South Africa - Pan African Parliament and World Bank to discuss Development
May 13, 2011
May 14, 2011
Midrand, South Africa, May 13-14, 2011 – The World Bank and the Pan-African Parliament (PAP), in partnership with the African Parliamentary Centre organized a special seminar on International Development for over 50 members of parliament from Africa. The training focused on the role of International Financial Institutions in meeting Africa’s development challenges. “African Parliamentarians are a very important constituency in the development agenda, and they have shown, in many instances, that they can hold their government accountable and influence the political will for attainment of their set development goals” said Colin Bruce, World Bank Director for Operations in the Africa Region.
The goal of the seminar was to provide parliamentarians in Africa with practical knowledge about international development and expose them to thousands of freely available development resources, as a way of fostering informed debate in Africa as well as equipping the legislators to better exercise their oversight role both at the national and global levels. “One of the aims of the PAP is to encourage good governance, transparency and accountability in Member States and we hope that this training in international development will equip the members with the requisite skills to debate development issues constructively and with the requisite knowledge” said Hon. Dr. Moussa Idriss Ndélé, President of the Pan-Pan African Parliament. Participants also had a chance to discuss the new Africa Strategy and concrete development success stories. Presentations were given by experts from the World Bank, IFC and the IMF, parliamentary organizations, parliamentarians and scholars.