Parliamentary staff develop skills to meet the impact of the fourth industrial revolution at 3rd SoCATT Africa Region Development Seminar in Namibia 

Namibia has hosted the 3rd Society-of-Clerks-at-the-Table (SoCATT) Africa Region Development Seminar for clerks and parliamentary staff from across the Africa Region from 2 to 4 July 2018 in Windhoek. The seminar was officially opened by the Chairperson of the National Council of Namibia, Hon. Margaret Mensah-Williams

The development agenda of the SoCATT African Region is aimed at improving the capacity of Parliaments to ensure the realisation of Africa’s development strategy, Agenda 2063. The SoCATT Africa Region hosts development seminars annually as part of its strategic plan and the overall purpose of the seminar is to harness the delegate's understanding and knowledge of the fourth Industrial Revolution in order to determine strategies and develop context-specific capacity building programmes for African Parliaments in the knowledge based economy. 

After the presentations on the fourth Industrial Revolution, the delegates split into regional sessions to explore a number of different areas including:
  • Assessing the readiness of parliamentary administration in the knowledge-based economy to respond to the fourth Industrial Revolution and its impact;
  • Revisiting the question of what knowledge, skills and abilities Parliamentarians and parliamentary administrations need to do their job;
  • Identifying the kind of capacity-building Programmes in a changing world and parliamentary environment; 
  • Making proposals on the enabling facilities and changes required for African Parliaments to meet the demands of the fourth Industrial Revolution;
  • Identifying strategies and proposals on how to manage and secure African Parliament’s intellectual knowledge; 
  • Identifying strategic partnerships for African Parliaments and their role in assisting Parliaments to attain the Agenda 2063 and Sustainable Development Goals – for example through Institutions of Higher Learning, Parliamentary Institutes and Research Institutes.

Radio Interview - Adv. Eric Phindela, Chairperson of SoCATT Africa speaks to Namibia Broadcasting Corporation National Radio at the conclusion of the SoCATT Africa Region Development Seminar about the role of parliament and parliamentarians in development. Please click here to listen to the radio interview.

For further information about SoCATT Africa Region please click here.


Updated 3rd July 2018.

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