parliamentary budgetary oversight function and public awareness of parliamentary activities and policy debates. 
The Acting Clerk informed the participants that with the enactment of the National Planning and Budgeting Act, 2020, and the Public Debt Management Act, 2022, the scope of planning and budgeting oversight of the National Assembly has been widened, calling for an urgent need for the Committee Department and other supporting Departments such as Research, Monitoring and Evaluation and the Budget Office to effectively equip themselves with quality report writing. Mr Ngulube appreciated the work of the Committee Department for having shown its ability to carry out new tasks such as successfully coordinating the scrutiny of the Eighth National Development Plan (8NDPL) during the approval process. He further encouraged the Committee Department to continue working closely with other Departments in the institution in order to support the work of MPs.
Meanwhile, MrThokazani Kamanga, Principal Clerk, PRP, thanked the National Assembly of Zambia Management for its continued support in building capacity to Members of Staff as they support the Constitutional mandate of MPs. The Workshop was attended by selected Members of Staff from the Committee, Research, Parliamentary Budget Office (PBO), Monitoring and Evaluation and Parliamentary Reforms Programme (PRP) Departments, officers from NIRAS and resourced by Dr Vincent Kanyamuna from the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zambia.